| January 2021 |
News and updates on the programme of commemorations relating to the events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1923. If you would like to inform us of any suitable material for future newsletters – anything related to the Decade of Centenaries – please feel free to email email@example.com.
Markievicz Award: NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
Thursday 4th February@ 5.30pm
The purpose of this award is to:
a. honour Constance de Markievicz — herself an artist — as the first woman, to be elected to parliament and appointed to Cabinet;
and to b. provide support for artists from all backgrounds and genres to buy time and space in order to develop new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the Decade of Centenaries 2012-23, and beyond.
Markievicz Award recipients will receive €20,000, and awards will be made to up to ten applicants in 2021. Joint applications are welcomed. The award is administered by the Arts Council on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and is open via a public call to artists working in all arts genres supported by the Arts Council.
2021 will be the 3rd year of the Award.
Full details here
The January/February edition of History Ireland is now available to purchase in shops and online *here*
– an insight into the Louth 1920 online archives exhibition
– Cork in 1920 as seen through the Nano Nagle archives
– a reappraisal of Tom Kettle
– The ‘disappeared’ of Tipperary in the War of Independence and Civil War
– School’s Essay Competition winner Aisling Gallagher on ‘The killing of RIC Sergeant Henry Cronin, October 1920’
– plus reviews of several books on Kevin Barry and Bloody Sunday.
Available to buy here
Resources for Leaving Cert History Students
The Dictionary of Irish Biography team have created a collection of their biographies that relate to figures on the Leaving Cert History curriculum.
Part 1. Ireland and the Union
Part 2. Movements for political and social reform 1870–1914
Charles Stewart Parnell
William Butler Yeats
Part 3. Pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition 1912–1949
Éamon de Valera
William Thomas Cosgrave J
ames J. McElligott
Richard Dawson Bates
Part 4. The Irish diaspora 1840–1966
Richard Welsted (‘Boss’) Croker
Dónall Mac Amhlaigh
Mother Mary Martin
Part 5. Politics in Northern Ireland 1949–1993
Resource available here
History Ireland podcasts
Wicklow in the revolutionary decade (2 parts)
While not in the vanguard of armed activity in the revolutionary decade, Wicklow was, nevertheless, active in other respects. Moreover, its unique characteristics—proximity to Dublin, pioneering development of tourism, and one of the highest Protestant populations outside Ulster—make it worthy of study.
Part 1: North Listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham in discussion with Rosemary Raughter (Greystones), James Scannell (Bray), Brian White (Enniskerry) and John Dorney (editor of ‘The Irish Story’).
Part 2: South Join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham in discussion with Sheila Clarke (Ashford), Brendan Flynn (Wicklow), Kevin Lee (Carnew), Jim Rees (Arklow), Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc (author of several books on the Irish revolution). Supported by the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Wicklow County Council’s Archives Service.
Podcasts available here
History Ireland podcasts The Government of Ireland Act 1920—100 years of partition
Originally conceived as a ‘temporary’ amendment to the Third Home Rule Act, on the statute book since 1914, the 1920 Government of Ireland Act was presciently derided by the Freeman’s Journal as ‘the Dismemberment of Ireland Bill’—partition was the only element of it to endure. How did it come about and what were its effects over the following century?
Listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, discuss these questions with Dr Martin Mansergh, Cormac Moore, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan and Professor Brian Walker.
This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.
Podcast available here
History Ireland podcasts
Kildare in the revolutionary decade
While not in the vanguard of armed activity during the War of Independence, Kildare was central to the ‘revolutionary decade’ as whole, not only for its strategic importance and proximity to Dublin but in particular as the site of the largest British military establishment at the Curragh and elsewhere. It also has the dubious distinction of being the county worst affected by the flu pandemic of 1918-19. Listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with James Durney, John Gibney, Ida Milne and Fionnuala Walsh.
This podcast is supported by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Programme and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.
Podcast available here
What’s in a Name? Dun Leary – Kingstown – Dún Laoghaire: A Visual History
dlr Libraries acquired nearly 700 postcards of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area from the sale of the Seamus Kearns Collection of Postcards in 2019. These images form the basis of a publication entitled What’s in a Name? Dun Leary – Kingstown – Dún Laoghaire: A Visual History, an accompanying onsite and online exhibition featuring a selection of these postcards and a series of talks and videos to mark the centenary of the name change.#
In addition, a Primary Schools resource for teachers can be found *here*.
Find out more here
This work explores the folk history, traditions and narratives of the Protestant minority in the Republic of Ireland. The author investigates the cultural, rather than simply faith-based, aspects of the group, incorporating issues of identity, custom and belief in a study that took place with the support of the National Folklore Collection. It includes experiences of life during the Easter Rising, War of Independence and the Civil War.
To mark the centenary of the foundation of the state of Northern Ireland in 2021, this significant work examines the major political developments of that momentous period in Irish history. It also explores the multi-faceted nature of the communal violence that blighted the North in its early years. The author concludes by investigating the 1925 findings of the Boundary Commission, as well as assessing the legacy of what was to become Northern Ireland.
Women and the Irish Revolution examines diverse aspects of women’s experiences in the revolution after the Easter Rising. The complex role of women as activists, the detrimental impact of violence and social and political divisions on women, the role of women in the foundation of the new State, and dynamics of remembrance and forgetting are explored in detail by leading scholars in sociology, history, politics, and literary studies.
In this exciting new updated edition, drawing on new research and the most recent material in this field, John Dorney, historian and editor of The Irish Story website, examines the roots of the revolution, using the experiences of the men and women of the time.
This book provides an illuminating and unique analysis of the political rivalry between all the major parties during Ireland’s revolutionary years. Elaine Callinan places her study within the wider contexts of the modernization of propaganda during the Great War and the expansion of consumerism to conduct an examination of election activity – from candidate selection and fundraising to door-to-door canvassing, and everything in between.
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