January 2021

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 protected].  

Closing date
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*  

Contents include:  
– 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 
Daniel O’Connell 
Thomas Davis 
Charles Trevelyan 
Charles Kickham 
James Stephens 
Asenath Nicholson 
Mary Aikenhead 
Paul Cullen 
William Carleton 
William Dargan 

Part 2. Movements for political and social reform 1870–1914 
Charles Stewart Parnell 
John Redmond
Edward Carson
Isabella Tod 
Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington 
James Connolly
Michael Davitt
James Larkin 
Douglas Hyde
William Butler Yeats 

Part 3. Pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition 1912–1949 
Patrick Pearse
Éamon de Valera
Arthur Griffith
Michael Collins
Constance Markievicz
William Thomas Cosgrave J
ames J. McElligott
James Craig
Richard Dawson Bates
Evie Hone 

Part 4. The Irish diaspora 1840–1966 
John Devoy
Richard Welsted (‘Boss’) Croker 
Daniel Mannix
Dónall Mac Amhlaigh
Paul O’Dwyer
Edward Galvin
Mother Mary Martin 

Part 5. Politics in Northern Ireland 1949–1993 
Terence O’Neill 
Brian Faulkner 
Seamus Heaney 

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 

Recent publications  

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.  
Buy Here 

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. 
Buy Here 

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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