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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].
1. Events/Lectures/Schemes (keep an eye out for registration & dates)
Virtual Treasury 101Research Showcase
Date: Saturday, 1 July 2023 Time: 1.30 – 5pm
Virtual Treasury 101 Research Showcase: Step into the Past and Back to the Future
Venue: Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre (Room 2043)Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin (entrance via Nassau Street Gate)
DETAILS & BOOKING HERE
Archaeology of the Revolution in East Limerick (tomorrow 27 June)
FREE workshop about the revolutionary years in East Limerick with Abarta Heritage and UCD Archaeology. Tomorrow night in Knocklong Community Centre @ 7pm. All are welcome to come along to hear more about this project, share stories and have a look at objects from the time.
Ireland in 1923 (last lecture tomorrow 27 June)
Dublin City Council Historian in Residence Cormac Moore will hold a 5-part lecture series ‘Ireland in 1923’.
In-person at Pearse Street Library every Tuesdays at 6:30pm, starting May 30. Talk will also be live-streamed. Free registration, but limited capacity. E: [email protected]
Irish Revolution Book Club The Ballymun Library Irish Revolution Book Club with Historian in Residence, James Curry
Wednesday 28th June at 6.30pm, to discuss The Battle of the Four Courts by Michael FewerBooking: Places limited so booking required.Please contact the library T. 222 8355 E. [email protected] to reserve your place to attend. Article from History Ireland by Michael Fewer on the Four Courts
Talks at the Mess: A History of the GAA in 100 Objects Talks at the Mess is a series of talks at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore that celebrate the rich stories and experiences of the local community, past and present. The story of the GAA is the story of great individuals, like Kay Mills from Inchicore. It is also the story of material culture. Within this talk Siobhán Doyle, author of the hugely successful A History of the GAA in 100 Objects, joins us to discuss how items can tell the story of the Gaelic Athletic Association. DETAILS & BOOKING HERE
ARCHIWomen in the nineteenth century
A talk by Liz Gillis in the Custom House Visitor Centre on women in the nineteenth century. This talk will take place on July 14th at 6:30pm. Tickets are free, but limited. Email [email protected] to book
ARCHIArchives and Records Association 2023 Annual Conference
The 2023 theme is ‘Communities’.
Over three days we will talk about communities of users, stakeholders, colleagues, and collaborators. Revisiting and rebuilding relationships and connections, addressing issues prevalent within and between us, whilst, all the time, enriching our professional community with learning and inspiration. 30 Aug – 1 Sept 2023 / Europa Hotel Belfast DETAILS & BOOKING HERE
West Cork History Festival
The 2023 West Cork History Festival (11-13 August) will be the first fully in-person Festival since 2019. We’ll have the same fantastic history – local, national and international – and the same informal atmosphere but in a new venue, the beautiful and historic Inish Beg estate. Our 2023 Festival has two main themes, firstly a focus on the Irish Civil War and the Decade of Centenaries and secondly Munster and Ireland’s mercantile connections in the 18th century, notably the trade and consumption of wine but also the Atlantic slave trade. We will have our customary Festival concert, and Field Trips to locations of historic interest in West Cork – some of these will be walking tours but we will also have a kayaking trip to locations along the coast. On the Irish Civil War & Decade of Centenaries we’ll have, amongst others, Professor Robert Gerwarth on ‘Europe’s Age of Civil Wars, 1917-1949’, Professor Caitríona Beaumont on her project ‘Afterlives of Activist Women’ looking at Ireland, Germany and Finland and Dr Eve Morrison on ‘Trauma, Democracy and the Irish Civil War’ as well as Dr Edward Burke on ‘Echoes of the violence of the 1920s in the 1970s’ Taking a comparative perspective with the English Civil War will be Dr Nicholas McDowell who will speak on ‘The Poetry of Civil War: from Milton to Yeats’. We’ll also have two panel discussions on the Decade of Centenaries, one with academic historians and the other with writers, civil society leaders and heritage professionals. FULL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE
‘Oral History of the Royal Irish Constabulary’
Call for Participants
The ‘Oral History of the Royal Irish Constabulary’ project, funded by a Royal Irish Academy Decade of Centenaries Bursary, is seeking to contact children, nephews/nieces, or
grandchildren of members of the Royal Irish Constabulary who served anywhere on the island of Ireland at any time between 1912 and 1922.
Participants with any family knowledge of their relative’s service in the RIC (and, if applicable, other organizations such as the IRA, RUC, or An Garda Síochána) and/or their lives and careers after their time in the RIC are encouraged to contact the researchers, Dr Brian Hughes and Dr Seán Gannon, on the email addresses below. Participants will be invited to take part in a semi-structured, recorded interview with one of the researchers at a pre-arranged time and location.
We are also interested in viewing documents or other relevant ephemera held in family possession.
This research study has received Ethics approval from the Mary Immaculate College Research Ethics Committee (MIREC), ref: A23-014.
Dr Brian Hughes ([email protected])
Dr Seán William Gannon ([email protected])
Royal Irish Academy Decade of Centenaries Bursary scheme awardees
The Royal Irish Academy has announced the twenty Decade of Centenaries Bursary scheme awardees, as part of the final year of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-
2023, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
This year, the scheme is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Éamon Phoenix, Historian and Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College in Belfast, who was a valued
member of the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations, which supported and encouraged the development of this scheme.
The Decade of Centenaries bursary scheme was established to encourage and support new local research and local history studies in meaningful examination of local, regional, and
national events during the Struggle for Independence and Civil War period.
This scheme acknowledges the important role that local historians often have in communities, as informed and trusted researchers whether, amateur or professional.
Alan Noonan for ‘Mapping Cork safe houses during the war of independence’.
Angus Mitchell for ‘The hill of Uisneach and the struggle for Irish independence (1906-1928)’.
Brian Hughes for ‘Oral history of the Royal Irish Constabulary’.
Dawn-Miranda Sherratt Bado for ‘’The war has caught us up’ – a cultural history of the Irish Revolution through women’s writing’.
Fiona Brennan for ‘Upstaging a revolution the amateur dramatic movement in Co. Kerry 1923-1936, deflecting from and reflecting upon the revolutionary period’.
Istvan Laszlo for ‘Interactive monuments in the digitally mediated city’.
John Biggins for ‘Life in the Dáil Courts’.
Liam Heffron for ‘The local unionist experience of the Irish Civil War in North Mayo’.
Máire McCafferty for ‘Language beyond borders – the relationship between Coláiste Bhríde, Ranafast, and the Irish language movement in Northern Ireland during the
Marie Lynch for ‘A decade of disturbance – the impact of revolution and civil war on presentations of mental illness to Ireland’s oldest psychiatric hospital’.
Michael Doorley for ‘Dr Patrick McCartan: a revolutionary envoy’.
Michael Loughman for ‘A Wexford family sundered: the Ryans of Tomcoole and the Irish Civil War’.
Noel Carolan for ‘’Dread story of famine-ghastly state of Connemara’ The early Irish Free State and food supply crisis in 1922 and 1925’.
Patrick Mulroe for ‘A profile of border internees in Northern Ireland, 1922’.
Patrick O’Brien for ‘The Irish tax man cometh: building the tax system in the Irish Free State, 1923-1925’.
Peter Connell for ‘Housing conditions in provincial towns and the 1922 million pound housing scheme’.
Richard McElligott for ‘Echoes of war -the everyday legacy of the Civil War in North Kerry 1923-1934’.
Ruth McManus for ‘Housing the people, building the state – the community legacy of 1920s Free State housing policy’.
Shane Ryan for ‘Similar beginnings, alternative paths’.
Terence Dunne for ‘Surviving the revolution’.
Exhibition: Window on the Irish soul – 100 years of Irish stamps
‘Window on the Irish soul’ is a new exhibition at the Royal Irish Academy in collaboration with An Post Museum and Archive celebrating 100 years of Irish stamps and displaying material from the heritage collections of both institutions. The exhibition features one of the earliest stamp albums – a unique collection of Irish revenue stamps collated in 1774. It also compliments a digital collaboration between An Post and the Royal Irish Academy in late 2022, which culminated in an online exhibition to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty when the newly independent Irish Post Office issued the first official Irish stamp – the well-known twopenny green Map of Ireland design. The exhibition is free to visit, and available to view in the Meeting Room of the Royal Irish Academy until 28 July 2023. Open Monday to Friday 10:00 – 17:00 and no booking required. More information here. FULL DETAILS HERE
‘hearts ne’er waver’: The Women Prisoners of the Irish Civil War
Voices, an exhibition of works by Margo McNulty OPW presents two new exhibitions in Kilmainham Gaol
Museum on the experiences of women prisoners duringthe Irish Civil War *30 May 2023 to 30 April 2024* The Office of Public Works (OPW) at Kilmainham Gaol Museum presents two special exhibitions to mark the centenary of the imprisonment of over 600 women during the Irish Civil War. ‘hearts ne’er waver’ explores the experiences of women imprisoned between November 1922 and December 1923 in Mountjoy Prison, Kilmainham Gaol and a special female political prison camp set up in the former North Dublin Union in Grangegorman. The exhibition tells stories of hunger strikes, forced removals and escape attempts, as well as prison concerts, fancy dress parties and games of rounders played in the prison yards using a chair-leg as a bat.
Among the items on display are prison letters, diaries and autograph books, as well as items made by the women during their imprisonment such as a crocheted blouse, an embroidered pyjama case and a significant body of work created by the artist Grace Gifford Plunkett. She found herself a prisoner in Kilmainham Gaol in 1923, having previously married her husband Joseph Plunkett in the prison chapel the night before his execution in the Gaol following the 1916 Rising. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a tricolour featuring the emblem of Cumann na mBan which was made in Kilmainham Gaol by a group of women prisoners from Carlow. In the years that followed this flag was used to drape the coffins of these women as well as other veterans of the struggle for independence in Carlow. Following extensive conservation work, this flag is on display for the first time in over twenty-five years.
Running in parallel with ‘hearts ne’er waver’ is an exhibition of work by the artist Margo McNulty entitled ‘Voices’. This collection of paintings and prints hauntingly evokes the atmosphere of Kilmainham Gaol and offers glimpses of the personalities of the women prisoners incarcerated there
during the Civil War. Much of the work is inspired by personal items that once belonged to the women prisoners which now survive in both public and private collections. In 2022 Margo McNulty was a recipient of the Decade of Centenaries Markievicz Award which is given by the
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to artists involved in the commemoration of the role of women during the Irish Revolutionary period.
The exhibition will be launched Tuesday 30 May at 6pm by Professor Laura McAtackney from the Radical Humanities Laboratory and School of Archaeology at University College, Cork. Among her many research projects, she undertook a close and systematic survey of the graffiti in Kilmainham Gaol, much of which relates to the women held there in 1923.
MORE DETAILS HERE
The Civil War Project
The final index in this project has just been released: maps & articles by Diarmaid Ferriter, Gavin Foster, Brian Hanley, Gerard Shannon, Síobhra Aiken & Eve Morrison explore the end of the Civil War and its legacies.FULL DETAILS HERE
Digital Collections Cork Revolutionary Period 1912-1923
Cork Archives have an extensive collection digitised, and more that can be viewed in person in their research room. FULL DETAILS HERE
Photographs as historical sources
Are historians visually illiterate? Does colourisation bring old photographs to life or is it just a passing
fad? ‘Coffee-table’ history books—good or bad? In conjunction with the ongoing People & Places:
Ireland in the 19th & 20th centuries exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, these are some
of the questions that will be posed by editor, Tommy Graham, to Donal Fallon (historian, writer and
broadcaster), Emily Mark Fitzgerald (UCD), and Sara Smyth (exhibition curator, National Library of Ireland). This Hedge School is supported by the National Library of Ireland and was recorded live, 31 May 2023,@ National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar. LISTEN HERE
Labour and the Civil War
Organised labour had played a leading role (strikes, boycotts etc.) in the Irish revolution, and that
was reflected in a substantial vote in the June 1922 general election. Yet a year later that vote had
almost halved. Why? Join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in discussion with Adrian Grant, Brian Hanley, Theresa Moriarty and Emmet O’Connor.
This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and
Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 initiative.
Memorialising the Civil War
How was the Civil War memorialized—by both sides? Who won the ‘memory war’? To address these and other questions listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Conor Dodd, John Dorney, Mary McAuliffe and Caitlin White.
This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and
Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative and by Phibsborough Community Arts
Festival (Phizzfest). Recorded @ Phizzfest 23, 12 May 23, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Cavan Decade of Centenaries
At the link below, you can watch some of the ‘webisodes’ and online lectures delivered by Cavan County Council Historian in Residence Dr Brendan Scott, and guest lecturers from across Ireland and the UK, discussing historical incidents of note that occurred in Cavan 100 years ago as part of the ongoing Decade of Centenaries Commemorations. ALL EPISODES HERE
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