March 2023

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March 2023  
 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)              
 Decade of Centenaries Bursary             
The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is pleased to undertake the development and delivery of this Bursary scheme as part of the commemorative programme for the final phase of the Decade of Centenaries.The aim of this scheme is to encourage new local research and local history studies (local, national and regional) as a means of recognising the significant contribution of local historians in furthering fields of study relating to the struggle for independence and the civil war period within their communities.This year the Decade of Centenaries Bursary scheme is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr Éamon Phoenix.The Centenaries Grants scheme opened to applications on 15 February 2023 and will close on 5 April 2023.
All queries can be sent to [email protected].
FULL DETAILS HERE               

Kildare County Council          
Decade of  Commemorations 2023 Grant Schemes            T
The County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Community Heritage Grant Scheme is open for applications to individuals, groups and organisations in County Kildare that are carrying out projects in relation to the Decade of Commemorations (1912-23) period.Funding of between €400 and €2500 is available for individual projects under the grant scheme.Commemorative projects that promote community engagement, especially those relating to County Kildare in the period 1922-23, are particularly encouraged. Closing date for applications is Friday the 10th of March 2023 at 5pm  

Kildare Decade of Commemorations Creative & Artistic Bursary Award(s)The Decade of Commemorations Creative & Artistic Bursary Awards are open for applications from individual artists, art groups and community groups from County Kildare for artistic and creative community-led responses based on the Decade of Commemorations themes also. Funding of up to €7,500 is available for individual projects under the grant scheme.Examples of successful projects awarded funding in recent years including artistic work on the impact of the revolutionary decade on the people of County Kildare, a historic images exhibition and a celebration of Irish art and literature through drama.Closing date for applications is Friday the 10th of March 2023 at 5pm.FULL DETAILS HERE       

The End of the Civil War In-person talk with historian John Dorney on Thursday 23rd March @ 7pm. Venue: Celbridge Community Library, St Patrick’s Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare, W23 VA47. All welcome. REGISTRATION HERE          

Laois Decade of Centenaries Lectures   Laois Libraries in collaboration with Terry Dunne, Laois Historian-in-Residence, is delighted to present two online history talk in March. The first talk, The Dublin Guard in the Civil War by John Dorney, takes place on Tuesday 7 March 2023 at 7 pm. This online event tells the story of Mick Dunne, who was of Portarlington-extraction, and the Dublin Guard – a unit of the National Army with a particularly bloody Civil War record comprised of some of the most militant I.R.A. ‘gunmen’ of the Tan War. A century ago, on the night of March 6th, 1923 Captain Mick Dunne of the National Army’s Dublin Guard was killed along with several comrades in an I.R.A. booby-trap explosion in Kerry – an event which launched a series of retaliatory atrocities. John Dorney is an independent historian and chief editor and writer of the Irish Story website. He has written for many journals and media outlets including History Ireland, Saothair the Labour History journal, The Revolution Papers, The Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and the Irish News. His works include  Peace After the Final Battle; the Story of the Irish Revolution published by New Island Press in 2014 and  The Irish Civil War in Dublin, the fight for the Irish capital 1922-1924  published in 2017 by Merrion Press. 
The second talk, Irish South Asian Radical Connections by Catherine Candy and Laurence Cox, takes place on Tuesday, 21st March 2023 at 7pm. Terry Dunne’s Local history articles, available on the Laois Local Studies website, have touched on the impact of Empire on local events and the experiences of Laois people in the colonial machinery including the Leinster Regiment and Indian Civil Service. This talk looks at the impact of Irish people as agitators against Empire and agents of decolonisation in British controlled South Asia in the early 20th Century. From Margaret Cousins (pictured above, on right, c. 1913), leading Irish suffragist, feminist and cultural revivalist, who became a key player in the Indian Freedom movement, to Dublin born Laurence Carroll, later known as Dhammaloka, the first foreign Buddhist monk in Burma and radical opponent of British political and cultural colonisation in that region.Catherine Candy is Associate Professor of British Imperial History at the University of New Orleans and author of the forthcoming ‘Mystics against Empire: Margaret and James Cousins, 1873-1956.’ Laurence Cox is Professor at the Sociology Department of Maynooth University and co-author of ‘The Irish Buddhist: the forgotten monk who faced down the British Empire’ published in 2020 by Oxford University Press.Both online events are free to attend.  
Booking link for The Dublin Guard
Booking link for Irish South Asian Connections 

Mná100 2023 marks the centenary of Margaret Cousins becoming the first Non-Indian Magistrate in 1923  Mná100 have compiled a video which looks at her life and legacy in both Ireland and India.  VIEW HERE      

Poetry as Commemoration         
Kilkenny/Tipperary/WexfordPoetry as Commemoration workshops coming to Kilkenny 
Dates: Wednesdays 8th & 15th of March Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm.Location: Kilkenny City Branch Library, John’s Quay. Poet and fiction writer, Mary O’Donnell, will lead two Poetry as Commemoration workshops at Kilkenny City Branch Library during which  participants will respond to local and national archival material from the War of Independence & the Civil War. Afterwards they will be invited to submit their work to a special Poetry as Commemoration archive preserved in UCD Special Collections. Participants who have family stories or materials relating to the revolutionary period are invited to share these, but no family connection is necessary and all are welcome.
Book your place by calling 056 77 94 174 or emailing [email protected]
Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops. 

Poetry as Commemoration workshops coming to TipperaryDates: Tuesdays 14 & 21 MarchTime: 6-8pmLocation: The Source Arts Centre, Thurles Cathedral St, Thurles

Poet David McLoghlin will lead two Poetry as Commemoration workshops using materials from Tipperary Local Studies Department as creative prompts. During the first workshop Librarian Mary Guinan Darmody will present local primary source material from the War of Independence & the Civil War. Participants are invited to respond to the items in their writing under the guidance of David McLoghlin. Afterwards they will be invited to submit their work to a special Poetry as Commemoration archive held in UCD Special Collections. Participants who have family stories or materials relating to the revolutionary period are invited to share these, but no family connection is necessary and all are welcome.
To book your place, call Thurles Library 052 6166131 or email: [email protected] Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both workshops.  

Poetry as Commemoration workshops coming to Wexford Dates: Mondays 20 & 27 March Time: 3pm – 5pm Location: Wexford County Archives, 6A Ardcavan Business Park, Ardcavan, Co. Wexford. Poet Mark Granier will lead two Poetry as Commemoration workshops using materials selected from Wexford County Archives by archivist Gráinne Doran. Participants will respond to local material from the War of Independence & the Civil War and afterwards they will be invited to submit their writing to a special Poetry as Commemoration archive held in UCD Special Collections. Participants who have family stories or materials relating to the revolutionary period are invited to share these, but no family connection is necessary and all are welcome.
To book your place, call Wexford County Archives 053 9196572 or email: [email protected] Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both workshops.  FULL DETAILS HERE        

Cork Public Museum Saturday Lecture Series              
A new series of talks between January and May 2023. They will be held on Saturdays at Cork Public Museum at 1pm. All are welcome but booking is essential. FULL DETAILS HERE   

Multilingual Legacies  This symposium – funded by the Royal Irish Academy and hosted by Roinn na Gaeilge at Queen’s University Belfast – brings together scholars working across different languages to consider how Ireland’s revolutionary period has been conveyed to non-English language audiences through different forms and during different political moments. FULL DETAILS HERE      

Irish Legal History Society    Student Essay Competition                                                     Undergraduates and postgraduates are invited to submit essays on any period of Irish legal history to compete for the Irish Legal History Society Student Essay Competition. Deadline: Essays should be received no later than 31st May 2023. FULL DETAILS HERE                      

2. Exhibitions/Projects                         

ART: 2023   A Decade of Centenaries Collaboration                   
ART:2023 is a call to artists and arts organisations to create new and exciting work, while reflecting on the themes of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.  The programme will be delivered throughout 2023, into early 2024.  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            

County Donegal World War I database   Donegal County Museum is delighted to launch its online County Donegal World War I database, “The County Donegal Roll of Honour 1914 – 1918”, as part of Donegal County Council’s Decade of Centenaries Commemorative Programme. This searchable database contains information on each known person from County Donegal who died as a result of the War.  Information contained in this database includes name, service number and place of birth as well as additional information intensively researched by Donegal County Museum, Culture Division, Donegal County Council.  The database listings are based on the 5th edition of the County Donegal Book of Honour, The Great War 1914-1918, which was updated with assistance from the public and under the guidance of a new Committee and was edited and reprinted by the Museum in 2019. This County database is a work in progress and is designed to be updated as new information is uncovered. We have made every effort to ensure that the names and details of all those that died have been included and we acknowledge the assistance of all those who contributed information to the book and we wish to acknowledge those who worked on this project – Judith McCarthy, Donegal County Museum, Caroline Carr, Donegal County Museum and Paul Earley, Information Systems, Donegal County Council Information may exist on others from Donegal who died during the War, please forward any information to Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny Co. Donegal, Ireland or email us on [email protected] or contact us via the contact form on the website.  VIEW HERE                      

Courts Service          
Decade of Centenaries          
Photographic Exhibition 2022 MORE DETAILS HERE

3. Podcasts                                    

The Civil War in Kerry  [podcast available on Friday 3rd March]          
The Civil War in Kerry
The violence and divisions caused by the Irish Civil War were more vicious, bitter and protracted in County Kerry than anywhere else in Ireland. Why?  Join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in
discussion with John Dorney, Mary McAuliffe, Owen O’Shea and John Regan.
  This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 initiative.
 LISTEN HERE                     

Reflections on the Decade of Centenaries   
What is the relationship between commemoration and historical scholarship? How has this worked out in practice in the Decade of Centenaries? What were the opportunities taken?
What were missed? Join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in discussion with John Gibney, Brian Hanley, Heather Jones and Fearghal McGarry.
 LISTEN HERE                                  

Ground Breakers               
Ground Breakers is a series of three documentaries, each one charting the life and work of three extraordinary women who broke the ground for the next generation of women.   Ground Breakers: Dervilla Donnelly  Ground Breakers: Catherine McGuinness     Ground Breakers: Margaret MacCurtain / The Troublesome Nun

NEW PODCAST COMING SOON  Join Terry Dunne (Laois Historian In Residence 2021-2022) on a journey of discovery into the hidden history of the Irish revolution as it happened in Laois. In this trailer for the project, we look at cattle driving at the Lamberton Demesne and find out about the first time the tri-colour was flown in Laois in 1917. In future episodes of the podcast we’ll be visiting Killeshin, Donaghmore, Clonaslee, Mountrath, Borris-in-Ossory and Portlaoise – as we explore the little known story of agrarian protests during the revolutionary years. Much more will come into it too as the series progresses, with coverage of the Dáil Courts, the anti-Conscription campaign, the burning of the barracks by the IRA, landed estates, the Land Commission and the 1923 Land Act and efforts to diversify and improve Irish farming. VIEW TRAILER HERE                                               

4. Publications                
Documents on Irish Foreign Policy v. 13: 1965-1969 AVAILABLE HERE

County Kildare Library Service adds local history Decade of Commemorations                       publications to BorrowBox App  Several publications which have been produced as part of Co. Kildare’s Decade of Commemorations programme from 2013-2023 are now available to read on the BorrowBox app for public library members. Some of the new publications added to the app by County Kildare Library Service include: A Forgotten Hero, John Devoy
A Year in the Making / Bliain a chur le chéile, 1916/2016
A Terrible Beauty Exposed!
Remembrance. The World War I Dead of Co. Kildare
A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922
The Stacumney Ambush, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, 2 July 1921
Wilful Murder. Lt. John Hubert Wogan-Browne, Kildare, 10 February 1922
A Timeline of the Civil War in Co. Kildare 1922-1924
Mullaney’s Men. The rise and fall of the anti-Treaty forces in North Kildare, Grangewilliam, 1922
The Graney Ambush 

Members of any public library can now download these titles via BorrowBox. They are also available online as pdfs. For more information: 

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