February 2020 News and updates on the programme of commemorations relating to the events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1922
For a fresh start to 2020 the Decade of Centenaries team has designed a new website to hopefully make reading and searching for events even easier.
In addition to showcasing the new site this month’s newsletter will include:
—- details of the History Roadshow 2020 which will take place throughout Dublin, Cork & Killarney
—- a pop-up exhibition in Dublin Castle will showcase the role of women in Irish politics
— a new series of lectures in Glasnevin Cemetary
If you would like to inform us of a suitable talk/exhibition/play – anything related to the Decade of Centenaries – please feel free to email centenaries@
100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918–2018 – a ‘pop-up’ museum in Dublin Castle.
This ‘pop-up’ museum was originally launched in December 2018, on the centenary of the landmark 1918 General Election.
The exhibition is curated by the historian, Dr Sinéad McCoole for the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme.
The opening of the exhibition coincided with the culmination of Vótáil100, a programme developed by the Houses of the Oireachtas to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland..
While politics is a major feature of the ‘pop-up’, it also showcases how Irish society changed throughout the twentieth century and how this gradually opened up opportunities for women to participate in public life in Ireland.
Using clothes, newspapers, election paraphernalia, letters and interactive displays, visitors gain an insight into the issues tackled in each decade of the last century.
Opened originally in the Coach House at Dublin Castle, the exhibition then moved to Istabraq Hall in Limerick City, then to the Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny.
Following that it was housed in Roscommon County Hall and has now returned to the Coach House at Dublin Castle.
Glasnevin Cemetery Spring Lecture Series
The Spring Lecture Series is produced in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin, School of History and Humanities.
Location: The Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Price: €6.00 for one lecture or €20.00 for a series ticket.
Lecture 1: Archives, ashes and amnesia: the life, death and resurrection of Public Record Office of Ireland.
Speaker: Dr Ciarán Wallace, Beyond 2022 Project, TCD
Ciarán Wallace is Deputy Director of Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury, a state-funded collaboration at Trinity College Dublin between historians, archivists and computer scientists to virtually recreate, as far as possible, the collections lost in the destruction of the Four Courts in 1922.
Thursday, 20th February, 7-8.30pm, booking available *here*
Lecture 2: Death, burial and sites of memory in 19th-20th century Ireland.
Speaker: Dr Georgina Laragy, Glasnevin/TCD
Dr Georgina Laragy is Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor in Public History and Cultural History with research interests in death, institutions and Irish social history of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Thursday, 27th February, 7-8.30pm, booking available *here*
Lecture 3: Remembering the Forgotten – The Story of Bloody Sunday in Croke Park?
Speaker: Michael Foley, author of The Bloodied Field and Sunday Times Journalist
Michael Foley is a sportswriter for the Irish edition of the Sunday Times. His third book, The Bloodied Field, Croke Park, Sunday November 21, 1920, won a GAA MacNamee Award for Best GAA Publication.
He has since been involved in the GAA’s Bloody Sunday Graves Project to erect headstones for eight victims.
Thursday, 5th March, 7-8.30pm, booking available *here*
Lecture 4: Place versus Memory: The Archaeology of Cork’s Landscapes of Revolution
Speaker: Damian Shiels, University of Northumbria
Damian Shiels is an archaeologist and historian who has authored Cork County Council’s centenary publication on Revolutionary-era sites in the county, conducted the first archaeological survey of a War of Independence landscape at Knockraha, Co. Cork, and is the founder of the Landscapes of Revolution Project.
Thursday, 12th March, 7-8.30pm, booking available *here*
National Library of Ireland in February:
Lecture: Women and Bloody Sunday 1920: Participants, Witnesses and Victims
Speaker: Liz Gillis
Tuesday 11th February @ 7pm, 7 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Historian Liz Gillis discusses the role of and impact on women on that fateful day 21 November 1920.
This is the second lecture in a series to coincide with the exhibition From Turmoil to Truce, photographs of the War of Independence – at the library’s National Photographic Archive Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.
Tour: ‘From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the Irish War of Independence’
A guided tour of the latest exhibition, ‘From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the Irish War of Independence’ in the National
Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.
Thursday 20 February at 1pm
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Dublin 2. Free admission. All welcome.
For anyone who might need to use the Library for research purposes this workshop might be helpful:
Research Workshop: Using the National Library
Receive advice on accessing the rich and varied collections of the Library.
Monday 3 February at 3pm 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Free admission. To reserve a place please contact: [email protected] or 01 6030 259/346.
Revolution in Cork
Cork 1920: The Burning of a City
A new exhibition, Cork 1920: The Burning of a City runs for the rest of the year at St Peter’s Cork on the North Main Street.
In addition to the exhibition St Peter’s will be hosting a series of talks and workshops.
A recent Irish Times article on the exhibition available *here*
Lecture: The Battle of Clonmult
Speaker: Tom O’Neill MA
Tuesday, 11th February @ 8pm, Mitchelstown Town Hall, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.
Mitchelstown Heritage Society has organised an illustrated public lecture, The Battle of Clonmult, in Mitchelstown Town Hall.
The Battle of Clonmult, took place near Midleton on 20th Feb. 1921 where almost the entire East Cork Flying Column were wiped out by the British army, the single biggest loss of life for the IRA in The War of Independence.
Tom tells the story of the lead up the fight, the battle itself and its aftermath. Tom will also have original artifacts from the War of Independence on display.
Refreshments served afterwards.
Copies of his book on the same topic will be on sale.
Cover charge €5 for members, €7 for the public.
Lecture: Beara Casualties 1916-1923 – Forgotten Stories of the Revolution
Speaker: Fachtna O’Donovan
Monday 17th February @ 8.30pm, Twomey’s Lounge, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Organised by the Beara Historical Society, Historian Fachtna
O’ Donovan will give a talk entitled ‘Beara Casualties 1916-1923: Forgotten Stories of the Revolution.’
Over 20 people, including two women and a thirteen year old boy, lost their lives in the Beara peninsula during the revolutionary years 1916-1923.
After a lapse of 100 years their stories can now be told.
We have been busy cutting and pasting and cutting again to bring you the new Decade of Centenaries website.
The aim was to make it easier to navigate, easier to find what has been happening over the last few years.
Under the ‘Additional Resources’ tab there is now a ‘Publications’ section which contains the mission statements of the Decade of Centenaries initiative, along with some commemorative booklets.
A new ‘Podcast’ tab allows you access to the History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ series of podcasts, and others form the last few years that hopefully will be of interest.
Please browse and enjoy.