Welcome to the Decade of Centenaries Website

This website is dedicated to the programme of commemorations relating to the significant events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1922. Use the links to navigate to areas of the website that provide details of the events that shaped Ireland in the early twentieth century, and to find out about the commemorative events taking place. You can also view information about the various organisations involved in the commemorative events. Links to external websites and online resources do not imply endorsement of content.

What is the Decade of Centenaries?

The period from 1912 to 1922 was one of the most eventful in Ireland’s history. From the campaign for Home Rule, through World War One and the Easter Rising of 1916 to the foundation of the Free State, this was a decade of great change. Campaigns for social reforms — highlighted by the suffrage movement and the 1913 Lockout, for example — also went hand in hand with political events. The Decade of Centenaries programme aims to commemorate each step that Ireland took between 1912 and 1922 in a tolerant, inclusive and respectful way.

Latest Blogs

History Ireland Hedge School: The War of Independence in Co Clare

A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event on Saturday, 14th September 2019 History Ireland Hedge School The War of Independence in Co Clare David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life 1913-1921: provincial experience of war and revolution (1977)…

The Douglas Hyde Conference 2019

The Douglas Hyde Conference will take place this year on Friday 27th September in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, The theme of this year’s conference is “The Road to Democracy: A Decade of Centenaries Programme. For a full list of speakers you…

Goodbye Dublin: The War of Independence in the City

Dublin played a central role in the War of Independence (1919-1921) and Dublin City Libraries’ new exhibition tells the story of this conflict in the capital. Dublin was the seat of the British administration in Ireland and had a heavy…