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

Read the latest ‘Irish Times’ centenary supplement on the battle of the Somme

On Thursday 19 May The Irish Times published the latest in its ongoing series of centenary supplements: The Somme. 2016 marks the centenary not just of the Easter Rising, but of the battles of the Somme and Verdun. As Patrick Smyth puts it…

‘Tales from the other side’: 1916 exhibition at Marsh’s Library, Dublin

On 23 April Joe Duffy launched a recently launched a new exhibition at Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8,  entitled ‘1916: Tales from the other side’, which will run until December 2016. This exhibition traces how minority communities responded to…

New song performed by students of Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Staplestown, Co. Kildare, to commemorates the children killed in the Easter Rising: 'Angels of Sixteen'

A Co. Kildare school has paid special tribute to the forty children who died during the Easter Rising. The fifth and sixth class pupils of Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Staplestown, Co. Kildare, visited Glasnevin Cemetery where they were given special permission…