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

1 April 2019: Publication of History Ireland supplement on ‘The Irish revolution, 1919-21: A global history’.

On Monday 1 April 2019 the third in a series of special supplements to History Ireland’s special commemorative series on the Irish revolution will be published. The Irish revolution, 1919-21: A global history, is edited by Tommy Graham, Brian Hanley and…

Centenary of the Dominican Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Dún Laoghaire

As part of the ongoing Decade of Centenaries, dlr Libraries and dlr Heritage Office plan to celebrate the centenary of the Dominican Oratory of the Sacred Heart (located along Library Road, Dún Laoghaire) with an exhibition in dlr LexIcon and…

New Near FM series on the poem and songs of the Irish revolution: ‘The Indignant Muse’.

Between January and March 2019 Near FM will broadcast a new documentary series entitled The Indignant Muse, a ten part radio series exploring the poetry and songs of the Irish revolution adapted from the acclaimed anthology of the same name,…