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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.

Events around Ireland

UCD launch digital multimedia edition of Joyce's 'Portrait of the artist as a young man' to mark the centenary of its first publication

Aside from events such as the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, 2016 also saw the centenary of a major cultural landmark: James Joyce’s novel A portrait of the artist as a young man. As part of its own…

New WW1 education resource on Donegal and World War One

Donegal County Museum has created a new WW1 educational resource available for free to families and schools visiting their Remembering World War One: the Donegal story exhibition. The new activity booklet was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade…

‘1916 and me/2016 and us’ interview series launched

History Hub, UCD’s public history website, has have recently launched a series of interviews exploring the political, social, and cultural legacies of the year 1916 for people and communities across the island of Ireland, north and south. ‘1916 and me…