PAST EVENTS

6 November 2012: Launch of SIPTU 1913 commemorative tapestry project

President Michael D Higgins officially launched the SIPTU 1913 Tapestry project on Tuesday, 6 November. This project is a partnership involving SIPTU, the National College of Art and Design, community groups, schools and the arts and crafts sector, including the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, the Embroidery Guild and the Irish Patchwork Society. The tapestry will tell…

6 November 2012: Production of '1912: A hundred years on'

The Glencree Centre and Contemporary Christianity staged a production of the docudrama 1912: A hundred years on, at the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, on 6 November. This production features the voices of Unionist people of the time who decided to sign the Solemn League and Covenant.   The play deals with the controversy…

5 November 2012: World War One Europeana roadshow, Hunt Museum, Limerick

The National Library of Ireland invited people to bring their WWI memorabilia (anything from diaries to helmets and from medals to postcards) to the Hunt Museum on 5 November 2012, to be digitised and added to the Europeana online archive, along with the stories that bring these objects to life.   The Hunt Museum was…

19-20 October 2012: Home Rule conference, UCC

A major international conference on the Irish Home Rule Crisis of 1912 took place in UCC on 19-20 October 2012.   The British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott, was the key speaker at the event. On foot of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech in October, outlining the British Government’s approach to the commemoration of…

15 September 2012: Opening of Ulster Covenant exhibition, Letterkenny

Donegal County Museum worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Thiepval Memorial Loyal Orange Order Convoy 1005 and the Donegal Ulster Centenaries Committee to create this exhibition, which tells the story of the signing of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant. Through images and text, the exhibition places the signing of the Covenant…

6 September 2012: Ulster Covenant conference

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Eamon Gilmore TD, travelled to London on Thursday 6 September, where he delivered an address at King’s College London, opening an academic conference entitled “The Ulster Covenant 1912 – 2012″. The conference was organised by the Irish Studies Seminar group in cooperation with the Embassy…

8 August 2012: Launch of 'Asgard' exhibition in National Museum

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks entitled Asgard: The 1914 Howth Gun Running Vessel Conserved.   The iconic yacht Asgard was formerly owned by the British officer turned Irish nationalist and writer Erskine Childers, and his wife Molly. Asgard…

8 July 2012: National Day of Commemoration

The annual National Day of Commemoration Ceremony, to honour all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars, or on service with the United Nations, was held at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on Sunday, July 2012. The ceremony was open to the public   The ceremony, which has traditionally been held…

7 July 2012: National War Memorial Garden Commemoration

Wreaths are laid each July in the National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge in memory of Irish losses in the Battle of the Somme and the Great War.   Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, laid a wreath on behalf of the Government at this year’s event. Wreaths were also laid by…

7 August 2012: Launch of Bureau of Military History website

On 7 August 2012 Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the Bureau of Military History website at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin. This project was undertaken by the Defence Forces Military Archives,in collaboration with the National Archives (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) and the Department of Defence. The project involved the…