September 2021

News and updates on the programme of commemorations relating to the events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1923.  If you would like to inform us of any suitable material for future newsletters – anything related to the Decade of Centenaries – please feel free to email [email protected].  
 1. Lectures and Events (some require registration)  

Dublin Festival of History  DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE 

South County Dublin Decade of Centenaries Lectures  
September Lectures:  
John Dorney Nationalist revolution in Ireland and Europe:1919-23 Thursday 9th Sept, 7pm.   

Liz Gillis Revolution in Dublin Monday 13th Sept, 7pm.  REGISTRATION HERE 

“‘Bring me into the spotlight of a London conference’: Michael Collins from Truce to Treaty”
from The National Archives of Ireland   
This event is co-hosted by the National Archives and the National Library of Ireland and is the NAI contribution to the Dublin Festival of History (see above) 
Title:            “‘Bring me into the spotlight of a London conference’: Michael Collins from Truce to Treaty”
Speakers:    Dr Anne Dolan (Associate Professor in Modern Irish History, Trinity College Dublin) and Dr William Murphy (Associate Professor, School of History and Geography, Dublin City University)
Moderator:   David McCullagh (RTE journalist, presenter and author)
Date:                      Thursday, 23 September 2021
Time:                     8pm
Venue:                   Online 
Lecture summary A famously reluctant member of the Irish delegation which negotiated a peace settlement with the British government in autumn 1921, Michael Collins seemed best placed to convince many of those committed to the republic to accept the inevitable compromises. The measure of his success or betrayal, depending on your point of view, often flowed from this ambiguous bind.While the reasons that took Collins to London are many, by going, he became the focal point of a new and intense type of attention. Using the stories and press reports that circulated about him during the negotiations, Dr Anne Dolan and Dr Will Murphy will consider in this lecture, the nature and consequences of this focus upon Collins. How did it shape the negotiations? Did it help or hinder Collins? Did that ‘spotlight’ expose as he feared, ‘the common clay of which I am made’?  

Remembering 1920 War, Politics and Sport  Email: [email protected] for details and registration  

Linen Hall Library  Centenary Programme DETAILS HERE   

2. Projects   

Centenary of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty  New exhibitions to mark the centenary of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts,Gaeltacht, Sport and Media published a programme of events to mark the centenary of various aspects of the Anglo-Irish Treaty which was signed on the 6th December 1921. 
The Programme highlights some of the key national events taking place to mark various centenaries associated with the Treaty. Foremost of these is the National Archives exhibition in the Coach House at Dublin Castle later this year where the Treaty document will be displayed in public for the first time since its signing 100 years ago. 
The Programme further showcases a number of other important events and initiatives which examine different aspects of this founding document and mark the various centenaries of the milestones associated with the signing of the Treaty. It encourages the public to delve into the stories behind the Treaty and to access the various materials and rich content being supported, developed and delivered as part of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Programme. These initiatives include exhibitions, lectures, new theatre experiences, new music, large-scale digitisation projects and exciting on-line content. Minister Martin took the opportunity of today’s publication to visit the National Archives for a preview of the Treaty.
Minister Martin said: “This centenary moment is a really significant event in our shared history and a key focus in this year’s Decade of Centenaries Programme. It is also a personal journey into family memory for the relatives of the men and women who formed the Irish and British Treaty negotiation delegations. I wanted to ensure that the Programme has something that interests everyone. You don’t need to be an historian or an expert on this period of history to appreciate the different stories attached to this key document and the impact it had on future events.”  The Programme launched this week also features a number of events hosted by the Irish Embassy in London including an exhibition of John Lavery’s Anglo–Irish Treaty Portraits in collaboration with The Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland and Áras an Uachtaráin and an exhibition entitled
The Treaty, 1921: Records for the Archives in partnership with the National Archives, the British Academy, and the National Archives of the UK. 
Poetry as Commemoration  

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, has announced a new initiative under the Creative Imagination Strand of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023 -‘Poetry as Commemoration’. The project is led by the UCD Library’s Irish Poetry Reading Archive and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, with a funding allocation of up to €370,000 over the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries Programme. 
‘Poetry as Commemoration’ is a unique and innovative project and will see poetry used as a means to deepen our collective understanding of our past and to explore a challenging period of Irish history, relating to the Struggle for Independence and Civil War, in a spirit of openness and inclusivity. The Irish Poetry Reading Archive will work in partnership with Poetry Ireland and will collaborate with a diverse range of poets, institutions, groups, and individuals across the island of Ireland to deliver innovative and imaginative outputs. Collaborators will include the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Local Government Management Agency, county archivists, arts officers, heritage officers, public libraries, schools, universities, museums, and arts organisations, such as the Museum of Literature Ireland. Ten new poems will be commissioned, in English and Irish, on topics, themes and events relating to the War of Independence and the Civil War, documented by these primary sources. The commissioned poems will be recorded and preserved in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, and made freely available to everyone. A fine press publication of the commissioned poems will also be published. An extensive, complementary public engagement programme will also be delivered, with online and in-person events to be held across the island of Ireland, in 2022-2023, including an extensive programme of creative writing workshops for adults and young people. Each activity will draw inspiration from primary source material in our national and local archives. Poetry readings, online exhibitions, a symposium, a ‘poetry in public spaces’ initiative, and a dedicated website hosting a virtual poetry wall are among a range of anticipated opportunities for engagement with poetry as a form of commemoration, created by this initiative. 

Offaly and the Decade of Centenaries  
Offaly History has developed a dedicated section of its website to serve as a platform for county-wide historical research on the Decade of Centenaries. It is a significant resource featuring articles, blogs, photo galleries, videos, podcasts and author profiles. Articles on the period are featured in downloadable pdf format and the website is searchable by subject matter, place, and author. Each contributor has a profile so that multiple contributions across all genres – blogs, articles, videos, podcasts etc may be found together. The research that has been done highlights certain research gaps and that is something that the team of researchers coordinated by Offaly History are working to fill. As of September 2021, the platform comprises over 50 articles, 75 blogs, and 15 videos and photo galleries with a number of podcasts. Offaly History intends to add to this platform on a regular basis as new material is made available and new research published. Offaly’s Decade of Centenaries would not have been possible without the support of of the Decade of Centenaries programme administered on behalf of the government of Ireland by An Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán/Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Funding under this programme has made an enormous difference to local studies and to our knowledge of the 1912–21 period.
The funding has allowed us to avail of the technical and research expertise necessary to bring together in this attractive and exciting way the research efforts of so many. Material in journals and photo archives will now garner a world-wide audience and thereby improve access to every home in Ireland and the diaspora. Our blogs have reached over 313,000 readers since 2016 and our social media reach is up to 30,000 per month. Online lectures offer us the potential to address. Extensive audiences across the continents.  We are pleased to acknowledge the support we received from Offaly County Council and its heritage officer Amanda Pedlow. We are conscious that without our partners in Offaly County Library and the local historians and contributors who have made their material available little could have been achieved.Finally, we express our thanks to our Decade of Centenaries platform team of Lisa Shortall, Eamon Doyle, Padraic Seery and Michael Byrne. OFFALY DETAILS HERE                                                        

WicklowDecade of CentenariesThe Historians’ Project   The Wicklow Decade of Centenaries Programme supports the development of initiatives at county and community level to re-examine and commemorate significant events, individuals and groups during the revolutionary years (1913–23) in County Wicklow.  This publication Wicklow and the War of Independence, which is focused on Wicklow’s experience of the War of Independence (1919–­21), contributes to this goal by combining local stories and experiences with local research and scholarship via access to local archives. In doing so, it promotes a greater understanding of historical events and their legacies and thus encourages communities toward further exploration and reflection. It is a tangible demonstration of the benefits of free public access to authentic local archival sources, including online access to digitised local archives. BOOK AVAILABLE HERE                                          

3. Podcasts  

Prisons and prisoners during the War of Independence [To be released 9th September]  On 9th September 1921 over fifty IRA prisoners staged a break-out—one of several during the War of Independence—from Rath internment camp in the Curragh, Co. Kildare. To mark its centenary, and to discuss the wider significance of prisons and prisoners in the revolutionary period, join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with James Durney, Mary McAuliffe, William Murphy, and Liam J. Ó Duibhir. This podcast is supported by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Programme and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

Fingal in the Revolutionary Decade  To what extent did the military tactics of Thomas Ashe’s (5th) Fingal battalion of the Irish Volunteers in 1916 prefigure those of the IRA in the War of Independence, 1919-21? To what extent did the sack of Balbriggan in September 1920 provide the template for subsequent reprisals by Crown force? To discuss the role of Fingal (North County Dublin) in the revolutionary decade join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with John Dorney, Marie Bashford Synnott, and Frank Whearity. This Hedge School is supported by Fingal County Council and the CreativeIrl Programme 2017-2022  AVAILABLE HERE

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