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Decade of Centenaries

Decade of Centenaries

2019 Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme

History Ireland Hedge School in Sept 2019 on The War of Independence in Clare: Reassessment of David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life 1913-1921: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution.

A panel discussed the topic with contributions encouraged from the audience. The panel consisted of Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara, Dr. Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, Eve Morrison and Cecile Gordan and was chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland.
Podcast available at:

Greyhound on a Train with Carnation Theatre, the stories of four women during the War of Independence shown in DeValera Public Library, Ennis and Shannon Public Library.

Mike Hanrahan’s Clare: Songs of Independence with focus on 1919 and the start of the War of Independence. Mike performed in libraries in Ennis, Kilrush and Scariff as well as in Clare Museum.

Exhibition on the Limerick Soviet in Shannon Library during Sept 2019 and showing of the related documentary.

War of Independence Film Screenings in various library branches of Wind that Shakes the Barley and Michael Collins.

Readings by children’s historical fiction author Brian Gallagher to primary school children in Shannon, Ennis, Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon.

Clare County Library also organised a Lecture Series in six branch libraries:

Tomás Mac Con Mara on The Scariff Martyrs: History and Meaning with Scariff Library History Group at Scariff Public Library, Mon 27 May.
Sinéad McCoole on 100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life #Dail100 at DeValera Public Library, Ennis on 4 June.
Joe Power on Guerrilla War in Clare at DeValera Public Library, Ennis on 17 September.
Paul O’Brien on Joe Barrett Archive at Kilrush Public Library on 18 Septembe.r
Tom Toomey on Incarceration of Brigadier General Lucas at Scariff Public Library on 17 September.
Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc on Hidden History: Secret Stories from the War of Independence at Shannon Public Library on 11 June.
Joe Ó Muircheartaigh on Flying the Flag for Ireland – John Burke and the War of Independence at Ennistymon Public Library on 6 November.

A Project Award was granted to Éigse Thomáis Uí Aodha in Miltown Malbay, organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir. This Éigse included a lecture on the Black and Tans by Tomás Mac Conmara, an exhibition on the 1919 Dáil loan in Kilmurry Ibrickane Parish and events around the life of Tomás Uí Aodha.

Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme 2020
Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme 2021
Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme 2022

The Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 commemorates an eventful decade in Ireland’s history. We have now reached the penultimate year. This is a complex and sensitive period in our history, as we mark the centenaries of events arising from the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty; the outbreak of the Civil War; and the foundation of the State. The Decade of Centenaries programme aims to commemorate these events in a tolerant, inclusive and respectful way.

Local Authorities oversee the Community Strand of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media's Commemorative Programme. Funding is provided annually to each Local Authority and a programme of commemorations is submitted to the Commemorations Unit of the Department for approval. The Community Strand encourages a collaborative approach between the State, local authority network and community organisations.

The terms of the Decade of Centenaires funding are based on the guidance of the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and follow the principles laid down by the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations. The Commemorations Unit recognise ‘that local cultural organisations, archives, museums and libraries act in positions of ‘cultural brokers’ and have formed meaningful relationships with local communities.’

Details of national Decade of Centenaries events can be found at

Queries can be emailed to:

Clare County Library Website General War of Independence links:

Corofin Workhouse 1919-1920
Corofin and the Sky Over It: Life in Corofin during the Troubles
Banner in Turmoil: County Clare and the War of Independence exhibition
Clare Revolution 1916-1923 Part 1 by Ger Browne
Clare Revolution 1916-1923 Part 2 by Ger Browne
The War of Independence in Clare History Ireland Hedge School, History Week 2019
IRA Volunteers in County Clare
IRA Volunteers in County Clare: Biographies
Clare Witness Statements 1913-1921
John Minihan Papers

The Rineen Ambush
The War of Independence in West Clare
Memoirs of Andrew O'Donoghue, War of Independence
Peter Vaughan: From the Hindenburg Line to Rineen
War of Independence and Civil War: Patrick (Pat) Keane, Kilnamona
Witness to War 1917-1923: Commandant Séamus Hennessy
War of Independence Compensation Claims 1921 – 1923

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


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