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Decade of Centenaries

Decade of Centenaries


War of Independence Links to History Week 2020 lectures:

Aspects of the War of Independence in Clare by Dr. Joe Power
Peadar Clancy - Rebel and Leader by Pat Shannon
Tom Markham and the War of Independence by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh
The News from Clare 1920 Podcast by Rita McCarthy
Artefacts of the War of Independence: Ingenuity by John Rattigan
Artefacts of the War of Independence: Proclamation by John Rattigan
Artefacts of the War of Independence: Doyle by John Rattigan
Clare: Songs of Independence: The Time has Come by Mike Hanrahan
Clare: Songs of Independence: Burning' by Mike Hanrahan
Reading from play 'Two Days in September' by Dermott Petty

Decade of Centenaries Grant Recipients 2020:

Inis Cathaigh Kilrush Comhaltas 1920 Remembrance through Music and Song 1 Nov 2020
Lissycasey 1920 Remembrance Day on Sunday, 1 Novemberr 2020
Connolly Commemoration Booklet on death of Charles Lynch and surrounding events.
Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage and Wildlife Group - Heritage Week publication on Clarecastle Protestant Church which was destroyed by fire in April 1920.
Mid Clare Brigade Commemoration Committee. Programeme of events includes Martin Devitt Commemoration on 23rd February 2020. .
Ruan/Dysart History Group commemoration of raid on Ruan Barracks in October 2020.
East Clare Memorial Committee commemoration of Scariff Martyrs in November 2020
Dúchas na Sionna commemoration of incarceration of Brig Gen Lucas in August 2020
Whitegate Community Council commemoration of Scariff Martyrs at Williamstown in November 2020
Feakle Ambush Commemorative Committee lecture and booklet for October 2020
Rineen Reprisals - a documentary by Clare FM broadcast on 22 September 2020

Clare Decade of Centenaries Programme 2019

Details of national Decade of Centenaries events can be found at

Clare County Library Website 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

‘Two Clare Lives’ – a documentary on Art O’Donnell and Michael Brennan by Rita McCarthy

The Decade of Centenaries commemorates an eventful decade in Ireland’s history which included the Home Rule campaign, World War One, the 1916 Rising through to the foundation of the Free State, the War of Independence and the Civil War. It was also a decade of social change which witnessed the suffrage movement and the 1913 Lockout. 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.

A Decade of Centenaries Project Awards Scheme was advertised by Clare Councy Council in Dec 2019 inviting applications from community, historical and commemorative groups to commemorate events which happened in Clare in 1920.

The terms of the scheme 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.’


Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme.




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