Decade of Centenaries 1912 – 1923
Updated: 20 June 2015
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.
The NIO provides a useful update on progress around the commemoration of First World War and the wider decade of commemorations
New website led by the Nerve Centre promotes events and projects to mark major historical anniversaries
This web resource represents the Decade of Centenaries events in an accessible, interactive timeline that explores the history of the North of Ireland from the Third Reform Act of 1884 to the suspension of the Boundary Commission in 1925. The timeline breaks the key events down into a series of smaller, interrelated incidents and uses artefacts, documents, newspapers and photographs to recount this tumultuous period in Irish history.
This educational website will represent the Decade of Anniversaries events (excluding the plantation) in an accessible, interactive timeline that explores the history of the North of Ireland from the Third Reform Act of 1884 to the suspension of the Boundary Commission in 1925. The timeline will break the key events down into a series of smaller, interrelated incidents and use artefacts and photographs to recount this tumultuous period in Irish history.
This page is dedicated to the centenary commemorations relating to key events in Irish history between 1912 and 1922.
The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago. It is published on a fortnightly basis, beginning in May 2013, and is the main online portal for the Irish decade of commemorations, 1912-23.
News reporting on life in Ireland 100 years ago is supported by a wealth of visual, archival and contextual material to facilitate an understanding of the complexities of Irish life in the year between 1912 and 1923.
Ireland WW1 was created by Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths) and Catriona Pennell (Exeter) who now co-edit the site. Karen O’Rawe joined as co-editor in 2014. We have been involved in a number of events which have flagged the amount of work going on around centenary commemorations. During these discussions, we have become aware that there are many connections which could be made between academics and community groups, but which have not yet been made.
We are doing something about this through this website which acts as an information hub. We hope it will be useful for academics and community groups. We are collating information about whatever is happening in relation to the subject of Ireland in the era of the First World War. That could be current or future: research projects, doctorates, post-docs, exhibitions, public talks, workshops, publications, guided tours, political debates/discussions, documentaries, art, theatre… the list is endless.
As well as being an information hub, we hope that the website will also act as a networking forum, allowing academics and representatives of non-university-led organisations and projects to introduce themselves to each other, and perhaps act as a springboard for conversation and collaboration.
While the events that occurred between 1912 and 1922 had a huge impact nationally they had a particular relevance in Dublin City. Dublin City Council is committed to making a meaningful and appropriate contribution to the commemorations, complementing but not competing with the national commemorations.
10. BBC – WW1
Overview of the war; Stories of those who served and those left behind; 20 key events of WW1; study resources for schools; and much more
The period 2012 -2023 marks a number of significant political events which have shaped the sense of British and Irish identity in the 20thcentury. It is a decade of Ideas. The material on these web pages aims to assist in developing projects based on:
- using the principles outlined;
- researching the decade;
- researching the part play by local people or finding out more about particular places;
- working in partnership across councils, arts, museums and heritage; and
- working with venues such as libraries, museum services and arts centres.
This timeline, compiled by Dr Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History with special responsibility for the Decade of Commemorations, UCD School of History & Archives and UCD History graduate Colm O’Flaherty, details the key events for the period and highlights some of the rich resources available in UCD. Names highlighted link to the Dictionary of Irish Biography edited by James McGuire, MRIA, UCD and James Quinn, RIA and published by Cambridge University Press.
This section pulls together some examples of the rich resources held by UCD for the period and commentary from our expert faculty and others. UCD is a major holder of archives of national and international significance relating to the period 1912 to 1923 and there are links included directly to these archives.
The Decade of Centenaries explores this defining period of our history that includes the signing of the Ulster Covenant, the Battle of the Somme, the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the establishment of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State. National Museums Northern Ireland’s collection through printed material, photographs and silverware, letters and uniform illustrates the campaigns for and against Home Rule, the signing of the Ulster Covenant, the growth of the volunteer armies, gun running, the Labour movement, Gaelic cultural revival and recruitment for the call to war. Some of these objects are directly connected to key events and personalities including, Sir Edward Carson, John Redmond, Fred Crawford and James Connolly.
Centenaries of a series of events which impacted on the foundation of the Irish State occur in the decade 1912-1922. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is organising and supporting a number of events during this period, as part of the Government’s commemorative programme.
The Decade of Centenaries timeline provides a visually engaging introduction to the events featured in the Community Relations Council NI’s Decade of Anniversaries initiative. This educational website represents these anniversaries in a timeline which explores the history of the North of Ireland from the Third Reform Act to the suspension of the Boundary Commission. The timeline breaks the key events down into a series of smaller, interrelated incidents and uses artefacts, documents, newspapers and photographs to bring this tumultuous period of Irish history to life. Onward learning journeys are facilitated via links to online educational resources and venues.
The Royal Irish Academy is celebrating this decade of centenaries in a number of interesting ways. Click on the projects below to see what we are doing and how you can get involved in our events.
Date: 19 May 2015 – 27 Nov 2015
Venue: Belfast City Hall and Ulster Hall
We are currently remembering a decade of key historical moments that shaped the history of Northern Ireland and Ireland a century ago. The period from 1912 to 1922 witnessed some dramatic changes. Now, one hundred years on, we are taking time to explore some of the significant events in more detail.
This season we will look at some key events that occurred in 1915. At that time, the First World War was raging across Europe, while at home the first seeds of revolution were beginning to be sewn.
We hope to to explore some of these challenging historic events under our theme of Shared History – Different Allegiances.
The next ten years will see the centenaries of many events that have had a formative influence on our society as it is today. Our plan is to present a lecture each year on the key event/s of that year 100 years ago that we judge to have been the seminal event of the year, in terms of its future impact. We will seek a style of presentation that is balanced between scholarly and popular, and if practical, discussion will be encouraged.
The years 1912-1922 were filled with complex and important events. As we mark these moments, we must be inclusive of Ireland’s diverse sons and daughters
John Dorney reports on the Decade of Commemoration Conference held by Queen’s University Belfast at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, in June 2012.
1912 to 1922 was a decade of tumultuous change across Ireland and throughout the world. From great social upheavals and a world war to the partition of Ireland, the events of that Decade have an enduring legacy today. Check out our interactive timeline to find out more.
Ireland’s war experience cannot be separated from Irish politics. Indeed, the story is not one of 1914-18 but of 1912-23, as the vast majority of people sought to change Ireland’s place in the United Kingdom, resisted by others who, though a minority, were concentrated in the area that would become Northern Ireland after the war. This article explores how both sides of the divide initially supported the war effort, but that following the Easter Rising of April 1916, opinion changed. Within this political context it considers Ireland’s military contribution, society and the economy, and how the war has been remembered.
The decade 2012-2022 is categorised as the ‘decade of centenaries’ as it marks the centenary of a number of important historical events that occurred in the period 1912-1922, and which formed a vital role in the formation of the Irish and Northern Irish states.
The following pages have links put together by a History teacher and are intended as an introduction to these events. They are aimed at teachers and students of post-primary History.
This web resource represents the Decade of Centenaries events in an accessible, interactive timeline that explores the history of the North of Ireland from the Third Reform Act of 1884 to the suspension of the Boundary Commission in 1925.
The timeline breaks the key events down into a series of smaller, interrelated incidents and uses artefacts, documents, newspapers and photographs to recount this tumultuous period in Irish history.
The website aims to show that the events in the Decade of Centenaries did not happen in isolation but as part of a history continuum; that each event is made up of smaller incidents that are inter-connected and have implications and consequences. The timeline explores the broader social and political circumstances of each event and places it in the context of Irish, British and European history.