Louth County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021

Local Legacies 1921/2021

The Community Strand of the 2021 Decade of Centenaries Programme

The objectives of the Decade of Centenaries Programme for 2021-2023 are as follows:

  • To focus on themes of remembrance and reconciliation and on the commemoration of all of those who lost their lives during this period
  • To promote a deeper understanding of the significant historical events of this period, which recognises that the shared historical experiences of those years gave rise to very different narratives and memories
  • To encourage reflection about the multiple identities, traditions and perspectives that are part of the overall Irish historical experience
  • To respond with sensitivity to the local historical context, acknowledging that there was no uniform experience within counties or across the island of Ireland; and
  • To continue to promote a consultative and open approach to commemorations, which seeks to strengthen peace and reconciliation across the island of Ireland.. A core element of reconciliation is acknowledgement of the legitimacy of all of the traditions on the island that draw their identity and collective memory from our shared history.

Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media, has approved a funding allocation of €50,000 for every local authority in 2021 under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme.

This allocation will support the development of community-led commemorative initiatives in 2021, in remembrance of this complex and challenging period in our history. It will also allow for advance planning of commemorative initiatives for 2022.

The Louth Local Authority programme for 2021 includes:

Historian in Residence, with Louth Library Service
Primary school reading project, with Louth Library Service
Commemorative Tree planting - Omeath, County Louth
Conservation and digitisation of Louth valuation books, with Louth Archives Services
Film on Dundalk Gaol, with Louth Archives Service
Drogheda 1921/Drogheda 2021, Artist in residence with High Lanes Gallery
Sisters/Mothers/Wives, community arts project with An Táin Arts Centre