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

Historian in Residence

We are delighted to announce Dr. Thomas Tormey as Louth County Council's Historian in Residence for 2021/22. Dr. Tormey discusses the role with Librarian Barry Smith. Watch this conversation via the video below (you may need to accept cookies in order to view the video).

Upcoming Events

Sources for the Irish Revolution: A Panel Discussion

Join Louth Library Service on Tuesday, October 12th at 4.15pm as we ask our panel of experts to discuss the various sources that are available for the study of the Irish revolutionary period. Register via Crowdcast to save your spot.


The Great Northern Railway, Louth and the Revolution - a lecture by Dr. Peter Rigney

Join Historian in Residence Dr. Thomas Tormey on Wednesday October 20th at 7.30pm as he discusses the Great Northern Railway in Louth during the revolutionary period with Dr. Peter Rigney. Register via Crowdcast to save your spot.


'Borders 100' Histories & Reflections - A Virtual Symposium

We are delighted to announce the LCC Decade of Centenaries Programme Symposium, 'Borders 100', October 27th - November 06th.   This is one of the final events as part of our  Decade of Centenaries Programme for 2021.

Our Historian in Residence for 2021, Dr Thomas Tormey has curated an informative, stimulating symposium, featuring many of the brightest, most renowned historians and academics from Ireland, and further afield.  Lectures and panel discussions will cover the partition of Ireland 100 years ago and its effect on border communities.


'A Star Called Henry', in conversation with Roddy Doyle

As part of Louth County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021, the bookclubs of Louth Library Service in conjunction with Libraries Northern Ireland have been reading Roddy Doyle's 'A Star Called Henry'. The initiative culminates in an interactive online audience event with author Roddy Doyle, November 03rd at 7pm via Crowdcast.


Previous Events

Teaching the Nation's Past: Irish History in Secondary Schools, 1922-69

Join actor and historian Dr. Colm MacGearailt as he discusses the teaching of Irish History in our secondary schools from 1922-1969 with our Historian in Residence, Dr. Thomas Tormey. This is a bilingual lecture and should appeal to teachers and students alike.


Irish Women and The Great War

Join Dr. Fionnuala Walsh, Assistant Professor in Modern Irish History, UCD, as she discusses the impact of the Great War on the lives of women in Ireland and of the vital - but often overlooked - involvement in the war effort. The talk will be hosted by Louth Library Service's Historian in Residence Dr. Thomas Tormey.

Irish Actors on an Imperial Stage: Grappling with the Legacies on an Empire

Join Dr. Timothy McMahon of Marquette University, Wisconsin, as he discusses some of the ongoing debate about how Irish men and women engaged with the British (and other) empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. McMahon will highlight some of the actions that helped build and manage imperial structures and the fitful ways in which Irish nationalisms helped undermine those structures as well

Bernard O'Hanlon and his part in the War of Indepence

Join Louth Library Service as our Historian in Residence, Dr. Thomas Tormey, gives a talk on Bernard O'Hanlon and his part in the Battle of Brunswick Street in 1921 as well as tying the event into the national narrative.

Bernard O'Hanlon was from Dundalk, County Louth but died in Dublin in March 1921 during the War of Independence. He was an IRA Volunteer and was attached to the 3rd Battalion, C Company, Dublin Brigade. When auxiliaries attempted to raid the Battalion HQ at 144 Brunswick Street, Dublin - which is now Pearse Street - Bernard and some other volunteers engaged them in a fire-fight. He was later found dead along with his revolver, at just c. 18 years of age.

Valuation Books Project

Louth County Archives Valuation Books Project involves the conservation and digitisation of Louth Valuation Books. Once completed these books will be available to read online


Women of Independence - An Táin Arts Centre

"Women of Independence" is a filmed theatrical performance that presents the real life experiences of four Irish women during the War of Independence through a cast of community actors. Produced by An Táin Arts Centre in association with Upstate Theatre Project "Women of Independence" is Part II of the Remembrance Trilogy and the follow-up to "An Easter Service" (2016).

Filming: 18-24 October