Decade of Commemorations

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The Government has designated the period 2012 to 2022 for a Commemorative Programme of activities with a special emphasis on 2016. 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.


2019 Decade of Commemoration Grants:

Are you involved in a community group or local club and want to organise a history event under the Decade of Commemorations (1912-1922)? Dublin City Council has a grants scheme for 2019 to support local communities to do this, your Historian in Residence can give you advice on the application or ring 01 6744894 for further information.  There’s no closing date and full details are included on the application form:

Application for grant for community-based commemorative event: PDF Application Form (418KB) | MS Word Application Form (101KB)


Historians in Residence with Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council has a team of six part-time Historians in Residence working across the city to talk to people about history and promote its sources and discussion, especially the historical collections in Dublin City Library and Archive. This public history project began in Spring 2017 and is an initiative of Dublin City Council under the Decade of Commemorations programme. The historians work in the five administrative areas of Dublin City  to make history and historical sources accessible and enjoyable for all. They are available to meet community groups, local history clubs, schools etc for free and you can contact them by emailing or on Facebook and Twitter.

The Historians in Residence for 2019 are:

  • Mary Muldowney - Central Area
  • James Curry -  North West Area
  • Cormac Moore  -  North Central Area
  • Maeve Casserly  -  South East Area
  • Cathy Scuffil  -  South Central Area
  • Bernard Kelly  -  Dublin City Library and Archive

Historians in residence 2019

Pictured l-r: Cormac, Cathy, Mary, Maeve, James and Bernard

Their recent book is called “History on Your Doorstep: six stories of Dublin history” and is available for free in any Dublin City public library.

If you would like to meet the historian in your area and for further information please email

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Doing their Bit: Irish Women and First World War. An Exhibition

woman's in DublinFrom working in munitions factories, V.A.D. nursing, supporting the war effort through charitable works, and leading the anti-conscription movement, World War 1 led to a multitude of different experiences for Irish women. An exhibition "Doing their Bit": Irish Women and the First World War, drawn from the collections of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other material held at Dublin City Library and Archive explores different aspects of these experiences and how they were impacted by class, religion and political persuasion.
This exhibition on display at Dublin City Library and Archive from March to April 2018, was accompanied by a programme of talks in City Hall during April and a talk, Women of the Brigade: St John Ambulance & the First World War on 17 April at Dublin City Library and Archive.

1916 Rising Garrison Plaques

Dublin City Council unveiled two more plaques in this series in December 2016, one to the Four Courts Garrison at Church Street and one to the Royal College of Surgeons Garrison at 123 St Stephen’s Green.
In April 2016, Ardmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh unveiled three 1916 Rising garrison plaques in the city. These plaques are located at Marrowbone Lane, The Mendicity Institution and Jacob’s Factory, Dublin 8. These sites had no plaque or sign to identify them as battle sites of the Rising. Now with these permanent reminders it is hoped that Dubliners, visitors to the city, relatives and all who are interested in history will be able to come and see these plaques and remember those who fought so courageously at the garrisons during the Rising.

Dublin City Council Commemorations Committee

The Arts, Culture, Recreation and Community Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) established a committee on Commemorations on 13th October 2014. The Commemorations Committee is chaired by Cllr. Vincent Jackson and membership is open to all councillors and members of the SPC. For further information please contact Tara Doyle at


National Decade of Commemorations Website features details of the significant events in Irish History that took place in the time between 1912-1922 and lists the commemorative events taking place nationwide. You can also subscribe to their newsletter for monthly event updates.