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.

Commemorations programme 2020

Dublin City Council’s commemorations programme for 2020 will focus on one of the most important anniversaries in the Decade of Centenaries - Bloody Sunday, 21 November 2020. The varied programme includes:
The Dublin Festival of History in September will feature online talks on Bloody Sunday and other anniversary events from 1920 such as the operation of the Auxiliaries in Dublin, Bloody Sunday in the Press, and Partition.

Volume 3 of the Council’s popular local history series History on Your Doorstep will be dedicated entirely to remembering the events of Bloody Sunday. The book will be published in November 2020 and will feature essays by the Council’s historians in residence on various aspects of Bloody Sunday. It will be available free-of-charge in public libraries in the city. You can borrow an eBook of volumes 1 and 2 in the History on Your Doorstep series from BorrowBox using your library card.

Dublin City Council and Dublin City Libraries (DCL) are partnering with Dublin GAA to bring an exhibition on Bloody Sunday to GAA clubs across the city. The exhibition will be complemented with a programme of talks by the Council’s historians in residence and a reading list of books on Bloody Sunday and the War of Independence (with items available to borrow for free in city libraries).

On the evening of 21st November 2020, in association with the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Dublin City Council will host a formal event in City Hall to commemorate Bloody Sunday, and in particular the murders of Dick McKee, Peadar Clancy and Conor Clune.

The Historians in Residence continue to work with communities in Dublin and will be active throughout the autumn bringing the stories of Bloody Sunday and other anniversaries in the Decade of Commemorations to audiences. There will be a new Historian in Residence for Children, a pilot-project in partnership with DCC Culture Company, who will work with primary schools in the locality of Richmond Barracks in Inchicore.  

For further information please email

Historians in Residence with Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council’s Historians in Residence work 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:

James Curry – Dublin North West Area
Cormac Moore – Dublin North Central Area
Mary Muldowney – Dublin Central Area
Cathy Scuffil – Dublin South East and South Central Areas

Please feel free to contact any of them at

“History on Your Doorstep Volume 2: six more stories of Dublin history” is the most recent publication under the Historian in Residence project and copies are available for free in any Dublin City Library. Volume 1 in the series can be downloaded in PDF. You can also borrow an eBook of History on Your Doorstep Volumes 1 and History on Your Doorstep Volume 2 series from BorrowBox using your library card.


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2020 Decade of Commemoration Grants:

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, the Decade of Commemorations grants have been paused for 2020. For further details please email


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.