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.

Historians-in-Residence in Dublin City Council for 'Dublin Remembers: Is Cuimhin Linn' public history project

Dublin City Council announces a new Decade of Commemorations public history project to run in the five administrative areas of Dublin City and at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Building on the success of the 2016 centenary commemorations of the 1916 Rising, which saw unprecedented numbers in the City engage with history, 'Dublin Remembers: Is Cuimhin Linn' aims to make history accessible and enjoyable for all. The project involves six historians-in-residence working with the general public, libraries, community groups and schools in Dublin City.

Historians in ResidenceThe six historians were appointed in late April and will be working on all sorts of history events throughout the city including talks, walks, tours, discussions, history book clubs,  blogs, exhibitions and more.  They are:

  • Donal Fallon -  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

Pictured l-r: Back row: Brian Hanley, Cormac Moore, Donal Fallon; Front row: Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil, Darragh Gannon (click to enlarge)

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

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Forthcoming Historian in Residence events

Votes for Women 1918

Suffragist CityIn February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age were finally allowed to vote. Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster.

Suffragism was the conviction that votes should be extended to women. By the early years of the twentieth century, the suffrage campaign had gained sufficient momentum to be regularly debated in parliament. The 1910s was a decade of great social and political turbulence. The Home Rule crisis, labour unrest, the outbreak of the First World War, and the Easter Rising splintered the cosy certainties of the British Empire. The cause of suffragism added to the tumult as women asserted their political rights. Suffragists in Ireland endured ridicule, assault, and imprisonment in their quest for social justice but 1918 was their year of victory. Dublin City Library and Archive are hosting two events to commemorate the centenary:

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.


From Dublin City Public Libraries on Vimeo.

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

Decade of Commemoration Grants

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

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.