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 with Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council has a team of part-time Historians in Residence working with communities across the city. This public history project began in Spring 2017 under the auspices of the Decade of Commemorations designation within the Council, and the historians work in the five administrative areas of Dublin City  to make history and historical sources accessible and enjoyable for all.

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

  • Mary Muldowney - Central Area
  • 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: Donal Fallon, Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil, Bernard Kelly, Cormac Moore (Missing: Mary Muldowney) (click to enlarge)

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.

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 hosted two events to commemorate the centenary:

  • Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin. Exhibition was on display during January and February at Dublin City Library and Archive
  • New Voices in Women's History held on Saturday 17 February  at Dublin City Library and Archive. This seminar celebrated new and emerging voices working on women’s history in Ireland.

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.