Commemorative Activities

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Electoral RollsDublin City Public Libraries & Archive

Dublin City Public Library & Archive has a varied programme of activities for the Decade of Commemorations, including a project to digitise the City Electoral Rolls for 1898-1915 and a number of exhibitions, lectures, and publications.  

To commemorate the First World War the unique Monica Roberts Collection has been digitised and transcribed and is available to view online in the fully-searchable Monica Roberts Collection Database. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and the Monica Roberts Collection form just part of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive's extensive material relating to the First World War.



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.

Ruins in Sackville Street , 1916Dublin Remembers 1916 Programme of Events

"Dublin Remembers 1916" presented a series of lectures, talks by expert historians, exhibitions and conferences in Dublin libraries, City Hall, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and other venues in the city throughout 2016.

View the Dublin Remembers 1916 Programme of Events | Press Release| Dublin South Central Remembers 1916 Programme of Events.

Dublin Remembers the 1916 Rising - Information Sessions / Workshops

Presentations and public information sessions on Dublin City Council's plans to commemorate the 1916 Rising were held in various libraries in May 2015. There was also an illustrated lecture on "Dublin and the 1916 Rising", given by Dr Conor McNamara in Cabra, Coolock, Ballyfermot and Rathmines libraries, while Dr Brian Hanley gave the lecture at the public meetings in the Central Library, ILAC and Charleville Mall Library. There was also a presentation on the Ireland 2016 centenary programme.

Dublin Remembers the First World War

Dublin City Council commemorated the First World War at the Dublin Festival of History 2014.

The Dublin Festival of History is brought to you by Dublin City Council, and is organised by Dublin City Public Libraries

Dublin’s involvement in the First World War was one of the main themes of the 2014 Dublin Festival of History.

The Festival is one of the City Council’s activities in the Decade of Commemorations. And in 2014, Dublin’s involvement in the First World War was remembered. As well as talks by historians from home and abroad there was a specially commissioned piece of theatre, narrated by actor Bryan Murray, which brought the war experiences of ordinary Dubliners to life. There was also a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and many more events.

Brought to you by Dublin City Council – Decade of Commemorations

Dublin’s City Hall Commemorated the Great War

The popular series of City Hall Lunch-time Lectures took place each Tuesday in October 2014. Called ‘Dublin and the Great War’ this series was arranged by Dublin City Council to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and its part of the Decade of Commemorations. 

The Battle of Clontarf

Battle of Clontarf re-enactment

The highlight of the nationwide Battle of Clontarf commemorations was the Battle of Clontarf Festival, held in St Anne’s Park over Easter weekend, 2014. Over 60,000 visitors attended the two-day event which included a full-scale replica of a medieval village and battle re-enactments. More than 500 Viking re-enactors from around the world took part in Ireland’s largest  ever battle e-enactment.

The Battle of Clontarf Festival won top prize at the 2014 Event Industry Awards in July 2014.


Restoration of Richmond Barracks, Inchicore for 1916 Commemoration

2016 Richmond BarracksRichmond Barracks is a key site for many significant events in Ireland’s history and of particular significance to the period around 1916. The leaders of the 1916 Rising were interned and court-martialled within the barracks before being transferred to Kilmainham Gaol for execution. It was also from here that soldiers, including the poet Francis Ledwidge, were transported to fight in the First World War. Through the building’s restoration visitors can experience the centre as a military barracks, a significant site of the 1916 Rising, and a cornerstone of a Dublin community.

The restoration of the Barracks was funded as a national commemorative project. Read more about the restoration of Richmond Barracks.

Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane

Christopher Wynne Nevinson  No. 40 "In the air" Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane presented The Great War: Efforts and Ideals from September 2014 to February 2015. The 68 lithographs in this exhibition were commissioned by the British Ministry of Information in 1917 to raise support for the war effort. The images by well known British artists illustrated some of the changing attitudes at the time such as the role of women in war, and the industry of war, and the casualties of war.  The prospectus published on January 1, 1919 described the series as “a first attempt by a number of British artists, working in unison, to put on record some aspects of the activities called forth by the Great War, and Ideals by which those activities were inspired.  Featured artists included Christopher Wynne Nevinson, Willliam Rothenstein, Claude Shepperson, Sir Muirhead Bone, George Clausen and Edmund Dulac.

Image: Christopher Wynne Nevinson No. 40 "In the air" [From 'The Great War: Britain's Efforts And Ideals shown in a series of lithographic prints: 'Building Aircraft' series]

The Dublin City Gallery: the Hugh Lane’s Decade of Centenaries programme got under way in 2012 with the hugely successful Revolutionary States: Home Rule and Modern Ireland, marking the centenary of the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill. The Gallery marked the centenary of the 1913 with the exhibition and associated programme Dublin Divided: September 1913.

Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1. Tel. 01 2225550. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday

Dublin City Council Arts Office

The Arts Office as part of the Dublin City Public Art Programme commissioned a solo composition for Uilleann Pipes by renowned composer Sandie Purcell to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Clontarf.  The solo piece was recorded and a short film made, with the first performance taking place on Clontarf Promenade on Good Friday, 18 April, 2014.  The commission was funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.  The commission received coverage on Morning Ireland (17.04.14) and in The Irish Times (18.04.14).

Dublin City Council Heritage Office

Viking House, Botanic GardensThe City Council’s Heritage Office was delighted to mark the Battle of Clontarf centenary by supporting the publication of Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf by Professor Seán Duffy, published by Gill & Macmillan in October 2013. The project was initiated by the Heritage Office and co-funded by the City Archaeologist, the Dublin North Central Area Office, and the Community, Recreation and Amendity Department.

The Heritage Office and the City Archaeologist also supported the Battle of Clontarf Conference in collaboration with TCD Department of History and Friends of Medieval Dublin in April and the Viking House project in collaboration with the Botanical Gardens and the UCD School of Archaeology.


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