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Decade of Centenaries

Decade of Centenaries


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Decade of Centenaries Programme


The Culture Division of Donegal County Council is currently putting together a programme of events to commemorate the forthcoming Decade of Centenaries (2021-2023) including the Struggle for Independence, Partition, the Civil War and the Foundation of the State.  The objective is to promote an inclusive, respectful, authentic, measured and consultative approach to commemorations, which encourages a deeper understanding of the context of the time, recognising the differing perspectives on our shared history and seeking to strengthen peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. 


One of the challenges of these centenaries is that every place and community has a story. However, these stories are largely hidden or almost forgotten.  We are seeking your ideas for themes and activities which could be included in this programme and which could increase our understanding of this complex period of our history.



Themes to be considered could include but are not limited to:


•          Local connections with the significant events


•          The partitioning of Ireland – its impact and legacy on Donegal communities living along the newly established border and farther afield. 


•          The impact of the revolutionary period on families and children.


•          The aftermath of World War I and the experiences of those who were part of the war effort and returned to their communities in a changing Ireland.


•          The Irish language during this period.


•          'Ireland and the Wider World' – local connections with the international dimension, including the role of the Diaspora in the events from 1921 – 1923.




We would particularly welcome suggestions for on-line and virtual activities that we could deliver during the COVID-19 pandemic. Themes or activities suggested will be considered for inclusion in the programme to be delivered by the Culture Division.



Please note that the following will not be included in the programme:

-           Memorials, plaques, busts, statues, commemorative medals or pins;

-           Commercial activities.


The Culture Division programme is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012 -2023 Initiative




If you wish to submit an idea or suggest a theme, please request a submission form by emailing  


 Closing date for submissions: 5pm on Tuesday 26th January 2021.









Culture Division, Donegal County Council

‌The Culture Division of Donegal County Council will deliver the following programme of activities in 2020 as part of the Decade of Centenaries Commemorations. These activities have been supported by the Department of  Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.




Donegal County Archives 

Digitisation of the Archives (minutes of meetings) of County Donegal’s Ten Rural District Councils during the Revolutionary period in County Donegal, 1918 – 1925


The Archives Service will digitise and make available on-line the bound volumes of the minutes of meetings which are currently stored in the Archives repository in Lifford. These archives are the minutes of meetings of County Donegal’s ten Rural District Councils, during the aftermath of the 1916 Rising, the 1918 General Election, War of Independence, partition, Civil War and early years of the Irish Free State, 1918 - 1925.


For further Information please contact

Donegal County Archives Office

Three Rivers Centre


Co. Donegal

F93 PN3H

Tel: 074 9153900





Donegal County Museum

Decade of Centenaries Booklet


Donegal County Museum will deliver a booklet on the theme of the Decade of Centenaries focussing on the current centenaries – War of Independence; Partition; and the Civil War, as they relate to County Donegal. The booklet will promote a wider understanding of these historical events and their impact in Donegal. It will explore the story from all perspectives and highlight the events of the period using both local and national resources.


For further information, please contact

Donegal County Museum

High Road


Co. Donegal

F92 K123

Tel: 074 9124613




Regional Cultural Centre

Video Pieces


The Regional Cultural Centre working with Dark Daughter productions will deliver a series of  Cross Border video pieces which explore the experiences of women during the Struggle for Independence and the changing role of women in society during the revolutionary period. The video pieces will highlight a previously unexplored aspect of our history and will be presented in a format accessible to a wide audience. 


For further information, please contact 

Regional Cultural Centre

Regional Cultural Centre

Cove Hill, Port Road


Co. Donegal

Tel: 074 912 9186




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