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Decade of Centenaries Programme for Galway City 2020

Decade of Centenaries Programme for Galway City 2020

Galway City Council has a vibrant and exciting Decade of Centenaries Programme for 2020.  It has been approved by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Community Strand of the 2020 Decade of Centenaries programme.  Galway City Council's programme consists of the following projects:

Galway City Museum & The Arts Office objective is to ensure that the very complex period in our history from 1920-1923 is remembered appropriately, inclusively, proportionately, respectfully and with sensitivity.  A short film that analyses key events, particularly those set in Galway that formed part of the narrative of the War of Independence, the Civil War and the move to a Republic.  In this film historians and archivists such as Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, John Cunningham, Sarah Anne Buckley and others will reflect and discuss significant moments in this period such as the killing of Fr. Griffin, the violent treatment Peg Broderick, the writings of Pádraic Ó Conaire, the Connaught Rangers Mutiny, the Eileen Quinn attack amongst others – giving visitors to the Museum a clear understanding of all the factors that were at play during this intense period of birthing a nation. 

Galway Public Libraries will focus on Eilís Dillon’s historical novels and will examine the personal and familiar factors that influenced her choice of writing in this genre and their renewed relevance in the context of centenary commemorations relating to Ireland’s War of Independence (1919-21) and subsequent Civil War (1922-23) during Galway’s Great Read 2020. Eilís Dillon, a daughter of nationalists and a niece of Joseph Plunkett, whose two families can be linked to almost every significant event in Irish Life and to the various personalities involved in social and political movements.  Various speakers including historians, academics and her family in what will now be a virtual seminar hosted in the three libraries in Galway City.

Galway’s First World War Memorial Committee This is a new website and database that names all those from Galway City and County who died in World War 1, the website will be brought to the next level and have a virtual Memorial ceremony built in.


Supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2021-2023 initiative.