Decade of Centenaries 2020

Decade of Centenaries 2020

Meath County Council is committed to delivering a significant Decade of Centenaries programme in 2020, including a number of events in remembrance of the major incidents that took place throughout the county.

Similar to many other programmes, the Covid-19 national emergency has unfortunately resulted in an alternative approach to the Decade of Centenaries programme for Meath being required. Public events with large audiences – such as those outlined in the draft programme – are no longer feasible with social distancing and capacity restrictions in place. Meath County Council is therefore focusing on activities that will promote a deeper understanding of the historical events of the period, including the local stories and experiences in County Meath

Publication – Trim September 1920

To further aid understanding of this critical period in our history the local authority is publishing a new volume, Trim September 1920. This volume will be published on the centenary of the tumultuous events which occurred in the town of Trim a century ago, and forms a vital part of County Meath’s Decade of Centenaries commemorations. By presenting contemporary accounts, documents and images, it is hoped that this book will contribute to our understanding of our history. The book will reproduce facsimiles of original courts martial and prison documents, contemporary newspaper accounts, stills of contemporary newsreel footage, and rare photographs of the town in the immediate aftermath of the burning.

Virtual Book Launch Trim September 1920

The period from 1912 to 1922 was one of the most eventful in Ireland’s history. From the campaign for Home Rule, through World War One and the Easter Rising of 1916 to the foundation of the Free State, this was a decade of great change. Campaigns for social reforms went hand in hand with political events. The Decade of Centenaries programme aims to commemorate the steps that Ireland took between 1912 and 1922 in a tolerant, inclusive and respectful way.

In 2013 Meath County Council was delighted to return to print Oliver Coogan’s Politics and War in Meath 1913-1923. This volume – Trim September 1920 – is published on the centenary of the tumultuous events which occurred in the town of Trim a century ago, and forms part of County Meath’s Decade of Centenaries commemorations. By presenting contemporary accounts, documents and images, it is hoped that this book will contribute to our understanding of our history.

The book will be launched virtually from Trim Library on Thursday, September 24th at 6.00 pm. The event will be published LIVE on YouTube,

To receive the private link of the live event please email events@meathcoco.ie.

Following the launch the book will be available at a cost of €10 from Trim Library and Anotonia's Bookshop, Trim.

Meath County Council - Decade of Centenaries 2020 Proposed Programme of Events

Supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.

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