The events of the decade between 1913 and 1923 were momentous and defining ones. It was the decade that influenced relationships for a generation and was a period which saw the achievement of Irish independence and the foundation of our State.
It was also a period of transformation and cultural renewal in Irish society, following on electoral reform, land reform, education reform and migration. The demand for constitutional change was in parallel with the assertion of workers’ rights and women’s rights.
The decade was one of the most momentous of modern Irish history and justifies a comprehensive commemorative programme that recognises its importance, acknowledges the achievements of its generation and enhances the understanding today of the events that shaped our society
As part of the Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries programme, Ian Kenneally has been appointed Historian in Residence for the period from August until November 2020.
Ian Kenneally is an author, historian, and documentary maker. His publications include ‘The Paper Wall: Newspapers and Propaganda in Ireland, 1919-1921’, ‘From the Earth, a Cry: The Story of John Boyle O'Reilly’, and ‘Courage and Conflict: Forgotten Stories of the Irish at War’. Ian has also contributed to a variety of books including the ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’. He was editor of the very popular weekly series, The Revolution Papers, and he has contributed articles to numerous newspapers and magazines.
Starting the week of Monday, 17 August, the Historian in Residence will produce around 33 blog entries, based on a list of topics compiled by the historian in consultation with the Heritage Officer. There will be an average of 2 to 3 blogs per week from August to November. The historian will supply images in each case, although choice may sometimes be constricted by copyright considerations.
These blogs will cover Westmeath’s experience during 1920, placing the county in the wider context of what was happening nationally. The overall goal is to create a hub, which will provide the public with a trustworthy and enlightening source of information on Westmeath during 1920.
The Historian in Residence will be available to liaise with local groups throughout Westmeath during the residency, providing assistance or advice, as needed, with regard to the history of the county in 1920 and the online commemoration of events. You can contact the historian in residence by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2021-2023 initiative.