logo
Home > Our Services > Planning > Conservation & Heritage > Decade of Centenaries Blog

Explore the blog

As part of the Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries programme, Ian Kenneally has been reappointed Historian in Residence for the period from August until December 2021. The residency is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media’s Decade of Centenaries Programme, in partnership with Westmeath County Council.

 The residency is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media in partnership with Westmeath County Council.

The goal of the residency is to provide the public with a trustworthy and enlightening source of information on Westmeath during 1921.‌

Videos and podcasts from the Decade of Centenaries blog are available on the Westmeath County Council YouTube channel

 

Decade of Centenaries Logos

‘With the Insects at Lincoln’

With the Insects at Lincoln
Date: 14/10/2021
Period: 1918 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

Podcast:1921 reconnaissance mission to Mount Everest

Podcast:1921 reconnaissance mission to Mount Everest
Date: 11/10/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

Observing the Truce in the heart of Ireland

In the latest of our guest posts, we discuss the Truce period in and around Athlone. Dr John Burke takes up the story.
Date: 28/09/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Dr John Burke

New digital exhibition

New digital exhibition – everest1921.com
Date: 20/09/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

Westmeath - Tibet and 1921

Charles Howard-Bury describes his first view of Mount Everest in 1921
Date: 13/09/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

The Capture of Sean Mac Eoin in Mullingar in 1921

The Capture of Sean Mac Eoin in Mullingar in 1921
Date: 25/08/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Dr Paul Hughes

Do you have documents and photos?

Do you have documents and photos related to Westmeath during 1921?
Date: 18/08/2021
Period: 1920 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

Cultural legacy of revolution: The Ballad of James Tormey

The Ballad of James Tormey - from Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive - Singer John Doyle
Date: 18/08/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive

The War of Newspapers

The War of Newspapers
Date: 18/08/2021
Period: 1919 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

Brian Maguire talks about his father, James (Seamus) Maguire

Brian Maguire talks about his father, James (Seamus) Maguire
Date: 09/08/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Podcast 3 – Marika MacCarvill on Eileen McGrane

WCC Decade of Centenaries Podcast 3 – Marika MacCarvill on Eileen McGrane
Date: 04/08/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Historian in Residence Paul Hughes

The advent of the Truce between the IRA and Crown forces

The advent of the Truce between the IRA and Crown forces
Date: 09/07/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Dr Paul Hughes, Historian in Residence

The Burning of Moydrum Castle 03 July 1921

The Burning of Moydrum Castle 03 July 1921
Date: 06/07/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Filmed and edited by Mark Bennett Crosscut.ie thanks to funding from Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media's #DecadeofCentenaries programme

Ambush at Benown, 20 June 1921

Ambush at Benown, 20 June 1921
Date: 30/06/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: This blog post is an amended version of an article published by the author in the Westmeath Examiner dated 6 March 2021

The Shooting of Head Constable James McElhill in Kilbeggan

The Shooting of Head Constable James McElhill in Kilbeggan
Date: 16/06/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

‘Can you stop the cavalry?’: British manoeuvres May-June1921

‘Can you stop the cavalry?’: British military manoeuvres in Westmeath, May-June 1921
Date: 02/06/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

The Intelligence War in Westmeath, 1920-1921 - Part Two

The Intelligence War in Westmeath, 1920-1921 - Part Two
Date: 19/05/2021
Period: 1920 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

The Intelligence War in Westmeath, 1920-21 - Part One

The Intelligence War in Westmeath, 1920-21 - Part One
Date: 14/05/2021
Period: 1920 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

Scars of Revolution: The Case of Thomas Caddell

Scars of Revolution: The Case of Thomas Caddell
Date: 12/05/2021
Period: 1898 - 1927
Author: Paul Hughes

Wars and Rumours of Wars: Ballycorkey Bridge, May 1921

Wars and Rumours of Wars: Ballycorkey Bridge, May 1921
Date: 04/05/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Cumann na mBan, 1921: Cecilia Keeble’s Story

Cumann na mBan, 1921: Cecilia Keeble’s Story
Date: 26/04/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Decade of Centenaries Podcast - Episode 1

Paul Hughes and John Sheehan discuss the lives and death of the Tormey brothers of Moate.
Date: 16/04/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Keeping the garrison ‘on their toes’

Keeping the garrison ‘on their toes’: the assault on Kinnegad RIC barracks, April 1921
Date: 16/04/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Westmeath to Philadelphia Kitty O’Doherty’s Irish Revolution

Westmeath to Philadelphia: Kitty O’Doherty’s Irish Revolution
Date: 06/04/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

"Nothing gained nor lost": Ambush at Newtown Cross

"Nothing gained nor lost": Ambush at Newtown Cross
Date: 31/03/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Guerrilla Activity at Mullingar Railway Station, 1921

Guerrilla Activity at Mullingar Railway Station, 1921
Date: 26/03/2021
Period: 1921 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Old Athlone Society Website

In January 2021, the Old Athlone Society launched a new website - midlandshistory.com
Date: 13/01/2021
Period: 1918 - 1923
Author: Ian Kenneally

A series of short documentaries on Westmeath during 1920

Westmeath County Council partnered with Midlands 103 to broadcast a series of documentaries written and narrated by historian Ian Kenneally
Date: 18/12/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

A Time of War

In the final post of the series on 1920, we assess the situation in Westmeath as the year came to a close and the War of Independence continued to rage.
Date: 18/12/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Maxwell Moore and the IRA’s Mullingar Brigade: Part Two

In our previous post, we examined the Mullingar Brigade’s kidnapping of Resident Magistrate Maxwell Moore and his colleague Gustavus Hyde, a justice of the peac
Date: 25/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Maxwell Moore and the IRA’s Mullingar Brigade: Part One

In earlier posts, we discussed the development of the IRA in Westmeath. Here, we focus on the Mullingar Brigade.
Date: 23/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

The Destruction of the Athlone Print Works

The burning of the Westmeath Independent’s offices and the associated print works in November 1920 was an extraordinary and distressing incident
Date: 20/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Reprisals in Moate, Athlone and Kilbeggan

In this edition, we discuss the aftermath of the Parkwood ambush of 22 October 1920.
Date: 18/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

The Parkwood Ambush, October 1920

The IRA ambush a police convoy near Moate leading to reprisals by the Crown forces in the town, as well as in Athlone and Kilbeggan.
Date: 16/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Laurence Ginnell’s Chicago Mission, 1920-1921

In June 1920, Laurence Ginnell, the TD for Westmeath and Director of Publicity in the First Dáil, set out for the United States.
Date: 13/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1921
Author: Paul Hughes

Ambush on Lough Ree

A day after the arrival of the Auxiliaries in Athlone, the IRA launch a retaliatory attack against the Crown forces.
Date: 12/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Westmeath County Council and the Struggle for Independence 2

In the second of Gretta Connell’s guest blogs, she discusses Westmeath County Council from summer 1920 to the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922.
Date: 10/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1922
Author: Gretta Connell

Westmeath County Council and the Struggle for Independence 1

In the latest of our guest blogs Gretta Connell discusses the role of Westmeath County Council during the Irish Revolution.
Date: 09/11/2020
Period: 1916 - 1920
Author: Gretta Connell

The Life and Career of Alice Ginnell

In the latest of our guest posts, we discuss Alice Ginnell’s activism between 1915 and 1923. Dr Anne Marie O’Brien takes up the story.
Date: 05/11/2020
Period: 1915 - 1923
Author: Dr. Anne Marie O'Brien

Cumann na mBan in Westmeath during 1919 and 1920

In this edition we discuss the activities of Cumann na mBan in Westmeath during the War of Independence.
Date: 04/11/2020
Period: 1918 - 1921
Author: Ian Kenneally

On Saturday Evening Auxiliaries Arrived

Following the escalation of the IRA’s campaign in Westmeath, in this edition, we discuss events in and around Athlone during subsequent months.
Date: 03/11/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

A Shooting in Athlone

The British government’s Restoration of Order in Ireland Act and the creation of an IRA flying column in Westmeath signify an escalation of the conflict.
Date: 30/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

International events in the Westmeath Independent, 1920

Dr John Gibney discusses how the Westmeath Independent reported on global events during a time of change and disruption.
Date: 27/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: John Gibney

Whose Law and Whose Order: Courts and Policing in Westmeath

In earlier posts, we discussed the retreat of the RIC from large areas of Westmeath. As British authority declined, republican alternatives emerged.
Date: 22/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

The War on Newspapers

We devote this edition of the blog to the circumstances facing the media during the War of Independence.
Date: 16/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Newspapers and the Mutiny in the Connaught Rangers

In this edition, we take a break from our series on developments in Westmeath and welcome our first guest contributor, Dr John Gibney of the Royal Irish Academy
Date: 14/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: John Gibney

The Creation of a Flying Column in Westmeath

Previously, we charted the development of the IRA in Westmeath. Here, we discuss the ‘flying column’ that was formed in 1920.
Date: 05/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Gathering Weapons: the Volunteers in Westmeath during 1919

In this edition, we discuss the efforts of the Westmeath Volunteers to organise and obtain weapons during the first phase of the War of Independence.
Date: 29/09/2020
Period: 1918 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

The Volunteers in Westmeath before the War of Independence

In this edition, we discuss the revitalisation of the Irish Volunteers in Westmeath before 1920.
Date: 24/09/2020
Period: 1917 - 1918
Author: Ian Kenneally

Police Stations Attacked in Westmeath

Following on from our previous post, we discuss the IRA’s attempts to diminish the power and influence of the RIC.
Date: 21/09/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Rioting in Westmeath

In this edition of our blog, we discuss conflicts in Westmeath during 1919, which foreshadow greater unrest in the county during 1920.
Date: 17/09/2020
Period: 1919 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Custume Barracks Before Independence

In this edition of our blog, we will look at Custume Barracks in Athlone, a location that played a vital role in Westmeath during the War of Independence
Date: 08/09/2020
Period: 1691 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Westmeath and 1920

Over the next few months, we will follow the story of Westmeath during 1920, discussing a range of topics and placing the county within national context
Date: 08/09/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally