There are a number of strands to South Dublin County Council’s Decade of Centenaries plans for 2020.
Acquisition and Digitisation of Archive Material
South Dublin Libraries has been fortunate enough to acquire a series of the Saoirse newspaper in pristine condition which will be made freely available online through our digital archive, Source, at http://source.southdublinlibraries.ie. Saoirse was a republican newspaper published between 1910 and 1914. Among its contributors were Padraig Pearse, Bulmer Hobson, Terence McSweeney, Piaras Béaslaí and Roger Casement.
In addition to the newspaper, we have also identified a number of other items from the time which will be acquired to enhance the range of revolutionary period material on our archive. These will benefit the wider community by being made widely available.
South Dublin Libraries is working with Irish Life and Lore on 1922-2022: A Century of Change, a collection of oral histories which chronicles 100 years of change, marking the centenary of the foundation of the State. Part two of this three-year project is due to be launched in November 2020.
War of Independence Lecture Series
A series of talks or webinars by prominent historians of the revolutionary period will be delivered in autumn/winter 2020. Please consult the events section at South Dublin County Council's website in early September for further details of this series.
This initiative is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.