Friday 3 January 2020

Decade of Centenaries programme for 2020 announced

At a formal gathering in Cork City Hall yesterday, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. announced the Decade of Centenaries programme for 2020, including a major commemorative programme in remembrance of the significant events that occurred in Cork City and throughout the county 100 years ago. That year, 1920, defined the War of Independence.

The main focus of the State Commemorations programme during 2020 will be in Cork. During the year, the transformative events that occurred 100 years ago will be marked including: the deaths of two of the city’s Lord Mayors, Tomás Mac Curtáin (March) and Terence MacSwiney (October); the Kilmichael Ambush (November) and the burning of Cork City by the Black and Tans (December).

Other significant centenaries that will be remembered around the rest of Ireland and abroad include: The 1920 local elections (January and June), the Connaught Rangers Mutiny (June), the Burning of Balbriggan (September), Bloody Sunday (November), and the execution of Kevin Barry (November).

At the announcement, Minister Madigan acknowledged that the Decade of Centenaries is entering its most challenging period as the country remembers the defining events of its nationhood. She said: "As the Minister responsible for leading the Decade of Centenaries programme, my role is to create opportunities that encourage people of all traditions to explore the differing perspectives on our shared history in a respectful environment.

"My aim is to provide a supportive structure that ensures that the very difficult events that occurred during the Struggle for Independence are remembered within communities in a measured and non-partisan manner that promotes respectful remembrance and reconciliation."

You can listen to a interview with Josepha Madigan TD on Morning Ireland (RTE Radio 1) here.