1918 Centenary Exhibition on Display

Interesting Exhibition Commemorating the 1918 Centenary

The 1918 Centenary exhibition ‘It is resolved that ...’ is currently (from 4th February) on display to the public in An Táin Arts Centre, Town Hall, Crowe St, Dundalk after having been previously on display in Louth Co Hall in January. It will then travel to other venues throughout County Louth such as local libraries or public buildings. Details of venue names and times will be available later on the Council’s website.

The exhibition focuses on the critical period between the 1916 Rising and the General Election of December 1918 where the narrowest margin of victory for that election was seen in County Louth. It intertwines the Louth perspective in telling the narrative of events that occurred in this turbulent period of the country’s history which affected Ireland nationally. Some of the themes the exhibition touches on includes the rise of radical Irish nationalism, the enactment of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the Parliament (Qualification of Women Act) 1918, election campaigning and the 1918 General Election, the decline of the Irish Parliamentary Party and the ending of World War I.

The exhibition draws on numerous fascinating archives found in collections held in Louth County Archives, some never seen before, and includes images of these alongside additional material sourced from other institutions and the County Archives thanks them for their kind permission to reproduce these images. The exhibition also includes resolutions that were passed by the local authorities of the day illustrating their attitudes and policies to the continual political changes. The title of this exhibition “It is resolved that ...” comes from the term used in the minute books when they pass these resolutions.

County Archivist, Lorraine McCann said, “I encourage everyone, not just those with a particular interest in the period, to take the opportunity to visit this informative exhibition to explore and learn about how County Louth and its representatives saw and responded to events in this intriguing episode of our history which led to Ireland’s independence”.

The exhibition was developed by Louth County Archives Service under the Decade of Centenaries Programme with help kindly provided by Dr Donal Hall. It is supported by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland and Louth County Council. 

Members of the public are encouraged to contact Louth County Archives by emailing archive@louthcoco.ie if they have archival material relating to the period that they would like to donate to the archive, or if they have any comments on the exhibition; Louth County Archives would be delighted to hear from you.


For further information contact:

Lorraine McCann, email: archive@louthcoco.ie, Tel: 042-9324358, Twitter: @louthcoco



Louth County Archives Service, Old Gaol, Ardee Road, Dundalk, A91 PY17