2020 Louth County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme

Louth County Council is running the following two programmes as part of the Decade of Commemorations Centenaries Programme.

Louth Festival of History 2020

Louth Library Service has launched their 2020 Festival of History which will run from September 26th – October 26th. Due to the current restrictions due to COVID-19, this year’s’ Festival has moved to an online platform.

Bringing together historians from across the country, the talks will go beyond the traditional political and military histories of the Irish Revolution and instead bring to life the personal lived histories of the period. The range of topics covered is particularly topical, engaging with issues of border, political violence and national identity, at a time when these issues are as important as ever. The topics chosen are also extremely current representing the forefront of modern thinking on the period which will cement the Louth History Festival's own position as one of the most important popular drivers of historical debate in Ireland.



Live Zoom talk links are:

Caitlin White (Saturday, 26th September @ 11am) - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84794639611

Donal Fallon (Saturday, 26th September @ 1pm) - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86577619501

Daniel Purcell (Sunday, 27th September @ 11am) - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82517154412

Donal Hall - The Great War and its Aftermath in Louth


Brian Hughes -  Boycotting in the Revolution


Catherine Healy - Anglo-American Perspectives on Irish Nationalism


Felix Larkin - The Cartoon's of the Freeman's Journal and the Revolution


Eoin Magennis - Partition, the Border and the Case of Armagh


Brendan McAvinue  - The Royal Irish Constabulary in Louth


Fiona Fearon - Movies, Musicals and Plays in Dundalk


Ian d'Alton - Southern Irish Protestants in an Age of Revolution


Declan Brady - Local Government and the Revolution in Fingal


Donal McAnallen - Sport in the Revolutionary Period


Nuria De Cos - W.B. Yeats and 1920


Elspeth Payne - The Morning Post and Ireland, 1916-1920


Ailbhe Rogers - Cumann na mBan and the Treaty Split


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The Festival is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.

Louth 1920 Online Exhibition - Louth County Archives Service

The project will digitise the minute books of Louth County Council, Drogheda Corporation, and the rural district councils for the 1920 period and a selection of other 1920 archives such as music and theatre related archives and local trade and business directories. Digitised copies will be placed online and through links, they will form part of an online exhibition commemorating 1920 which will be created in-house, by Louth County Archives Service.

The online exhibition will assist in understanding the events of the period and will include themes such as music and theatre 1919-1923, the 1920 all-island local elections, and the journey from revolution with violence into a functioning democracy.


This initiative is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.