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Decade of Centenaries 2020

02/11/20 15:52

Kilkenny County Council Library Service has always welcomed audiences into our libraries in the past to a variety of events and talks based on the Decade of Centenaries period.

Despite ongoing restrictions, we have tailored our initiatives this year to offer a digital and virtual experience.

People of Kilkenny were active participants during the events of this decade and our hope is to encourage the people of Kilkenny and beyond to actively engage with our history from this period, both locally and nationally.

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Our offerings have three main pillars:

  • A series of podcasts with Historian and Author, Eoin Swithin Walsh on happenings in Kilkenny in 1920
  • Decade themed learning materials for children in the classroom, with Educationalist and Author, Anne Murtagh based on research for her recent book, ‘Sound of Freedom’
  • A collection of commissioned photographs of Decade themed sites around Kilkenny.

 "While Covid 19 has presented challenges in delivering a programme of events this year, using virtual and visual channels has allowed Kilkenny County Council Library Service to reach both existing and new audiences with content, that is both wide-ranging and thought provoking", says Executive Librarian, Declan Macauley.

Our Podcasts and Learning Materials can be accessed here and have being promoted on the library social media channels.

Images are available on Kilkenny Digital Archive at and will form the basis of a series of commemorative postcards later this year.

Kilkenny County Council Library Service actively supports the Decade of Centenaries initiative. ‘The objective of the State Centenary Commemoration Programme for the years from 2019 – 2023 is to ensure that this period in our history, including the Struggle for Independence, the Civil War, the Foundation of the State and Partition, is remembered appropriately and sensitively.’ Kilkenny County Council Library service is proud to be associated with this initiative.

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