Limerick City and County Council gears up for latest centenery celebrations

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Limerick City and County Council gears up for latest centenery celebrations

Various events which took place between 1919 and 1923 are set to be commemorated locally.

LIMERICK City and County Council is gearing up for the second part of the decade of centenaries.

A presentation given at this month’s full council meeting revealed that the various events which took place between 1919 and 1923 are set to be commemorated both nationally and locally.

County librarian Damien Brady advised the programme will be based on four strands: state ceremonial, historical, community and creative imagination, which will encourage creative expression in remembrance of the significant historical events of the period.

Locally, the council is putting in place a co-ordinator and deputy co-ordinator, alongside a cross-party committee, chaired by Mayor James Collins.

There will be an independent external adjudication board, which will make a series of recommendations locally, with the committee having the ultimate sign-off.

Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh expressed concern over the fact the committee has not been formed.

“I’m not sure what the hold-up is, but it's hindering our decade of centenaries. It's only once every 100 years, and no-one has met. Not having a committee is really bad. If we do not get funding on time, we are not going to have money to commemorate these events,” he warned.

Cllr Liam Galvin, who was mayor in 2016 on the centenary of the rising, said he would hope the same council officials locally are leading the next stage of the commemorations.

Key events in Limerick between 1919 and 1923 include the 120th anniversary of the first meetings of the former City Council and County Council.

As well as this, a huge series of commemorations are planned to mark 100 years since the Limerick Soviet.

On this, the arts office, the city’s union movement, and the municipal museum are teaming up for a major event.

Nationally, the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in 1921, while the Irish Free State entered the League of Nations in 1923.

Preceding this, there was the Civil War between 1922 and 1923.

And last month marked the centenary of the meeting of the first Dail.

The War of Independence took place between 1919 and 1921.