Calendar of events
A guide to historical happenings around the country this year
April 24th: Doing their bit: Irish women and the first World War, a lecture by Dr Fionnuala Walsh (UCD). Council chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2, 1.10pm-1.50pm. .Doors open at 12.30 pm.
April 25th: Vótáil 100: Roscommon Commemorative Lecture Programme. Lecturers will discuss 100 years of female suffrage. Speakers will include Senator Ivana Bacik, Mary Clancy (NUIG), Sandra Collins (NLI), Mary McAuliffe (UCD), Sinead McCoole (DCHG), and Claire McGing (Maynooth). King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon 9.30am-4.30pm.
April 27th: The History Hedge School. Greatest killer of the 20th century? - the flu pandemic of 1918-19 Ida Milne, Guy Beiner, Patricia Marsh, Andrew McCarthy. Readers and Writers Festival, Cobh Library, Co Cork, 7pm.
May 11th-12th: Interrogating Markievicz@Richmond Barracks. Richmond Barracks will host a two day seminar on Markievicz, the first woman to be elected as an MP or TD. Richmond Barracks, Inchicore. https://events.time.ly/grd43pw?event=7280100
May-Sepember: Citizenship Exhibition: The Houses of the Oireachtas, in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, Ireland, are hosting an exhibition of artefacts, images and ephemera celebrating the work of the suffragette movement, the importance of the Representation of the People Act 1918, and their impact on modern society. Houses of the Oireachtas -May-September - Adults
June 7th: The Carrick-on-Shannon and District Historical Society presents suffragette politics, passive resistance and constiutionalism in India and Ireland by Professor Jytoi Atwal of Jawaharlai Nehru University (New Delhi) and the University of Limerick. The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim from 8.30pm.
June 8th-9th: 2nd Annual Irish Military Seminar: Liz Gillis will speak on the theme of women in the struggle for Irish freedom and Neil Richardson will speak about the significance of Irish involvement in the First World War. Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare
From June 30th: Fortnightly Sligo night walking tour will include how the county coped with the 1918 flu epidemic.
July 15th: Unveiling of Kilkenny War Memorial. To commemorate the 780 men from Kilkenny, the Kilkenny War Memorial will be unveiled at Linear Park in Kilkenny City. Time 2:00 p.m.
August 12th-16th: The Parnell School will examine the 1918 British general election in Ireland and its legacy. There will be various talks on the theme of democracy in Ireland. Avondale House, Co Wicklow.
August 17th-19th: The West Cork History Festival will include talks by Alvin Jackson the author of Judging Redmond and Carson. Among the speakers on the theme of 1918 will be Professor John Horne, Professor Eunan O’Halpin, Professor Louise Ryan and Dr Ida Milne. Rosebank, Skibbereen, Co Cork.
August 18th: War, Conscription and a General Election: Skerries and Ireland in the year 1918: Speakers include Liz Gillis, John Dorney and Frank Whearity: Ardgillan Castle 11am-4pm. firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
August 31st-2nd: The History Hedge School will host a seminar on 1918 at the Electric Picnic. Stradbally, Co Laois. Time TBC
September 2018: The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Castlebar will mark the centenary of the Spanish Flu in Ireland with a public programme of events titled The Enemy Within - the Spanish Flu in Ireland 1918-19. A temporary exhibition detailing the folk medicines and rudimentary cures used by the public to combat the flu will be on display in the Museum of Country Life, Co. Mayo from September 2018 to April 2019. An illustrated lecture series detailing the local impact of the Spanish Flu will be delivered in sixteen venues across fifteen counties between September 2018 to June 2019. National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo.
September 7th-9th: Friends of Sligo Gaol have organised a bicentennial weekend to remember the opening of the jail and the centenary of Michael Collins’ incarceration there in 1918.
September 21st: Votáil 100: Culture Night 2018 A celebration of Irish history and political culture themed around the Vótáil 100 commemoration, Leinster House
September 24th - October 7th: The Dublin Festival of History (various venues). The festival will discuss the Representation of the People Act 1918, the centenary of the execution of the Romanov family and a new film, Keepers of the Flame, by Nuala O’Connor featuring stories from the Irish Military Service Pensions archive.
October 6th: The National Maritime Museum will host the Dublin Welsh Choir to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster. National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire 7.30pm.
October 9th-10th: The National Maritime Museum will host an all day seminar on the sinking of the RMS Leinster on October 9th, National Maritime Museum, from 11am. An ecumenical service on October 10th will mark the exact day of the sinking.
October 10th: An official commemoration will take place in Dún Laoghaire to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Royal Mail Steamer (RMS) Leinster and to remember all of those who perished in that tragedy. The programme will comprise a significant cultural element as well as a formal commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony, with participation by members of the Defence Forces. This is also the date on which the vessel will come under the protection of the National Monuments Acts, which covers all shipwrecks over 100 years old. Time TBC.
October 14th: Queen Medbh’s Shadow: The legacy of 1918, empowerment and women today: Speakers include Professor Marian Lyons, Maynooth University, Fiona O’Loughlin TD and Catherine Murphy TD. Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare 6.30pm
October 27th: National Gallery of Ireland: Art exhibition on Constance Markievicz will run until March 17th, 1919.
November 9th-10th: The Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland’s (NPHFI) 2018 annual conference will be held at NUI Galway 9-10 November. The theme will be ‘The Press and the Vote’ which will examine the impact of the press on the 1918 general election.
November 10th: The end of the Great War 1918 in association with the County Kildare Archaeological Society. Speakers include Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Caitriona Crowe, Professor Terry Dooley, Brigadier Genreal Joe Mulligan, James Durney and Fionnuala Walsh. Killashee Hotel, Naas, 9.30am
November 11th: Armistice Day. All official State commemorations marking the end of the first World War and the British general election of 1918 will be announced at a later date. See the website of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for further details.
November 11th: Remembrance: The Eleventh Hour: Unveiling of a First World War memorial at Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas at 11am followed by the launch of Remembrance: The Kildare War Dead 1914-1918 and civic reception at the Osprey Hotel in Naas.
November 15th: Greystones Archaelogical and Historical Society will hold a celebrating suffrage meeting on November 15th at Greystones Library. Time TBC
December 7th: Votáil 100: Former elected members of the Oireachtas will meet in Leinster House to discuss matters relating to Vótáil100. Leinster House Time TBC.
December 2018: Date TBC: RTÉ will broadcast Election 1918 which will be a mockumentary of the events surrounding the 1918 election with studio guests and period count centres. It will be hosted by RTÉ broadcaster and historian David McCullough. It’s a Loosehorse Productions.