Every local authority around the country is to receive a grant of €10,000 from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to support their role in leading the development of commemorative activities at county level under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme.

Local authorities are central to the cultural fabric and are the principal supporters of so many Festivals that would not otherwise exist.

This contribution is extensive in the bigger picture and positive recognition from the Department of the work that goes into the creation of Festivals.

It will be up to the local authorities themselves to determine how the money is put to best use.  A meeting to share ideas and learnings around the area of the Centenaries was held today with contributions from speakers including Dr Maurice Manning and Dr Martin Mansergh – Chair and Deputy Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations.

This collaborative approach between the State, local authority network and community organisations will provide a supportive structure to ensure that the significant and often deeply personal events that occurred between 1919 and 1923 are remembered in a respectful, inclusive, and balanced manner.

It recognises the need to be sensitive to the local historical context and that there was no uniform experience during the Struggle for Independence and the Civil War – within counties or across the island of Ireland.  It is intended to facilitate engagement from all traditions and communities on the island and it recognises the significance of local narratives and experiences.

“As we enter the most challenging and sensitive phase of the Decade of Centenaries, which includes the Struggle for Independence and the Civil War and related themes, I plan to continue the collaborative approach between the State, local authorities, and community organisations, which has worked so effectively to date.,” said Minister Josepha Madigan before her departure to Japan for the St Patrick’s Day Celebrations.

“The thoughtful and sensitive leadership of the local authorities will be critical in supporting the national conversation about this period by encouraging responsible, inclusive and authentic citizen engagement, reflection, and debate, which is respectful of the local context.  My aim is to provide a supportive structure that ensures that these significant and often deeply personal events are remembered within counties and communities in a measured and non-partisan manner that is accepting of differing perspectives on our shared history and promotes respectful remembrance and reconciliation. “

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