New Century Ireland website marks ‘decade of centenaries’

8 May 2013

The Century Ireland website

Visitors to the new Century Ireland online news service can now go back in time and explore images, news reports, academic research and other archival material from the time of the Home Rule debate to the Civil War (1913-1923) in Ireland.

Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, officially launched Century Ireland, the result of a partnership between RTÉ, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Boston College, the National Cultural Institutions and other partners.

Century Ireland also includes a daily blog and the initiative also has Twitter feed to bring information about the 1913-1923 period to the widest possible audience.

Deenihan said that over the course of 2013 and in the decade ahead, Ireland will celebrate a succession of centenaries that mark the most momentous period in modern Irish history.

“In a mere decade, the social and political landscape in Ireland changed completely. The Century Ireland initiative is important because it takes our history and makes it tangible and accessible for the audience of today,” Deenihan said.

“The major stories featured will explain the events that shaped modern Ireland, but the everyday ones will help us imagine what it was really like to live through this decade of change.”

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic