Laois council gets thousands of euro to mark Independence, Civil War and Partition

Conor Ganly

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins played a central role in the War of Indepence, Partition and the Civil War

Laois County Council and every other local authority in Ireland in Ireland are getting thousands of euro to mark the War of Independence, the Civil War and partition and other landmark events 100 years ago.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, announced funding this week of €1.75 million for local authorities in 2021 to support councils in developing community-led commemorative activities for the final phase of the Decade of Centenaries Programme.

The final phase (2021 – 2023) recalls the struggle for Independence, the Civil War, Partition and foundation of Northern Ireland. A statement said the thoughtful and careful approach of local authorities will have a key role in supporting the national conversation and respectful public engagement with this period in our history. 

It means €50,000 will be allocated to every council to support plans for 2021. A further €200k is available for those local authorities who have any additional requirements in relation to specific centenary events and other larger projects.

"I want to sincerely thank all of the local authorities for responding with such enthusiasm, ambition and imagination in developing their commemorative programmes for this year.  I know that it took considerable work to adapt their plans so skilfully in response to the immense challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I plan to continue the collaborative approach between the State, local authorities, and local communities, which has worked so well to date, to ensure that these challenging and sensitive events in our shared history are remembered in an inclusive, measured, and balanced manner.

"This funding package represents a significant increase on previous years and shows the confidence and trust we have in our local authority partners to deliver thought-provoking and imaginative initiatives in 2021. I have asked local authorities to allocate at least €15,000 from this 2021 funding to support artistic and creative endeavours. I hope that the work of artists and creative practitioners will provide a platform to encourage and support reflection and shared remembrance of this very difficult period in our history," said the Green Party Minister.