The decade from 1912 to 1922 contains many centenaries incluing the the anniversaries of the Home Rule Bill and the Solemn Oath and Covenant in 1912, the formation of the Ulster Volunteers and Irish Volunteers in 1913-14, the battles of the Great War and the Easter Rising and from 1920 onwards, the formation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State, including the creation of new police forces and judiciaries. The post-war period also included the War of Independence, the Irish Civil War and a great deal of violent unrest in Belfast and surrounding areas. Among other significant events in this period are the growth of the Labour movement and the camaign for female emancipation.
The Centenaries Cluster is an informal network of people from different backgrounds across denominations and community work sectors. We have been discussing ways in which we might work in various sectors of our society to commemorate these contested parts of our history, to build capacity within and across communities to deal confidently and honestly with the past, in such a way as to contribute constructively to a peaceful future in both parts of Ireland. It’s still early days, but fascinating, encouraging and creative projects seem to be taking shape.
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