Decades of Centenaries

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ROSCOMMON COUNTY COUNCIL

CREATIVE ROSCOMMON & DECADE OF CENTENARIES

OPEN CALL GRANTS 2021

 

Roscommon County Council, together with Creative Ireland and the Decade of Centenaries Programme, is pleased to announce increased funding for the Community Strand in 2021 under the Creative Roscommon & Decade of Centenaries Open Call.

 

The key objective of the Creative Roscommon Grants 2021 is to provide support to local communities and creatives to deliver collaborative, innovative, ambitious projects and to enable creativity in every community in Roscommon. The level of grant assistance for any one event/project will range from €2,000 to €5,000. Roscommon County Council is also looking for one or two creative projects of larger scale and ambition up to a maximum of €10,000.

 

The key objective of the Decade of Centenaries Roscommon Grants 2021 is to provide support to local communities to facilitate commemorative actions and events in the county relevant to 1921. Applications are required to respond with sensitivity to the local historical context, acknowledging that there was no uniform experience within counties or across the island of Ireland. The level of grant assistance for any one event/project will average €1,000. In very exceptional circumstances, Roscommon County Council reserves the right to award a sum in excess of this to a project. Further information is available from https://www.decadeofcentenaries.com/

 

In 2020, funding was awarded to a vast number of projects county wide. These included Laura Earley’s ‘Roscommon’s Mosaic Tradition’, Fotofit Camera Club ‘Connections’ in association with Brothers of Charity Roscommon and ‘Save Our World’ a song with the theme of climate action composed by Frankie Simon, commissioned by St Joseph’s Church Choir, Boyle and performed by Climate Eyes – members of St Joseph’s Church Choir.

 

For Guidelines please click here: Creative Roscommon 2021 Grant Guidelines.doc (size 994.3 KB)

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Applications can only be accepted via Roscommon County Council’s  My Online Services where you will be required to register for a new account or login if you already have an account.                          .

 

You can watch a short video on how to register for My Online Services here:  http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/!62BO41

 

Once you have registered, you will find the application form under “A-Z Services”

The closing date for submissions is 5th March 2021 at 5pm.

 

Enquiries can also be sent via email to:creativeireland@roscommoncoco.ieor Contact Áine on (09066) 37271


The Wests Awake Podcast

New History Ireland PODCAST

This podcast, produced in association with Roscommon County Council and the County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society, and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012 - 2023 initiative, is available on Tuesday 27th October from 6am at the following links:

www.historyireland.com/podcast-channel/ and

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-ireland/id1503109266

All Hedge Schools and podcasts are also available through the Decade of Centenaries website https://www.decadeofcentenaries.com/category/history-ireland-podcasts/

Full information is available at the following link: The-West-s-Awake-Revolution-in-Roscommon-1916-1921.pdf

Roscommon County Council Historian in Residence Grant Scheme

Roscommon County Council seeks applications for a Historian in Residence to support the Roscommon County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme.  There is one grant of €3,000 available and the successful applicant will be required to work 10 hours per week over a 3-month period commencing September 2020 to include all travel and other costs associated with the residency.

 

The closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 8th September 2020

Full details are available here:  Historian in Residence Grant 2020 Roscommon.pdf (size 602 KB)

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Roscommon County Council’s Culture Team, comprising the Director of Services, Community & Enterprise Senior Executive Officer, Arts Officer, Heritage Officer, Tourism Officer, Arts Centre Manager and County Librarian, together with local historians, is pleased to present our 2020 Decade of Centenaries Commemorative Programme. Our team examined the significant events and themes of this period as they pertain to County Roscommon and intend to again offer a varied programme and holistic approach to achieving the objectives of the community strand.

The history of Roscommon in the revolutionary period is one of transition to new political allegiances from the Irish Parliamentary Party to the election of the first Sinn Féin-backed MP in 1917. In 1919, Roscommon men took up arms against the British to pursue Sinn Féin aims, only to turn the weapons on one another three years later when conflict over the continued pursuit of the Irish Republic led to civil war.

The Council will collaborate with Wordwell Publishing and County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society to present these stories in a History Ireland Hedge School Podcast. In so doing, we will continue to educate and encourage reflection about the multiple identities, traditions and perspectives that are part of the overall Irish historical experience, with sensitivity to the local historical context.

In view of the restrictions on holding public commemorative events, Roscommon County Council will instead invest a significant proportion of our resources into research and the development of digital and online content to support the programme for this and subsequent years, as outlined in the guidelines.

2020 is opportune to start digitisation of Roscommon Council Minutes from Library Archives for the period up to 1923 as a key resource for decade of centenaries study and research. This will tie in with the event planned for the members in relation to 1920 local elections.

Furthermore, the Council will engage a Historian in Residence to assist with research and curation of programmes, projects and events for the decade of centenaries up to 2023 which will drive public engagement.

Roscommon County Council will commission an artistic response to the Decade of Centenaries 1920::2020, to be produced in the form of outdoor projections on the Council cultural venues of King House, Douglas Hyde Centre and Roscommon Arts Centre, as well as Strokestown Park House, on Culture Night, 18th September.

Roscommon County Council will liaise with History Ireland and Wordwell Publishing to commemorate the Connaught Rangers through their podcast to be released on June 28th, funded directly by the Commemorations Unit (DCHG). Linking with King House, Boyle, home to the Connaught Rangers Museum.

Finally, the 1920 Local Elections were an important historical milestone in local governance, which saw Sinn Fein in control of local government in Roscommon. This event will be commemorated by the elected members of Roscommon County Council this June. And will mark the commencement of the programme of digitisation of minutes by the Library Service.

 

 

Events and Initiatives:

Title:1920 Local Elections

Where: Council Chamber, Roscommon County Council

When: 22nd June

About: A reading and presentation of the minutes of June 1920 at the monthly meeting of Roscommon County Council, June 2020.

 

Title:The West's Awake — Roscommon in the Irish Revolution

Where: History Ireland Hedge School Podcast

When: October/November

About: The history of Roscommon in the revolutionary period is one of transition to new political allegiances from the Irish Parliamentary Party to the election of the first Sinn Féin-backed MP in 1917. In 1919, Roscommon men took up arms against the British to pursue Sinn Féin aims, only to turn the weapons on one another three years later when conflict over the continued pursuit of the Irish Republic led to civil war. Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, will discuss Roscommon in the Irish Revolution with County Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society and their guests John Burke, author of Roscommon: The Irish Revolution, 1912–23 (forthcoming Four Courts Press, 2020), May Moran, niece of Patrick Moran and author of Executed for Ireland - The Patrick Moran story and Aidan Cooke, a member of Graves Association, whose parents were on either side of political divide (RIC and Republican) and author of How the west awoke in my grandfather's time.

 

Title:Digitisation of Roscommon Council Minutes from Library Archives for the period up to 1923

Where: Roscommon County Library

When: September to December 2020 and ongoing

About: 2020 will see the commencement of the digitisation of Roscommon Council Minutes from Library Archives for the period up to 1923.

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Title:Historian in Residence

Where: Roscommon County Council

When: September to December 2020 and ongoing

About: 2020 will see the commencement of a contract for service for a Historian in Residence for the period up to 1923 to assist with research for and curation of programmes, projects and events for the decade of centenaries up to 2023. Details of this Contract are as follows:

Roscommon County Council Historian in Residence Grant Scheme

Roscommon County Council seeks applications for a Historian in Residence to support the Roscommon County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme.  There is one grant of €3,000 available and the successful applicant will be required to work 10 hours per week over a 3-month period commencing September 2020 to include all travel and other costs associated with the residency.

 The closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 8th September 2020

Full details are available here:  Historian in Residence Grant 2020 Roscommon.pdf (size 602 KB)

 

 

Title:The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in 1920, 1970 & 2020

Where: Podcast

When: 28th June

About: Roscommon County Council will help to publicise and share the launch of this History Ireland Hedge School Podcast. The Connaught Rangers mutiny in 1920, 1970 & 2020 will be recorded (via zoom) and broadcast on the 28th June which is the centenary of the mutiny.

 

 

Title:Culture Night Roscommon 1920::2020 An Artist’s Response

Where: King House, Douglas Hyde Centre Frenchpark, Strokestown Park House, Roscommon Arts Centre

When: 18th September 2020

About: Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir will return for its fifteenth edition on Fri 18 Sep 2020. Roscommon County Council will commission an artistic response to the Decade of Centenaries programme, an element of which will be produced in the form of outdoor projections on the Council cultural venues of King House, Douglas Hyde Centre and Roscommon Arts Centre, as well as at Strokestown Park House, on Culture Night, 18th September.