Pictured launching the 1921 Centenary Webisodes series at Courthouse, Cavan are (front) Councillor Sarah O’Reilly, Cathaoirleach Cavan County Council, back, Jonathan Smyth, Cavan County Library Service; Eoin Doyle, Director of Service, Cavan County Council and Teresa Treacy, Cavan County Library Service. Photo: Adrian DonohoeINSET: Dr Brendan Scott, Cavan County Council Historian in Residence.

Online webisodes to commemorate 1921 Centenary

Cavan County Council’s Historian in Residence, Dr Brendan Scott will present a series of online ‘webisodes’ discussing historical incidents of note that occurred in Cavan 100 years ago as part of the ongoing Decade of Centenaries Commemorations.

Dr Scott’s research into the history of Cavan during the struggle for independence, the civil war, the foundation of the state and partition, will be delivered in eight short online lectures (15-20 minutes). Topics including the death of Tom Sheridan of Ballinagh in 1920, the Lappinduff Engagement in May 1921, the death of Dean John Finlay in Bawnboy in 1921, the Gaeltacht College in Glangevlin, and more. These will be released online on a regular basis from June onwards.

Podcasts, exhibitions, school visits, a a published collection of historical essays are among the initiatives planned as Dr Scott charts this tumultuous period in Irish history.

Topics covered will include Lord Farnham and partition, the Workhouses and their fate following the foundation of the Free State, Major General Oliver Nugent and partition, unionism in Cavan, and IRA activity in West Cavan, Cavan prisoners in Ballykinlar Prison Camp, and others.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Sarah O’Reilly, welcomed the programme of commemoration: “The Decade of Centenaries gives us a welcome opportunity to reflect on this seismic period of Irish history, and I am pleased that Cavan County Council has appointed a historian of the calibre of Dr Brendan Scott to help shape that discussion.”

Cavan County Librarian Emma Clancy added: “Dr Scott has compiled an excellent programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the events of 1921, and I would encourage everyone to engage with these webisodes, podcasts, exhibitions, and lectures, which give us all a better understanding of those events whose impact still reverberate through our society to this day.”

The first of Cavan County Council’s 1921 Centenary webisodes will premiere on Cavan County Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/cavancoco and online at www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 7pm.

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