The decade from 1913 to 1923 was a defining period in modern Irish history and has shaped the political landscape of today. These years saw a series of momentous events in Ireland, and beyond, which changed the course of Irish history and led to the foundation of the state. Among the main events of the decade are the First World War, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. The role played by the labour movement at this time is pivotal, as is the role of Irish women in helping to lead the way in the fight for universal suffrage. This period in the country’s history is one characterised by great heroism as well as great suffering.
The Centenary Mayo website was developed to commemorate the role of Mayo men and women during this tumultuous period. The website brings together information on the main events that occurred between 1913 and 1923. Newspaper articles from the decade provide information on the how the various events were reported, while also giving us an insight into life in the county generally at that time. The site provides the user with advice on how to carry out research relating to the period. We invite users to submit their own stories, documents, memorabilia or anything of interest. Included also is a diary of commemorative events that are happening throughout the county.