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Galway County Council and the Library Service have created a special website and blog for the Decade of Commemoration. They will be officially launched in Tuam Library on Thursday, January 28 at 2pm by the Cathaoirleach of Co Galway Cllr Peter Roche. All are most welcome to come to this special event.


The Decade of Commemoration website is a community-driven initiative, which will allow members of the public to upload their own reflections, memories, photos, and memorabilia to the website, so as to provide a permanent record of the period for posterity. Material of interest can include anything of relevance to the period 1913–23.

The accompanying new blog Galway Rising—What the Papers Said is dedicated to recounting the social, cultural and political life of the inhabitants of Galway City and county during the course of the year 1916. Through extensive research of local Galway newspapers from the early 1900s, this blog will gather and publish articles as they would have appeared in the papers a hundred years ago.

It will give a wide insight into the lives of the people of Galway at the time, their day-to-day experiences, challenges and aspirations, as well as reflect on the people’s feelings towards the various contemporary national political and social questions, and their reactions to the Easter Rising, in its immediate aftermath.

Along with the more serious side of life, match results and the price of hay, the blog will have its fair share of funny stories and even the odd local scandal! New entries for the blog will be published each week on the Decade of Commemoration website and will be published through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Decade of Commemoration website will remain for long afterward as a permanent resource that can be accessed by future generations and as a comprehensive insight into life in Galway in 1916.