Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring
has confirmed that Mayo County Council has been allocated €10,000 to support its role in leading the development of commemorative activities in Mayo under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme.
This funding, which is being provided by the Government to every local authority, will help ensure that the events of 1919-23 are commemorated in a measured and non-partisan manner that is accepting of differing perspectives on our shared history and promotes respectful remembrance and reconciliation.
Minister Ring said: “It is vitally important that we commemorate the events of 1919 – 1923 in a respectful, inclusive, and balanced manner. Mayo County Council’s role will be critical in ensuring the appropriate commemoration of this hugely significant period in our history. This funding is designed to support them in developing commemorative activities.
“This is probably the most challenging and sensitive phase of the Decade of Centenaries and it is important that we remember the struggle for Independence and the Civil War including through highlighting local experiences in Mayo.
Minister Ring concluded: “For many of our young people, this will be the first time they engage with this fascinating era in our history. As such it is a wonderful opportunity to create an understanding of the differing perspectives around this challenging period in our shared history. Most importantly, it will enable respectful remembrance of all of those who suffered and who died.”