1918 Centenary Exhibition opens in Dundalk Library next week

A 1918 Centenary Exhibition will open in the Louth County Library in Dundalk next week.

The exhibition, entitled ‘It is resolved that…’, will open on Tuesday April 16th and run through until Saturday April 27th.

The exhibition focuses on the critical period between the 1916 Rising and the General Election of December 1918 where the narrowest margin of victory for that election was seen in County Louth. It intertwines the Louth perspective in telling the narrative of events that occurred in this turbulent period of the country’s history which affected Ireland nationally. Some of the themes the exhibition touches on includes the rise of radical Irish nationalism, the enactment of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the Parliament (Qualification of Women Act) 1918, election campaigning and the 1918 General Election, the decline of the Irish Parliamentary Party and the ending of World War I.

The exhibition draws on numerous fascinating archives found in collections held in Louth County Archives, some never seen before, and includes images of these alongside additional material sourced from other institutions and the County Archives thanks them for their kind permission to reproduce these images. The exhibition also includes resolutions that were passed by the local authorities of the day illustrating their attitudes and policies to the continual political changes. The title of this exhibition “It is resolved that …” comes from the term used in the minute books when they pass these resolutions.

It was developed by the Louth County Archives Service under the Decade of Centenaries Programme.