Decade of Centenaries Arts Project Awards 2021

Clare County Council has commissioned three artists to commemorate the Decade of Centenaries with the support of Creative Ireland.

Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries Programme, the commissions aim to ensure that events are remembered at community level in a respectful, measured and non-partisan manner.

To this end Clare County Council has awarded 3 commissions to support artists to interpret local historical events by creating artistic work that provides a platform to encourage reflection and the consideration of issues, both past and present, which may be challenging, difficult and sometimes deeply personal.

Tim Collins – I Fought the War: Re-voicing Clare women in the Revolutionary Period 1919-1921

Tim Collins leaning on a stone wall holding a concertina

I Fought the War is a 10 minute audio track that imaginatively communicates to its audience, some of the multifarious roles and experiences of Clare women in the War of Independence (1919-1921). The track comprises of:

  • Six newly-written monologues. The context and content of these monologues is based on the testimonies of six Clare women who lived through the War of Independence: Nora Canavan (b 1908), Bridie and Mary Meaney, Tessie Hill (b 1920), Mai McNamara (b 1920), Babs Durack (b 1910). The source of these testimonies is Cuimhneamh An Chláir digital archive. The monologues will be narrated and recorded by six well-known female artists from within the arts community in County Clare.
  • A newly-composed sound track that evocatively and imaginatively accompanies the monologues. This music will be woven into the recording in a sensitive manner, receding and intensifying in keeping with the varying mood of the track. Written and arranged by Tim Collins the track will be recorded by accomplished and highly respected musicians, Sharon and Eimear Howley.

Marie Connole – Irrepressible Women of Clare

The ‘Irrepressible Women of Clare’ will present the lives of five very different women living in Co. Clare during the Civil War in a series of  5 large watercolour portraits of the women accompanied by a documentary film about the project and the women. Marie has selected the following women for the project.

  • Kathleen Griffin
  • Kathleen Talty
  • Georgina Frost
  • Beatrice O’Brien
  • Peg Barrett

Dermott Petty – 2 Days in September

Black and white picture of Dermott Petty and his black dog in the Burren on the limestone rocks

‘2 Days in September’ is a play is set in West Clare during the War of Independence. Directed by Joan O’Hanrahan, with music & soundscape by Barry Dillon, and produced by Ballycartoon Players, the play will create a tense filled tale that will bring to life the events and happenings of the 22nd and 23rd of September 1920 in West Clare.

The play begins with the ambush of an British Army convoy, at Rineen, by the local unit of the IRA,  followed by the revenge sacking and burning of the villages of Ennistymon, Lahinch and Miltown Malbay by the Black and Tans.

The play is the story of ordinary people living in extraordinary times, forced to take action (or not) thereby creating their own history, their own narrative.