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.

1913 September 1913 - Dublin Lockout

25,000 workers locked out for refusing to sign non‐union pledge directed against the ITGWU.

Formation of the Irish Volunteers.

1914 2 April 1914 - Cumann na mBan founded as women’s auxiliary to the Irish Volunteers.

3 August 1914 - World War 1 begins.
Century Ireland June
1916 24 April 1916 - Easter Rising

Kathleen Lynn - chief medical officer during 1916 Rising.

5 May 1916 Rising

Major John MacBride executed.
1917 Irish political prisoners in English jails

Mayo’s soldiers in WW1.
1918 Spanish Avian Flu Pandemic.

9 April 1918

Conscription introduced in Ireland.

15 June 1918

Martial law imposed throughout ...
1919 21 January 1919

Dail Eireann formed and Declaration of Independence.

The start of the War of Independence - Belmullet man one of first two RIC men shot.
1920 15 January 1920

Local government elections give Sinn Fein, other nationalists and Labour control of 172 out of 206 borough and urban district councils.
1921 1 April 1921

As awards to seven Irish counties in respect of burnings, lootings and shootings reach £4,300,000, rates are drastically increased; in Co. Waterford alone an average increase of 35 per cent is levied.
1922 7 January 1922

de Valera resigns presidency of Dail Eireann.

Evacuation of British troops and disbanding of R.I.C.

1923 1 February 1923

Burning of Moore Hall.

28 March 1923

Local Government (Temporary Provisions) Act abolishes work‐house system in the Free State, providing alternatives through local authorities.

People & Places

What happened where

News & Events

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Life in Mayo 1913 - 1923

A decade that changed both Ireland and County Mayo forever

Cumann na mBan

An organisation of women, founded in 1914 ‘to advance the cause of Irish liberty.’

World War One

County Mayo involvement in World War I

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