Beginning with the signing of the Ulster Covenant in 1912 and ending with civil war and the partition of the island in 1922, Ireland was engulfed in a period of tumultuous change and great social upheaval.

100 years later, as the events being remembered to take on a truly international dimension and interest in them has grown significantly, a Decade Of Centenaries is unfolding which allows us to look back, to remember and to commemorate.

The Creative Centenaries project, led by the Nerve Centre, brings together information and resources about the Decade of Centenaries and the work of Northern Ireland’s creative sector in commemorating these events.

From digital storytelling to educational resources to a sharing of knowledge and expertise; Creative Centenaries brings a fresh approach to the study and memory of one of Ireland’s most defining periods.


The Creative Centenaries project is underpinned by the Principles for Commemoration as set out by the Community Relations Council and Heritage Lottery Fund in their Decade of Anniversaries toolkit:

  1. Start from the historical facts;

  2. Recognise the implications and consequences of what happened;

  3. Understand that different perceptions and interpretations exist;

  4. Show how events and activities can deepen understanding of the period.