Exhibitions

1920 Local Elections Commemorative Booklet

This year marks the centenary of the local elections of 1920 which were pivotal in the history of local government in Ireland.

To mark these events, and because of their significance for the struggle for independence, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government recently commissioned a publication from the Local Government Archivists and Records Managers (LGARM) to commemorate the 1920 local elections.  Edited by archivists Niamh Brennan (Donegal) and Gráinne Doran (Wexford) with the title ‘Democracy and Change: the 1920 Local Elections in Ireland’ this publication is available to download free of charge, in Irish and in English.

The publication contains images of material held in Wexford County Council Archives.

Leabhrán Cuimhneacháin Thoghcháin Áitiúla 1920

Tá sé céad bliain ó bhí Toghcháin áitiúla na bliana 1920 ar siúl, toghcháin a bhí ríthábhachtach maidir le stair rialtais áitiúil na hÉireann.

Chun na himeachtaí sin a cheiliúradh, agus ó tharla chomh tábhachtach agus a bhí siad maidir leis an gcoimhlint chun neamhspleáchas a bhaint amach, tá Cartlannaithe agus Bainisteoirí Taifead an Rialtais Áitiúil coimisiúnaithe ag an Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála & Rialtais Áitiúil chun foilseachán a chur i dtoll a chéile chun toghcháin áitiúla na bliana 1920 a chomóradh.  Is féidir an foilseachán seo, dar teideal ‘Daonlathas agus Athrú Toghcháin Áitiúla 1920 in Éirinn’ a íoslódáil saor in aisce i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla. Is iad na cartlannaithe Niamh Brennan (Dún na nGall) agus Gráinne Doran (Loch Garman) a chur in eagair.

Dá mba mhaith leat tuilleadh a fháil amach faoin tréimhse seo i stair na hÉireann téigh chuig

Tá íomhánna d’ábhar a choinnítear i gCartlann Chomhairle Chontae Loch Garman sa bhfoilseachán

The 1920 local elections in County Wexford

As in most counties across Ireland, the local elections in County Wexford in 1920 took place during a period of disturbance and civil unrest which included raids on residences for arms and ammunition, destruction of a number of RIC barracks and attacks on civilians.

These elections were a significant means of furthering the cause for Irish independence. A number of candidates across County Wexford were still actively involved in the republican cause, with some incarcerated in British jails at the time of their election.

One political landmark in the elections in County Wexford that year was the election of two female candidates to Wexford Corporation – a first for the municipal authority. In total, seven women were elected to local government bodies in the county in 1920.

This exhibition takes a look in detail at the January and June elections in County Wexford that year.