Community Grants Scheme
The Decade of Centenaries Community Grants Scheme operates on an annual basis and opens in February/March each year:

2023 Projects

Clashmore & Kinsalebeg Community Council

Lectures and Dramatic Performances exploring  experiences of local communities  and  contribution of  local Cumann na mBan  during the revolutionary period.

Dunhill Community Hall Curation of an exhibition detailing the  social history of the Copper coast over the period 1912-1923.
James Doherty The Calm after the Storm- Radio Documentary  with a  focus on the impact of the conflict on the wider populace and female civilian casualties.    Link here.
John Foley Images The Aftermath- short film  exploring  the impact  on the families of those who were involved in the War of Independence or the Civil War.
Waterford County Museum Exhibition on the burning of Big Houses in Waterford during the revolutionary period.

2022 Projects

Dungarvan Tidy Towns Cumann na mBan Mural *
Dunhill GAA Tom O’Brien Commemoration
Joseph O’Riordan Short Film on Ballykinlar Internments *
  * Projects did not proceed

2021 Projects

Ballyvoyle History Group Booklet on the Ballyvoyle Ambush  
Carbally Community Development Project Website and exhibition on the Pickardstown Ambush  
Cumann Staire agus Oidhreachta Ghaeltacht na nDéise Video Presentation “The History of Gun-Running Waterford 1913-1923”  
Déise Day Centre/Dungarvan Care of the Aged Commemorative booklet “Memoirs of the Decade” produced by members of the Centre working with Ballycurrane National School 3rd-6th classes  
Imagine Arts Festival Short film “Interview with a Rebel”  
Kilrossanty Remembers Booklet “The Revolutionary Pat Keating of Comeragh” 
Tramore Heritage Publication for schools on the Pickardstown Ambush
Waterford Congress of Trade Unions Public Talks: “Role of Labour in the Revolutionary Period”

Ireland 2016  – Community  Commemorations Funding

In 2016  funding was allocated to 40 projects across Waterford City and County under the Community Commemorations Fund. Funding of up to €1,000 per group was awarded  for community-based activities seeking to raise awareness of the history of the 1916 Rising  through  seminars, lectures, walking tours, publications, exhibitions, theatre events and permanent memorials.


Lismore Tidy Towns

 Limestone memorial and 3 flagpoles  in Lismore’s Town Park.

Ballyduff/Kilmeaden Tidy Towns

1916  Commemoration Garden in Ballyduff

Kilmacthomas  Tidy Towns  Committee

Easter Rising Commemoration in Kilmacthomas  involving recitals, speakers  and discussion on consequences of 1916 and nationality and national values

St. Brigid’s  Family and Community Centre


Behind The Lines– Exhibition focusing on Women in the Rising  as documented through diary entries, photographs and handicrafts and presented through visual art and storytelling involving the women of St. Brigids.

Ballysaggart Community Development

Lecture in Community Centre and opening of The Leaders Grove– planting of seven trees to commemorate 1916 signatories.

Stagemad Theatre Company

They Think Its All Over-   play by Noel Kelly staged in Central Arts  Venue, Waterford City focusing  on the view point of  a young Waterford man growing up  during and after Easter 1916  and how its legacy impacts on   his future.

Brideview Drama  Tallow

The 1916 Seven- Drama production involving dramatic re-enactment, music and poetry with specific focus on the seven signatories of the proclamation and the effect the Easter Rising had on their personal lives.

Voiceover Ladies Choir

1916 Commemorative Music – composition of  a song based on original 1916 writings and specially  commissioned music.  Voiceover Choir will be available as a resource to WCCC for relevant events- opening ceremonies and key events.

Touraneena Village Improvement Initiative

Memorial with a commemorative plaque within a community garden and flagpole.

Tallow Tostal Festival Committee

Memorial Garden at Tallow Alms House

Portlaw Tidy Towns

1916 Garden of Remembrance 

Portlaw 100  Centenary Committee

Súil Cumann na m Ban – installation of a Granite Plaque with inscription  to commemorate Cumann na mBan 

Portlaw 1916 Committee

Naming of Bridge at Fiddown with installation of Granite Plaque with inscription

Waterford Youth Arts

A New Proclamation –Commissioning of  play  with Martina Collendar based on new versions of the Proclamation that WYA members create.

Tallow  1916 Commemoration Committee

Restoration of  the  1966 Monument

Fadó Productions  Ltd

Walk To Freedom Walking Tour  involving Courthouse, Waterford Crystal , Greyfriars Church, John Condon Memorial, Spanish Civil War memorial, Bishop’s Palace Garden  in may and June 2016.

Waterford-St. Herblain Town Twinning Commitee

Culture Evening involving  lecture and music in Waterford and St. Herblain

Dungarvan Care of the Aged Ltd

Collection of stories and memories  of members of day care centre   with exhibition on  1916  involving local historian , photographer  and pupils of St. Mary’s National School.

Ardmore Tidy Towns

Public Display of  permanent 1916 Proclamation in stone

Fenor National School

Pathways to 1916– stories of the locality, songs,  reviewing newspapers and archives  researched by 5th and 6th class pupils

Tramore Heritage Group

Architectural /Historical Perspective of 1916 Pupils of 5 schools in the Tramore area  used model buildings to discuss 1916 facilitated  by historian  Maxine Keoghan  and architect  Jim Hennesy.

Comhlucht Forbatha na n Déise

Coimcheoil an Comóradh
Comórtas Liteartha
Leac Comóradh
Lá Fhéile Pádraig
Aifreann sa Sean Phobaill

Waterford Youth Arts

Reading our Past, Writing our Future– series of creative writing workshops with local schools and WYA exploring the literature and writing that shaped and was inspired by the 1916 Rising.

Waterford Women’s Centre

Remembering Waterford Women hosting of public event  to highlight  forgotten women in political change and unveiling of a blue Civic Trust plaque to Rosamund Jacob.

Kilmacthomas Primary School

1916 in Kilmacthomas fair with period costume, songs, old photographs, and story telling by local historians to be held in Rainbow Hall

Imagine Arts Festival

History and Heritage Weekend– talks and lectures  on the Rising and local connections to the event

Cappoquin Heritage Group

1916 Remembered– public event with songs and poetry recalling the time period and re-enactment of James Connolly’s trial.

Cappoquin Heritage Group

1916- Pages of time-Shop Window display of newspapers   from  the time, 1916 Census  and 1916 Proclamation for 12 days from Easter Monday

An Corsaiceach

Na Fir ón Rinn a throid san Éirí  Amach – short film for TG4 series Dúiche on the two men from Ring who took part in the 1916 Rising.

Kilmacthomas 1916 Garden Remembrance Committee

Remembrance Garden  with 7 trees   and flagpole, tricolour and limestone reproduction of the proclamation

1848 Tricolour Celebration

1848 Tricolour Celebration- Historical re-enactment of the Easter Rising using the backdrop of the Motor Tax Office as the GPO on March 5th

1848 Tricolour Celebration

Citizenship Ceremony- 200+ new citizens receive citizenship from the Minister of Justice

1848 Tricolour Celebration

Schools  Program- actor playing the part of Thomas Francis Meagher  visiting schools across Waterford county.

Waterford New Music Week

We hereby proclaim the Irish Republic Competition for music students to set the 1916 Proclamation to 5 minute composition )

Tramore Tidy Towns

1916 Remembrance Garden

 Waterford Council of Trade Unions

Workers  in 1916 and the Irish Revolutionary Period – book launch  on the 1916 Revolutionary period and the involvement of the labour  movement. Talks  by leading authors and academics on labour  and the War of Independence and the role of women in 1916  and 1923.

1916 Re-enactment Group

1916 Re-enactment Project – uniformed re-enactment of the reading of the proclamation

Waterford Central Arts

Rising- A Commemorative Exhibition- curated exhibition of contemporary art by artists from Waterford  City and County entitled Rising involving  up to 20 works by 10-20 artists

Waterford Central Arts

A Song for 2016 with Paul Butler – TY students  invited to write an original piece of music or poetry one  of the headings.

 Williamstown Community Childcare Centre

Cultural and Educational Evening-Community crèche celebrated diversity displaying their national culture  along with Irish Culture through dance, song and dress.

Ardkeen Village Residents Association

Community Garden


Waterford City & County Council Archives Office