2019 marks the 120th anniversary of the establishment of local government in Ireland. Following the passing of the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 the first elections for all County Councils took place on 6th April 1899 and the consequent first meetings were held on the 22nd April 1899. The 1899 elections also marked the first time that women had a vote for any level of government in Ireland.
To honour this important anniversary, the Archives Services, Heritage Office & Library Service are collaborating to bring together a diverse programme of events. This will include various talks and seminars focusing on the history of local government and Galway County Council, and their contribution to the development of local communities and society. An impressive line-up of speakers has been invited to participate, together with former staff & elected members. The latter will be invited to give their personal perspectives (fables and memories!) of working for a local authority.
- Launch of ‘Reminiscences’, oral history recordings of former staff.
- Display of the Dept of Housing, Planning and Local Government funded travelling exhibition Celebrating the History of Irish Local Government.
- A creative work, specially commissioned, focusing on Galway Co. Co.’s 1st meeting will launched.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.