Historian in Residence and Westmeath County Council
As part of the Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries programme, Ian Kenneally was appointed Historian in Residence in July 2020. The residency was supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media in partnership with Westmeath County Council. The Historian in Residence programme aimed to mark the centenaries of 1920 in the most appropriate fashion, given the restrictions that were in place due to Covid-19.
The Historian in Residence produced a series of blog posts, with contributions from other historians, that provided 35,000 words of content, most of it previously unpublished. All the articles discussed Westmeath during the War of Independence, particularly the events of 1920.
That blog and a series of short documentaries, which are hosted on the Westmeath County Council website, can be accessed here.
In November 2020, the Historian in Residence and the Westmeath Independent produced
a 16-page supplement devoted to the destruction of the paper's offices by the Crown forces
in November 1920. That supplement can be found on the Westmeath Independent's website.