Centenary 2022

“The formal transfer of power, in the handover of Dublin Castle on January 16th 1922, is singularly one of the most potent moments in the history of our State.  For centuries, the Castle had symbolised British rule in Ireland and the demonstrable handing over of the Castle was a most powerful occasion for citizens and the Provisional Government of Ireland alike.  Still charged with the ghosts of history, today Dublin Castle continues to play a pivotal role in political, civic and social developments for our Nation while also offering a unique place of welcome for citizens and visitors to engage with Ireland’s rich and complex history.”

Minister Patrick O’Donovan

Read full 2022 Centenary Press Release

“The Steward of Christendom”

For 72 HRS only!

From 12pm, Friday 25 February to 12pm, Monday, 28 February

If you missed the opportunity to see “The Steward of Christendom” live at Dublin Castle in January, here is your chance to listen back to a special audio recording of the play, recorded on the 28 & 29 January. 


The Office of Public Works, in partnership with the Gate Theatre and RTÉ, presents a public rehearsed recording of Sebastian Barry’s seminal play The Steward of Christendom. The recording is available to listen free worldwide from 12.00 on Friday, February 25th until 12.00 on Monday, February 28th.

Presented to coincide with Dublin Castle’s Centenary 2022 commemorations, the readings were directed by Louise Lowe and were recorded in St Patrick’s Hall in Dublin Castle on January 28 and 29, featuring Owen Roe as Thomas Dunne.

Set in a county home in Baltinglass in 1932, the play centres on Dunne, reliving moments of his career as a senior officer in the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), including the handover of Dublin Castle to Michael Collins in 1922 following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

This profoundly moving play also features reimagined memories of his family: his daughters, Annie, Maud, and Dolly, and his son, Willie, killed in World War I. These reveries are interspersed by interactions between Dunne and Mrs. O’Dea and Smith, two attendants from the home.

Please note that this recording contains language that some may find offensive.


The Steward of Christendom Company

Written by                                      Sebastian Barry

Directed by                                    Louise Lowe

Stage Manager                             Leanna Cuttle

Music and Sound Design by         Carl Kennedy



Thomas Dunne                              Owen Roe

Smith                                             Cillian Ó Gairbhí

Mrs O’Dea                                     Niamh McCann

Young Recruit                                Lewis Brophy

Willie                                              Aidan Moriarty

Annie                                             Ella Lily Hyland

Maud                                              Eavan Gaffney

Dolly                                               Agnes O’Casey

Matt                                                Darragh Shannon

Soprano                                         Tom Egan

The Handover of Dublin Castle: A Centenary Conference

14th & 15th January 2022

At the Printworks, Dublin Castle, & Live-streamed

Free but booking required

Attendees at the Castle are asked to adhere to current public health guidelines.  Proof of vaccination (an EU digital certificate or similar) and Photo ID will be required to enter the Castle and masks must be worn.

On 16 January 1922 the Provisional Government took possession of Dublin Castle. The events of that day were overtaken and perhaps overshadowed by the civil war that soon followed, but this two-day conference, hosted by Trinity College Dublin at Dublin Castle, will retrieve the historical significance of that day.  The conference, which is part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme, will explore the immediate reactions, the expected consequences, and the implications of this dramatic shift in the centre of power.  Speakers will consider the context of the handover, and the response in Ireland, Britain and beyond, to this moment when, as the Irish Times reported, ‘the old regime ceased to exist’.

Contributors will include: Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, T.D., Minister Catherine Martin, T.D., Robin Adams, Laura Cahillane, Catriona Crowe, Ian d’Alton, William Derham, Anne Dolan, Diarmaid Ferriter, Niamh Gallagher, Brian Hanley, Alvin Jackson, Margaret Kelleher, Bill Kissane, David McCullagh, Martin Maguire, Ciara Meehan, Conor Mulvagh, William Murphy, Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid, Margaret O’Callaghan, Eunan O’Halpin, Elspeth Payne.

Click here for full programme.




16 January 1922: Remembering the Handover of Dublin Castle to Michael Collins

by William Derham, Research & Collections

One hundred years ago, on 16 January 1922, an event that The Irish Independent described as ‘certainly the most significant event in Irish history for hundreds of years’, took place on a cold Monday at Dublin Castle. At 1.45 pm that afternoon the machinery of government, and the Castle itself, were formally handed over by the last Lord Lieutenant, or Viceroy, of Ireland to the new Provisional Government. Often represented as a colourful ceremony, what follows is a description of what actually happened that day, drawn primarily from accounts that appeared in the newspapers of the time.

From an early hour that day, crowds had begun to gather at the Castle’s gate on Palace Street in anticipation of the events due to unfold, and ‘by noon thousands had assembled … stretching in each direction along Dame Street’. The handover itself had been mooted to take place at 12 pm, but owing to the late arrival of Michael Collins, who had been away from Dublin, events were delayed. When he arrived in the city, the Provisional Government, based in the Mansion House, elected him their ‘Chairman’ and at 1.20 pm telephoned to officials at Dublin Castle to say they were on their way.

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The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British Withdrawal from Ireland, 1922 by John Gibney & Kate O’ Malley

16 January 1922: the British are beginning their final departure from what will become the Irish Free State. An Irish government led by Michael Collins goes to Dublin Castle to take over. The ‘handover’ was a milestone on the path to Irish independence – often overshadowed by the Treaty split and the outbreak of the Civil War. Why did it matter? What did it mean? What actually happened at Dublin Castle on 16 January 1922? Explore this relatively unfamiliar but hugely important story from Ireland’s revolutionary era and find answers to these questions.

Published by the Royal Irish Academy.

Price: €20.00
Available at the State Apartments Ticket Desk, Dublin Castle or online from the Royal Irish Academy


The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives

Exhibition dates: 7 December 2021 – 27 March 2022

Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle, Dubh Linn Gardens

Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (closed from 12.30pm – 1.30pm) daily. Admission free.

The National Archives preserves the memory of the state in the form of its records. It acquires and protects Ireland’s public records, thereby ensuring their availability as a resource for all. These records relate to the social, cultural, economic and political history of the island of Ireland from the middle ages through to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922 and into the modern era. Amongst its collections is perhaps the most famous document in Irish history: the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. It is appropriate that the National Archives should mark the centenary of the signing of the Treaty by presenting a major exhibition of records in its possession relating to the negotiation and signing of the Treaty. Using the Treaty itself as the centrepiece, this exhibition places significant documents from the collections of the National Archives on public display for the first time. This exhibition forms part of the National Archives Commemorations Programme 2021–2, marking the National Archives’ role as the official repository of the records of the state. It is presented in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, the National Library of Ireland and the Office of Public Works, with records on display from the collections of the Military Archives, Dublin, and University College Dublin Archives.

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In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland, 1839 to the Present

29 November 2021–13 February 2022

The Printworks, Dublin Castle

11am–5.45pm, Monday–Sunday, admission is free.

Please note the final day of the exhibition will be Sunday, 13 February

Curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland and the Office of Public Works, Dublin Castle, In Our Own Image presents the first comprehensive historical and critical survey of photography from across the island of Ireland. This landmark centenary exhibition charts how the medium has both reflected and shaped Irish cultural identity, from the work of the earliest photographic pioneers up to the emergence of a recognisably modern state. 

Throughout the period of intense change that characterised Ireland in the late 19th and into the mid-20th century, we see how photography served as a mirror for shifting experiences of what it meant to be Irish. More than that, it also defined the way we saw ourselves, creating an image of life on the island of Ireland that still forms part of our identity today. In Our Own Image reveals the depth of our shared photographic heritage, viewed through important works by key photographers held in leading archives, cultural institutions, museums, and private collections.