Four Courts 100

Four Courts 100

The Decade of Centenary Commemorations Committee will commemorate the historic events of 1922 over the coming months. To find out more about our programme of events please download our Centenary Programme..

To keep everyone informed of all our commemoration plans, and to share a day by day account of events during the occupation of the Four Courts in 1922 we have set up a dedicated Twitter page @FourCourts100

Four Courts 100 - Tours

Four Courts 100 - Tours

 A Photographic exhibition ‘The Four Courts - 1922, before and after’ will take place in the Round Hall of the Four Court from 24 June 2022 with a launch event including talks from Michael Fewer (author of Battle of the Four Courts and the curator of the exhibition), Ciaran O’Connor, the State architect and Catriona Crowe, former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland.

The exhibition will be available over the summer months to view with guided tours available on Saturday 25 June, 2 and 9 July 2022.

NOTE: We have had a great response to our programme and our tour schedule is currently fully booked. We will try expand our availability and will post updates on our Four Courts 100 Twitter page if we can add more tours.  You will be able to Book your tours here if more tours can be added.

Four Courts 100 Lecture Series

Four Courts 100 Lecture Series


The Four Courts 100 Lecture Series will begin on Thursday 28 April 2022, for more information on how to attend vist our Four Courts 100 Lecture Series page


Speaker Date Time  Location Topic
The Hon. Mr Justice Gerard Hogan 28/4/22 6.30.p.m. Supreme Court The Count Plunkett habeas corpus application and the end of the Dáil Supreme Court
The Hon. Mr Justice John Hedigan and panel 12/5/22 6.00p.m. Court Of Appeal National Archives - The Memory of a Nation
Liz Gillis and Las Fallon 19/5/22 6.30.p.m. Supreme Court Unheard Voices: Civilians/Firemen and the Battle for the Four Courts
Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter 26/5/22 6.30.p.m. Round Hall Despair and Defiance: The Four Courts Crisis 1922
Prof. Eunan O’Halpin and Ruth Cannon BL 2/6/22 6.30.p.m. Supreme Court An all-island war? Ireland 1922-24 / Women and the Occupation of the Four Courts
Michael Fewer, Catriona Crowe and Ciaran O’Connor 24/6/22 6.30.p.m. Round Hall Launch of the photographic exhibition
Bláthna Ruane SC 7/7/22 6.30.p.m. Supreme Court Experiences of the Judiciary during the occupation


Inside The Railings - 14 April 2022

Inside The Railings - 14 April 2022

The Decade of Centenary Commemorations Committee is collaborating with the National Archives of Ireland and ‘Beyond 2022’ (, the international project working to create a virtual reconstruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland, which was destroyed in the opening engagement of the Civil War on June 30th, 1922. 

On the centenary of the occupation of the Four Courts in April 1922, Inside the Railings will give a flavour of ordinary life in and around this busy part of the city.

The event will feature historical imagery, readings, and talks live from the Reading Room of the former Public Record Office, now the Court of Appeal. To register for this event on 14 April 2022 visit this link.

‘The Four Courts - 100 Years’ Art Competition

‘The Four Courts - 100 Years’ Art Competition

The Courts Service is organising an art competition as part of our 1922 Decade of Centenary commemorations this summer term. As you’re aware, we have been unable to run our usual schedule of school tours since the start of the pandemic and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being so patient as we await a resumption date for the Tours Programme to the Criminal Courts of Justice. We are really looking forward to having school tours back in our courtrooms and buildings and we are planning to resume school tours in autumn of this year.

The Courts Service is working as part of the wider government Decade of Centenary commemorations of the formative events that happened in 1922. Our commemorations are focusing on the story of the people and the buildings involved in the occupation and the destruction and reconstruction of the Four Court complex in 1922. We have planned an exhibit and lecture series over the summer months which will take place on the Four Courts complex and this will be open to members of the public and recordings will also be available online. There will be a launch of our Four Courts 100 App which will be made available for download at the beginning of June on all App stores. Using the Four Courts Decade of Centenary commemorations as inspiration, students are asked to create a piece of art choosing from two different categories:

  • 2D Drawing/painting
  • Digital Media – Video/Photography 

Students can use digital media and art to bring parts of history and/or law to life, or to focus on aspects of the day to day lives of people during that time.

We would ask that you spread the word in your school about this upcoming Art Competition, as we pursue new opportunities for educational outreach through the form of art to learn more about the legal system in Ireland.


‘The Four Courts - 100 Years’ Art Competition caters for two separate age categories within Secondary Education, across all corners of the island of Ireland.

Category 1: Students aged 11-14yrs

Category 2: Students aged 15-18yrs

This competition requires entrants to submit one of the following:

  • A drawing or a painting using pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt tip marker, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Posters are required to be A3 (420 x 297 mm) or A4 (210 x 297mm).
  • A digital media piece in the form of video or photography.

How to Apply:

All submissions to be sent into us through email to

  • 2D art entries - please send us a photo of your submission by e-mail
  • Digital Media entries – please send via email/WeTransfer/Link for School YouTube channel
  • Entry to include student name, age, name of school and contact details for your teacher
  • All 2D art winners will be required to send in the original upon request


Closing Date:

The competition opens today Friday, the 8th of April 2022 and the closing date is Friday the 27th of May 2022.


Winning Entries

  • A winner will be chosen from each age group and each category
  • Each winner will receive an Android Tablet   
  • Winners will also be invited to the Four Courts to receive their prize and have the opportunity to meet members of the judiciary
  • Winners will be announced at the beginning of the new school year (Sept 2022), and prizes will be presented at the beginning of the new Legal year, (Oct 2022)


We thank you for your time and we are looking forward to receiving all the wonderful pieces of art from your students.