By Dan Walsh
Barry Lacey from Ballycarney, Enniscorthy, has been appointed by Wexford County Council as the first Historian-in-Residence with Wexford Library and Archive Service and is charged with the promotion and awareness of the Decade of Centenaries and the collections of Wexford County Library and Archive.
Mr Lacey aims to bring 1921 to life for people in Wexford using a variety of media and as part of his role, he would like people living in Wexford or with a Wexford connection to contact him regarding any memorabilia or documents they have belonging to their ancestors who played a part during the War of Independence or the Civil War.
Barry Lacey has a Higher Diploma in Archaeology and a Masters in Archaeological Excavation. He has a keen interest in the War of Independence in County Wexford and has already created a website dedicated to this research. Barry has worked on Decade of Centenary projects for Wexford County Council in the past, delivering a slideshow showcasing the various incidents that took place during the war of Independence in Wexford.
Welcoming the appointment, the Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy said she is delighted to welcome Barry Lacey as Historian-in-Residence with Wexford Library Service. “These years, one hundred years ago, mark a critical time in the creation of the state. Many people played a part in the struggle for independence here in County Wexford and it is only right that their contribution is documented and the records of the time collected in their entirety so that we get to fully understand the history of the struggle for independence,” she added.
Barry Lacey made a brief address at the centenary of the Truce in the War of Independence ceremony at Orchard Peace Park, Enniscorthy, on Sunday.