Commemoration Programme

The 1922 Constitution Committee

The 1922 Constitution Committee: A Dramatic Re-enactment

A rehearsed reading was live streamed on Tuesday 25 October at 7.30pm

To mark the centenary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Irish Free State (Bunreacht Shaorstáit Éireann) by Act of Dáil Éireann on 25 October 1922, the National Archives and the Courts Service of Ireland presented a unique event: a dramatic re-enactment of the proceedings of the 1922 Constitution Committee, performed in the Constitution Suite of the Shelbourne Hotel where the committee met over a period of six weeks.

The Constitution Committee was appointed by the Provisional Government in January 1922 to draft the first Constitution of the Irish Free State and was chaired by Michael Collins. Records held in the National Archives comprise minutes, drafts, research and administrative material produced by the workings of the committee. This theatrical production, developed, produced and directed by Geoff Gould based on the records, tells the story of the committee. What were its objectives? Who were its members? It animates the discussion and debates between committee members and sheds light on the drafting process and final document.

Click here to watch a recording of the event and click here to download the event programme.


Image credit: National Library of Ireland