A series of historical talks will form part of the programme from Mid Ulster District Council to mark the significance of 2016 in a decade of centenaries (2012-2022).
In a wide-ranging programme considering aspects of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, 6 talks and 2 exhibitions are being staged between now and the end of April, helping to give meaning to the events that happened and to promote a deeper understanding of a shared history.
Topics include ‘Histories & Myths’ on the decade of centuries, the 1916 Rising and Ulster, Tyrone Volunteers in the First World War, Irish Catholic Chaplains who served in 1914-1918 and women’s suffrage.
An exhibition ‘Their Story’ on loan from County Museum, Dundalk examines the involvement of the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) divisions in the World War One, the motivations of those who enlisted, their training and experiences at the Battle of the Somme.
The role played by the Irish language movement in the broad Irish revival period from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century, with a focus on the 1916 Easter Rising, is also told in an exhibition developed by Conradh na Gaeilge
A panel debate, with speakers to include Dr Eamon Phoenix, Dr Feargal McBloscaidh, Rev Professor Laurence S Kirkpatrick and Friends of the Somme, also forms part of the events.
Launching the programme, Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of the Council, said:
“Each aspect of the programme is intended to allow us to explore the events of 1916, which were so hugely significant in shaping the sense of identities here, and will allow for open discussion with the aim of engaging communities and developing a shared understanding of the period and the political geography of the world at that time.
“I look forward to these events, as well as the wider programme which will be rolled out as the year progresses, both by the Council and by local community groups themselves.”
For more information and to register for one of the historical talks which are all free, contact the good relations team on 028 8676 4714 or click here.