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Final two talks in Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme

26 February 2016

The final two in a series of talks marking the significance of 2016 in a decade of centenaries will take place in March as part of Mid Ulster District Council’s new programme of commemorative events.

The programme, titled ‘Remembering the Future’ considers aspects of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme and consists of five talks being delivered across the district between the end of January and the end of March.

The first three talks exploring the 1916 Rising and Ulster, Ulster and the Decade of Centenaries and Irish Catholic Chaplains in the British Armed Forces during the First World War, have already taken place and were extremely popular, with the last being filled to capacity.

The next talk, Tom Clarke, Republicanism in Tyrone and 1916 Rising, delivered by Dr Feargal Mac Bloscaidh, will take place on Wednesday, 2 March at 7.00pm at Ranfurly House Dungannon.

The final talk in the series, Women, the Vote and Revolution in Ireland, will take place on Thursday, 24 March at 7.00pm at the Bridewell Centre, Magherafelt and will be facilitated by Mr Shaun Harkin and Dr Margaret Ward.

The five talks will culminate in a final showcase event entitled 1916 A Challenging Debate on Wednesday, 13 April at 7.00pm at the Burnavon, Cookstown.

Two exhibitions will also be on display during March and April. ‘Their Story’ on loan from County Museum, Dundalk examines the involvement of the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) divisions in 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.

Speaking about the talks Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, said: “This series of talks has proven extremely popular and that comes as no surprise to me given the nature of the historical content they are addressing and exploring.

“These talks, and a diverse range of other events and activities emphasise the Council’s commitment to help promote a deeper understanding of our shared history.”

For more information and to register for either of the remaining historical talks and / or the final debate which are all free to attend, please contact Hannah McCabe on 028 86764714 or email Hannah.mccabe@midulstercouncil.org

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