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Final debate marks the end of the Series of Talks programme

31 March 2016

Mid Ulster District Council’s Remembering the Future Series of Talks marking the significance of 2016 in a decade of centenaries will draw to a close with a panel debate on Wednesday, 13 April.

The finale event, entitled ‘1916 A Challenging Debate’ will take place at the Burnavon, Cookstown at 7pm.

The debate brings to a close the Council’s ‘Series of Talks’ programme which considered aspects of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme and consisted of five talks exploring different themes being delivered across the district between the end of January and the end of March.

Dr Eamon Phoenix, who delivered the first talk ‘The North Began’: The 1916 Rising and Ulster, returns once more to facilitate the debate along with panel members Dr Fearghal McBloscaidh (who spoke at the fourth talk ‘Tom Clarke, Republicanism in Tyrone & 1916 Rising’), Rev Professor Laurence S Kirkpatrick and Friends of the Somme, Mid Ulster Branch (who delivered the third talk ‘Irish Catholic Chaplains in the British Armed Forces during the First World War & The Tyrone Volunteers and the Great War.)

Each of the five talks have been full to capacity with people of all ages and from all sections of the community attending and the final debate promises to follow on from the talks perfectly.

Two accompanying exhibitions will continue to be on display throughout 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 final debate event, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Linda Dillon said: “This debate bringing to a close the Council’s Remembering the Future Series of Talks promises to be an incredibly informative, educational and enjoyable event that will perfectly tie-up all that was explored during the five historical talks.

“The event illustrates the Council’s commitment once more to promoting a deeper understanding of our shared history and I hope people from all over the district come to take part in it.”

The Council’s Remembering the Future programme of commemorative events will continue until later in the year with musicals, plays and community events taking place.

For more information, or to register for the debate, which is free to attend, contact Hannah McCabe on 028 86764714 or email hannah.mccabe@midulstercouncil.org

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