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New Series of Commemorative Talks Commence Online

A new series of ‘Remembering the Future’ talks will commence this month as part of Mid Ulster District Council’s programme of commemorative events.
The programme, which will explore the decade of anniversaries, will consist of six online talks including a final summing up and reflective talk at the end.
The series kicks off on Thursday 10 September with ‘Don’t Talk about the War! Britain, the IRA and the Irish Conflict 1919-21’ delivered online by Dr Éamon Phoenix.
The second talk, ‘Dividing Ireland: the 1920 Act and the Establishment of Northern Ireland’ will take be delivered online on Thursday 17 September, also by Dr Éamon Phoenix.
‘Personalities, Propaganda and the Struggle for Irish National Independence 1919-22’ is the title of the third online talk by Dr Fancis Costello on Thursday 24 September. Followed by ‘Ireland in 1921: from War to Truce and Treaty Split’ by Dr Russell Rees on Thursday 1 October.
‘The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 and its Impact on Ireland and Mid-Ulster’ with Dr Patricia Marsh will be delivered online on Thursday 8 October, and the final ‘The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 and its Impact on Ireland and Mid-Ulster’ with Dr Éamon Phoenix will take place on online on Thursday 15 October.
Speaking about the series of talks, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan said:

2020 has been a year which will no doubt go down in the history books and will be the subject of much discussion and debate by many in the years to come, just like the Council’s Decade of Anniversaries programme has been over the last number of years. Therefore, I am delighted to support this year’s programme exploring the events of 1919 – 1923. Through the Decade of Anniversaries programme we want to encourage cross-community interaction and engagement, where the events of this important time in history can be explored openly and with a shared understanding of the period, and of the political geography of the world at this time.
We have adapted this year’s programme in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving the series of lectures online. Access to these lectures will not be available without the required link which is only obtainable when you register. So for that reason I would encourage anyone interested to book early for any lecture/lectures they want to participate in to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the online programme of talks, which are free to enjoy go to events, and to register for the historical talks, please contact Sean McElhatton via email or call 03000 132132 ext 22507.

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