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VE Day Anniversary Historical Talks Move Online

Historical talks to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day have moved from theatre spaces to online places.
Tomorrow (Friday 8 May) the Facebook pages of both the Buranvon Theatre in Cookstown and The Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House in Dungannon will feature historians presenting Mid Ulster-related talks about the end of the Second World War in Europe in 1945.
For the Burnavon audiences, local historian and author, John McCann, will focus on the American divisions who were stationed here, particularly in Cookstown and Mid Ulster, chronicling their presence from D-Day to the war’s end and the troops return to America.
Meanwhile the eminent historian and broadcaster, Dr Éamon Phoenix, will explore the impact of the war on Dungannon and the broader region, from politics and government to heavy industry and key roles in the Allied war effort, considering how such issues as the absence of Conscription, the Belfast ‘Blitz’, the dramatic ‘invasion’ of US troops, Evacuation, German prisoners-of-war and the South’s ‘benevolent neutrality’ formed the essential backdrop to VE Day 1945.
John McCann’s talk will take place via the Burnavon’s Facebook page at 1pm on Friday 8 May.
Dr Éamon Phoenix will present to audiences on the Hill of The O’Neill Facebook page at 2pm on Friday 8 May.

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