Newry Museum to mark 1914 Christmas Truce

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Friday, December 5th, 2014
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At Christmas 1914, parties of British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and declared a spontaneous truce, singing Silent Night together across no man’s land. An event to mark this will be held at Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal’s Castle, Castle Street, Newry on Friday 12th December, beginning at 7:30 pm. The event entitled “World War One: Soldiers in the Trenches and the Christmas Truce of 1914”, will feature songs from the period. The singers will be Fiona Flynn and Aaron O’Hare, who will be accompanied by Gerry Doherty (pianist). Fiona is a soprano with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, while Aaron (a bass/baritone) is with the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and has worked with a number of leading companies in Ireland, including NI Opera. Interspersed between the songs the Museum’s First World War Project Officer will speak about the events leading to the war, the men leaving for the front, life in the trenches, life for those who remained at home, and the remarkable true account of Christmas 1914, through to the armistice in 1918. This will highlight aspects both of the local and wider impacts of the war. Refreshments will be provided during the event. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there is no charge to attend the event. Entry will be by ticket only. Tickets can be collected from Newry and Mourne Museum, which is open seven days a week (Monday-Saturday 10am-4:30 pm and Sunday 1:30pm-5pm). For further information telephone 028 3031 3182 / 3173 / 3178 or email museum@newryandmourne.gov.uk.

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