Maynard Hanna to speak at Old Newry Society lecture

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012
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On Tuesday 16th October the guest speaker at the Old Newry Society’s monthly lecture will be Maynard Hanna from the Ulster Scots Agency. The Subject for his talk will be ‘The Ulster Covenant,- A Mourne Perspective’. Maynard Hanna is a native of Kilkeel and has been employed with the Ulster Scots Agency for the past 6 years as a Development Projects Officer. He is well known within the Ulster Scots community sector and has delivered talks on many Ulster Scots related subjects both at home in Northern Ireland and also abroad, in places such as Knoxville Tennessee, Atlanta Georgia and Millwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also spoken at workshop seminars at Harvard and Columbia Universities in America. 100 years ago on the 28th September 1912, some 237,368 men signed the Ulster Covenant and 234,046 women signed the women’s declaration. The Covenant document was penned by leading Presbyterian and giant of Ulster Liberalism, Thomas Sinclair. The Ulster Covenant is now recognized as the document that led to the Birth and creation of present day Northern Ireland. At the time it was a unforgettable day in Belfast where thousands assembled to witness the signing of the document by Edward Carson, James Craig and other leading Unionist figures of the day. But what did the document mean for people in places such as Kilkeel, and how was it viewed by Mourne Folk at the time? Through his talk Mr. Hanna will attempt to enlighten those in attendance as to how the Covenant was viewed within the Unionist community of 1912 Mourne, and indeed just what relevance and meaning that it has for their present day descendants. The venue will be The Sean Holywood Arts Centre and the talk commences at 7.45pm.
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