Autumn Lecture Series at Newry Museum

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012
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This year marks the start of a decade of centenaries and commemorations as one hundred years ago a series of events changed the course of Irish History. The impact of these events, such as the Irish Home Rule movement, World War One, The War of Independence and Partition on this district can be seen in the Museum’s permanent exhibition “The Border Town”, housed in Gallery Three. The Museum has devised a lecture programme which will complement the exhibition looking at these major events. On 1st November at 8pm Ronnie Hanna (QUB), will deliver his talk “Home Rule, the Great War and the ‘Two Ireland’ Solution, 1912 – 1921.” The constitutional crisis arising out of Lloyd George’s ‘People’s Budget’ and the subsequent general elections of 1910, Irish Nationalists again held the balance of power at Westminster, putting Home Rule on the agenda, but then came the Great War. This lecture surveys these tumultuous years in British and Irish history. Gordon Lucy will speak about “The Ulster Covenant” on 22nd November at 8pm. The talk seeks to examine the background and origins of the document; to use the text to explain why Ulster unionists opposed Home Rule in the years before the outbreak of the Great War; and to consider the events of Ulster Day and their significance. Each talk will cost £3 per head. There will be light refreshments. Seating is limited so booking is essential. If you require further information please contact Declan Carroll, on 028 3031 3178 or email
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