Council’s new Decade of Anniversaries

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A new series of talks marking a decade of anniversaries will commence later this month as part of Mid Ulster District Council’s programme of commemorative events.

The programme, entitled ‘Remembering the Future’ consists of six talks being delivered across the district culminating in a final panel debate entitled ‘The Decade of Anniversaries Panel Discussion,’ on Wednesday, May 24.

The first talk entitled ‘The Irish Revolution from Partition to Civil War 1917-1922’ takes place on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm at the Burnavon, Cookstown. The talk will be delivered by Dr Éamon Phoenix.

The second talk, ‘Commemorating The Decade of Centenaries Challenges and Opportunities’ will take place on Tuesday, April 4 at 7.30pm at Ranfurly House, Dungannon. The lecture will be delivered by Fearghal McGarry.

The remaining four talks entitled: ‘Events in Tyrone 1917-1921’, ‘Divided Memories After the Somme’, ‘The World Upside Down, Revolutionary Ireland and Europe’, and ‘The Dreary Steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone - Partition and the Birth of Northern Ireland’, will take place during April and May.

Speaking about the series of talks, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, said: “This latest series of informative talks will enlighten and engage all communities. The talks will explore the historical element in a manner that allows for open debate and shared understanding of the period and the political geography of the world at this time.”

The programme is funded by The Executive Office under its District Council Good Relations Programme.

For more information on the talks taking place go to and to register for the historical talks and / or the final debate which are all free to attend, please contact Louise Devlin on 028 8676 4714 or email