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Easter Rising Centenary is opportunity to help reconcile our past history – McShane

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The Centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 next year is an opportunity to help reconcile our past history on this island not deepen division according to Cara McShane

Her comments come after the North Antrim 1916 Committee launched their programme of events for the incoming year.

Miss McShane said:

“1916 was a pivotal moment in the history of this island North and South. The ideals of the Proclamation are as relevant in modern society as they were 100 years ago. Next year is an opportunity to engage in a dignified and generous manner which can contribute to a National conversation over the next decade.

“Even though North Antrim is a long way from Dublin some of the key actors of the time, including Eoin MacNeill, Roger Casement and Jack White from Broughshane, along with many other local figures were prominent in the push for Independence at the time.

“There are many stories to be told and discussions to be had. I am delighted that this Centenary Committee plan to organise a wide variety of events all over North Antrim. Whilst the programme of events will be added to the main event will be In Murlough Bay in August. There will also be lectures in Ballymena, exhibitions in a number of venues, songs and music nights in Bannside, as well as discussions on the impact of the Rising and its relevance to Republicans of this generation over the Easter period.

“The work of this group will compliment that of other community and cultural organisations already planning to mark this key part of Irish history”

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