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Decade of Centenaries: Events to commemorate outbreak of WW1

Date: 19 Nov 2014 - 5 Mar 2015
Venue: Belfast City Hall

We're remembering a decade of key historical moments that shaped the history of Northern Ireland and Ireland a century ago.

The period from 1912 – 1922 witnessed some dramatic changes. Now, one hundred years on, we are taking time to explore some of the significant events in more detail.

This season we will look at the outbreak of World War I. At the time, Ireland faced a number of challenges following Britain’s entry into the war on the 4 August 1914.


Winifred Carney and George McBride - An Unlikely Union
Wednesday 19 November 2014, 7pm
The Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall

Winifred Carney was a Suffragest, a Socialist and soldier in Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizens Army. She married George McBride, who was a trade unionist from Crimea Street on the Shankill Road. George was a young man who joined the Ulster Volunteers and enlisted to fight in WWI.

This is a talk and theatre performance which explores their lives and marriage in this unlikely union from working class Belfast during the start of WWI.

Please reserve a place by calling 028 9027 0663 or emailing

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Exhibition: War Years Remembered - bringing history alive
19 January to 25 January 2015
East Entrance, Belfast City Hall

The War Years Remembered exhibition seeks to bring history alive for all generations, giving both young and old a greater understanding of life during World War I, both on the battlefield and the homefront.

It has a fantastic collection of artefacts and memorabilia which will be of interest to everyone.

This exhibition can be viewed during City Hall opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am to 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed

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An evening of talks, music, song and the poetry of World War I
Thursday 5 March 2015, 7pm
The Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall

Come along to experience some of the political and cultural  challenges that Belfast and the wider community encountered following Britain’s entry into World War I.

There will be a talk on the challenges faced by Unionism and Nationalism following the outbreak of WWI, interspersed by music, song and poetry from the era.

Former Lord Mayor, Tom Hartley and Philip Orr will speak on the challenges faced by Unionism and Nationalism following the outbreak of World War I and Britain’s subsequent entry into the battle.

With Home Rule for Ireland a distinct possibility and Unionisms opposition to Home Rule now well established, communities and individuals faced a series of choices regarding their attitudes towards the war.

Please reserve a place by calling 028 9027 0663 or emailing

Decade of Centenaries

All events are free

Talks and lectures