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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.


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

You are invited to hear historians Tom Hartley & Philip Orr recount stories of life in Belfast during World War I. They'll give accounts of little known stories of what life was like for people living in the city.

Fascinating stories of the role of women, how Germans living in the city fared and stories from the cemeteries will be just some of the topics covered by these two well known local story tellers.

Louise Parker will give a dramatic reading from Trevor Parkhill’s recently edited volume of Nurse Emma Duffin letters.

Stephen Scarth will give a brief overview on First World War material held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

Light refreshments will be served from 6.30pm

This event is free of charge.

Please reserve a place by calling 028 9027 0663 or emailing

Decade of Centenaries

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