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Public encouraged to join discussion on NI centenary

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Date: 19 Mar 2021


An online panel discussion is being held next week (Fri 26 March) to reflect on 100 years since the formation of Northern Ireland – and members of the public are being encouraged to get involved.

The event is part of Belfast City Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme. Funded by the Executive Office, Decade of Centenaries marks the anniversaries of key moments that have had a significant impact on the political and social fabric of Belfast over the last century.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Frank McCoubrey said: “The aim of the Decade of Centenaries programme is to promote greater understanding of our city’s shared, but complex history, in a way that can promote better understanding, and foster better relationships and reconciliation for the future.  

“This year marks an important milestone in our history, and this panel discussion will explore the past 100 years of Northern Ireland from a range of different perspectives. Those attending the online session will also be able to submit questions to the panel in real time, so it’s a great opportunity for people to find out more about the city and this period of history.”

Panellists for the session, which is taking place via Zoom on Friday 26 March at 12 noon, are:
•    Lord Paul Bew, Chair of the Northern Ireland Office Centenary Historical Advisory Panel
•    Prof. Mary E. Daly, University College Dublin and Royal Irish Academy
•    Prof. Thomas Hennessey, Professor of Modern British and Irish History, Canterbury Christchurch University
•    Dr. Marie Coleman, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen's University Belfast
•    Dr. Seán Byers, Researcher at Trademark Belfast and author of a number of pieces on trade unions, economic and political strategies

The session will be hosted by well-known local broadcaster Tara Mills, and a sign language interpreter will be signing the event.

You can find out more, and register for the event on our Decade of Centenaries page.

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