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Free Talk Series – ‘Reflections on 1969, Lived Experiences & Living History’

The programme ‘Reflections on 1969, Lived Experiences & Living History’ organised by the Fellowship of the Messines Association will create opportunities for individuals, from a range of backgrounds and political viewpoints, to engage in reflective discourse and discussions with each other on the events in question.

The aim is not to deliver yet another version of received wisdom but is rather the long overdue recognition and recording of a people’s history based on the testimonies of individuals for whom the events, and the historical timeframe they occurred in, were a lived experience.

The discussions are an opportunity for people to engage positively and constructively with each other in assisting the long overdue and necessary process of separating actual history from some of the myths that have proliferated in communities over the years. It is important that current and future generations should hear, and have access to, the testimonies and the reflections of former protagonists while these opportunities still exist. Access to such evidence can help enable younger generations to evaluate for themselves the factuality of events as opposed to some of the folklores that pass for history in our contemporary society.

All of the talks are free. No prior booking is necessary. 

Venue: I.C.T.U. Premises, 45 Donegall St. Belfast, 11.30am -3.00pm

Saturday September 21

‘Bringing Down the Barricades – How and Why’

Saturday October 12

‘The Battle of the Shankill’

Venue: Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 11.30am -3.00pm

Tuesday October 22

‘The First Peace Dividends’

Saturday November 2

‘Loyalism/Unionism under Threat?’

Saturday December 7

‘The Irish Diaspora in Britain & America: Benign or Malign Forces?’

Download the leaflet here: Fellowship of the Messines