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The Sound and Fury of WWI Bagpipers Plus More At the Linen Hall in February

The Linen Hall is taking part in Gradam Ceoil (Irish Traditional Music Awards) this year with a lecture on 15 February about the courageous Highland bagpipers of the First World War. There’s also a visit on 14 February from Ethel McGladdery, a mill worker from the early 19th century who gives us an insight into her fascinating world.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:

Torn From Home: Remembering the Holocaust
Ongoing from January until 28 February/ exhibition/ free
Marking the 90th anniversary of WWII diarist Anne Frank’s birth, this exhibition reflects on how enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ may be part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution. Includes original textile artworks, memorabilia, photos and items from the ‘Conflict Textiles’ collection based at Ulster University.

Dr Maurna Crozier Memorial Lecture
Religion, Nationalism and Political Violence
With Professor Richard English
Tuesday 12 February at 6.00pm/ lecture/ free
Is it true that religious belief and practice, and nationalist commitment and solidarity, also offer some of the best ways of limiting and constraining our tendency towards political violence and conflict? The lecture is in memory of Dr Maurna Crozier who was a lifelong champion of improving cultural and community life in Northern Ireland.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 14 February at 1.00pm/ reading group/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club. This month the title for discussion is An Bhfuil Stacey ag Lompar?  by Tomás Mac Síomóin. 

Don’t tell my Ma, Tell me!
Thursday 14 February at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Meet mill worker Ethel McGladdery. She has jumped on a time machine from the early 1900s when Belfast was the linen capital of the world to tell the audience all about life in the mills.

Highland Bagpipers of the First World War
With Ian Burrows
Friday 15 February at 7.00pm/ lecture/ free
Over 500 pipers were killed and 600 were wounded in the first World War. This is their remarkable and courageous story. Part of the Gradam Ceoil 2019 (Irish Traditional Music Awards).

Hammond: Duais an Dorais – (Hammond: A Parting Gift)
Thursday 21 February at 1.00pm/ screening/ free
“He was a great Ulsterman and a great Irishman,” said Seamus Heaney about broadcaster, folk-singer and artist David Hammond. This landmark documentary by Doubleband Films examines the life and legacy of this multi-talented man.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 28 February at 1.10pm/ reading group/ free
Our popular reading group is open to the public and free to attend. This month’s title is From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan. 

Irish Language Classes:

Beginners classes run on Fridays from 4.15pm – 5.15pm until 12th April. These are funded by the ULTACH Trust and taught by Niall Mac Lochlainn.

Conversational classes run on Thursdays from 4.00pm – 5.00pm until 18th April. These are taught by Dr Stiofán Ó Direáin.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library please visit our website at www.linenhall.com

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