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Mayor Launches Centenary Programme of Activities

08 March 2016

An extensive programme of events to mark the centenaries of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme was launched today by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Elisha McCallion.

The Centenary programme of activities is one of a number of Mayoral initiatives aimed at reaching out to local communities and actively engaging with them by encouraging them to tell their own stories on this significant era of our history.

Among the events planned are a series of exhibitions at the Tower Museum looking at the personal stories of those involved in these historic events and a Mayoral Family Free Activity Programme which will provide free access for local people from 30 March to 01 April, to Council leisure facilities including sports camps for children and free swimming facilities and free access to the Tower Museum.

The programme also includes an outdoor Pageant in Guildhall Square commemorating 1916 and a two-day remembrance and community festival in St. Columb’s Park to mark the Battle of the Somme. 

Details of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Grant Aid scheme, which provides over £90,000 of funding to 16 groups to support community activity and larger scale events, was also unveiled at the launch.

The Mayor says the Centenary celebrations are important not only to mark a series of important chapters in our local history but to engage with the whole community and get them involved in the celebrations.

She says:  “This year sees the anniversary of two of the most significant events in modern history, and it is only fitting that we mark the occasion here in the city and district with a number of events which appropriately reflect their impact on the island of Ireland.

“ It is our opportunity to recognise the diverse narratives of the decade from 1913–1923, and to engage with our communities through the Grant Aid scheme that allows them to tell their own stories and remember this influential era of our history.”

For more information on the Mayor’s Centenaries Programme visit www.derrystrabane.com/centenaries