The Co Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge and local churches in the county will unite this week at a unique event aimed at reflecting on the 1916 Easter Rising.
The community event will be addressed by author, historian and political commentator Dr Brian Feeney, who is also Head of History at St Mary’s College, Belfast. Also reflecting will be Senator Michael McDowell, the Republic’s former Irish Attorney General and Minister for Justice. He is also the grandson of Eoin McNeill. The event will be chaired by the noted political writer and commentator Alex Kane.
Making History Talk: Understanding 1916 is the latest in a series of public events aimed at reflecting on major events during this decade of historic commemorations. It has arisen out of dialogue that has taken place between County Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge, the Church of Ireland Diocese of Clogher, as well as Enniskillen Methodists and Presbyterians. Organisers hope that the talk will promote greater understanding and good relations in the community.
Speaking ahead of the event, Bishop John McDowell said: “History often strikes deep but different chords for each part of our community on this island. What events say to one part of our community will often say something very different to another. My hope is that this Making History Talk event will help us on the journey of understanding ourselves and our neighbours”.
Grand Master of County Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge Stuart Brooker said the event is “not about agreeing or disagreeing about our history”.
“This is about having respectful conversations and increasing understanding – that is the pathway to good neighbourliness. We warmly invite every member of our community to this public event. After listening to our distinguished speakers there will be an opportunity for questions from the floor”.
This public event will take place in The Lisgoole Suite of the Killyhevlin Hotel on Thursday night, 13th October at 7.30pm. Admission is free and all sections of the community are warmly invited to attend.
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