Free event: The Role of Republicans in NI Civil Rights. Dispelling the Myths. Tuesday the 16th of April, Belfast…

The  Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee are holding a free event next Tuesday the 16th of April in The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Antrim Road, Belfast. Speakers: Michael Donnelly – President Workers Party of Ireland Dympna McGlade – Deputy Chairperson Commemoration Committee Malachi O’Doherty – Commentator, Author and Journalist Marian Donnelly – Secretary and Founder Member South Derry Civil Rights Association Chairperson: Michael McCorry Followed by a Q&A and contributions from participants. Slugger O’Toole is the media …

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“Long and short terms causes of the civil rights movement 1921 North and South to August 1969”. Four evenings of public lectures and discussions, in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Dungannon and Larne.

It can take a lot to get you to leave the house on a cold winters night but a series of talks with Eamon Phoenix and guests should be very enticing to your average Slugger reader. All events are free and you even get a wee cup of tea or coffee, so book your tickets now. They are part of a four-part series with inputs from historians and discussion with members of the audience. 1921-1968 North and South the two Irelands Speakers: Dr …

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Northern Ireland’s 1968 at the epicentre of the French ‘Maydays’

As the 50th anniversary of Northern Ireland’s 1968 approaches, we can be hopeful that the accompanying commemorative interest will provide the necessary platform to enable a long-overdue and detailed reflection of what was an unquestionably seminal moment in our recent past. One particular area that requires a more comprehensive examination is how the events in Northern Ireland are to be understood within the broader (and rather exceptional) international context of the time. The term ‘1968’ has become a byword for …

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Free event: Civil Rights 50 years on – An Historical Perspective – Wed 18th April 18…

Join us for a panel discussion with historians Dr Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University, Professor Tom Hennessey, Professor of Modern British and Irish History, Canterbury, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan Chaired by Dr Eamon Phoenix. Date: Wednesday the 18th April 2018, 7pm. Location: Ulster Museum, Belfast. Tickets are free but register below so we can plan numbers: Brian O'NeillI help keep the good ship Slugger afloat by managing the business and techy stuff.

Get your free tickets for Reflections on 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights 1968-2018…

Join Nelson McCausland, Austin Currie, Erskine Holmes and other guests to be confirmed as they reflect on the anniversary of the NI Civil Rights Movement. The chair for the evening will be Allison Morris, from the Irish News. On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement this event to explore civil rights then and now, consider the significance of the Civil Rights movement for our society today and the continuing resonance of the issues which it addressed and the …

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Professor Paul Arthur on Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the NI Civil Rights Campaign…

Commemorations should carry their own health warning. Fintan O’Toole supplies one relevant to the current context. Writing in the Irish Times in January 2005 on the extremist tradition in Ireland he warned that ‘what matters is not what happened but how it is remembered. And that precisely is what the IRA is now fighting for. Its struggle is for the control of the memory of the Northern Ireland conflict’. I was reminded of this reading Declan Kearney’s piece of 29 …

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Memories of the October 5th 1968 Civil Rights March. The day The Troubles began…

  I’ve never spoke on a public platform before, but feel moved to break my silence and contribute to the 50th anniversary civil rights Program. I always remind my twin brother, Fionnbarra, that I am his senior, being born one hour before him at 134 Bogside, which was then known as a single street which ran from the Slaughter House to the junction of Lecky Road & Rossville Street. My mother Mary Ellen, born 1908. hailed from Ballee, Ballymagory near …

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Video: Poet Michael Longley Keynote at Launch of 50th Anniversary of the NI Civil Rights Committee

Last night Poet Michael Longley gave the keynote address at the launch of the 50th Anniversary of the NI Civil Rights Committee at the historic 1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary St, Belfast. The title of his talk was ‘Songs For Dead Children’, it is a variation of the talk he gave on receiving The PEN Pinter Prize in 2017. Slugger is the media partner for the Anniversary so we were happy to be there to record the occasion. Watch the videos of …

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Book your free tickets for the launch of the Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Programme with a keynote address from poet Michael Longley…

The broad-based 50th Anniversary of  Civil Rights Commemoration Committee, chaired by Professor Paul Arthur, wish to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights in a sober, inclusive and reflective way. We want to seek to learn from what happened, to consider the significance of the Civil Rights movement for our society today and the continuing resonance of the issues which it addressed and the ideals which underpinned it. You are invited to attend the following events. All events are free but …

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