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Civil rights leaders to come together half a century on for 'living history' course

Stranmillis University College in south Belfast

CIVIL rights leaders are to come together for a 'living history' course.

Stranmillis University College in Belfast will carry out in-depth interviews with key figures from a tumultuous era in Northern Ireland's political history.

With the help of first-hand testimony, the course will review and discuss events including the civil rights march in Derry on October 5 1968 and the collapse of the Stormont government in 1972.

Among those who have agreed to take part are Baroness Blood, Baroness Paisley, Austin Currie, Lord Kilclooney, Stratton Mills, Bernadette McAliskey, Bríd Rodgers, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, Danny Morrison and Billy Hutchinson.

Former British government minister Shirley Williams, Noel Dorr who ran the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and was closely involved in the Sunningdale negotiations, and Martin Mansergh, who was the main advisor on Northern Ireland for three taoisigh, will also take part.

The course starts on September 6 at 6.30pm and runs for 10 weeks. Further information is available from

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