Battle of the Somme talk to take place at Tyrone GAA centre

Gareth McKeown
09 June, 2016 01:00

A cross-community talk outlining the legacy of the Battle of the Somme in Tyrone will be held at the county's GAA centre in Garvaghey next week.

The 'Tyrone Talks The Somme' event will centre on the legacy of the World War One battle 100 years on.

Martin Brennan, the vice chairman of Friends of the Somme Mid Ulster Branch will deliver the talk, which is the second by the group at the Tyrone GAA centre in the space of two years

In June 2014 an event was held in Garvaghey on 'The Tyrone Volunteers', which examined , analysed and celebrated Tyrone's Irish volunteers on the nationalist side and the Ulster Volunteers on the unionist side. from a century ago. Dr Fergal McCluskey from Dungannon spoke about the role of Irish volunteers while Dessie Gordon, secretary of the Friends of the Somme Mid Ulster Branch spoke about the Ulster Volunteers.

The previous event was a huge success and Mr Brennan hopes that next week's talk will provide answers to local questions and dispel myths about the nationalist involvement at the Battle of the Somme.

"Most of us have heard of 'The Somme' but what exactly happened there 100 years ago next month? Where did it happen? Why did it happen? Who was involved? How did it develop? Above all what was and what remains its impact on our county, Tyrone? Come along and hear 'The Friends of the Somme' (Mid-Ulster Branch) share the fascinating Somme story with us, " a spokesman for event said.

The event is supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and will start at 8pm. The free talk is open to anyone interested in the shared history of Tyrone and tea and coffee will be served.

09 June, 2016 01:00 News