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Following on from the successful Battle of the Somme walking tours of in 2017 join historian Jason Burke for a new and fascinating Easter Rising & Somme Historical Walking Tour of East Belfast.

It is often said that we have a common history, however the East Belfast memorial landscape demonstrates that we do not have a common memory of that history. As a result, two 1916s are remembered today.

Come along and hear the story of the Rooney brothers from Short Strand, two Catholic lads who served in the majority Protestant 36th (Ulster) Division. The Ulster Division sustained heavy casualties across two days on 1st and 2nd July 1916, a feat that is routinely commemorated to this day. You will hear many tales of ordinary men from the surrounding area who were caught up in the extraordinary circumstances of the Battle of the Somme. You'll also hear about the poet Joseph Campbell, a participant in the Rising who was brought up in East Belfast and is commemorated in the Short Strand, unlike Private John Hanna who died in British unform on the fourth day of the Rising.

Comedian Tim McGarry said of the tour in 2017: "Jason Burke's Somme Tour of East Belfast is a hugely entertaining mix of political, social and personal history. The 2 hour walking tour is packed full of fascinating stories ranging from the role of CS Lewis to the often tragic tales of ordinary men from all parts of East Belfast who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances in July 1916. You get a superb and authoritative guide in Jason Burke and you also get a free cup of tea. If this was Tripadvisor I'd give it 5 out of 5."

Others have given 5* ratings/reviews on Facebook:

"Excellent tour. Jason possesses not simply a wealth of knowledge but a real passion for his subject which really keeps your interest. I would recommend the tour to anyone."

"loved the walking tour. Don't know how Jason remembers all the information that he gave us. very interesting. I would recommend this tour to anyone thinking about doing it."

"My wife and I joined Jason and a group of like-minded souls for this tour at the start of the month. East Side Visitor Centre staff were very friendly and provided coffee or tea whilst we waited for everyone to assemble upstairs. Jason gave a short talk and showed everyone on the large wall map where we would be going on the tour. Jason is very knowledgeable about the area and it's contribution to the war effort of WW1. A few surprises in his anecdotes along the way and the tour ended up in the Short Strand - an area I wouldn't have considered as being sympathetic to the British Crown. You learn something new every day. This is why I love learning by taking tours with guides like Jason. People do yourselves a favour and learn something you never would have imagined about our capital city and it's citizens all those years ago. Jason is a superb guide and I would not hesitate to recommend his tour to everyone."

"The EastSide Centre was the ideal starting point for the Somme Walking Tour, as following an introduction, within minutes our group were seeing the places and hearing about the men of East Belfast who heeded the call to serve in the Great War. Jason had a wealth of knowledge with lots of interesting stories which he shared with everyone as the itinerary took us through the Lower Newtownards Road, Short Strand and finished at Willlowfield.
A couple of hours interestingly and well spent - we would certainly recommend this tour."

"Whenever we hear or read of the First World War, we are often given an imperial overview or the impact of a national involvement, but what we have here is something intrinsically unique to locality, which for me and I hope for any future historian or archivist is history to be embraced, to understand and never let go off. Every name on any memorial was the son of or in some cases the daughter of a mother and father . A child, a brother or sister, a husband or wife. A real life lived before service to community or country. We can not have enough of this... This is what remembrance is about ... It is not about taking a stoic stand at our local War memorial on one day in November each year, but to breath on the life that was given us by those who went before, those who never made it back to community to embrace the freedom or love or family. It is to them that we are indebted to this day and a future unknown to us, but only to God be grateful and our loved ones that we must always Remember... I cannot commend Jason Burke enough in his endeavours..."

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