1916 Historical Walking Tour: Stories From the Easter Rising and the Somme

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East Side Visitor Centre

402 Newtownards Road

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This 5-star rated historical tour will acquaint you with some of the personal stories associated with the Easter Rising and the Somme

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1916 was a pivotal year in Irish history. The key events that occurred in that year were central to the creation of two states on the island of Ireland. On Easter Monday 1916 separatist Irish republicans staged a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. Then, on 1 July 1916, an infantry attack at the battle of the Somme resulted in horrendous casualties for the predominantly unionist 36th (Ulster) Division during the First World War. These experiences quickly became sanctified in their respective political traditions and the events are still evident on the memorial landscape in East Belfast over 100 years later.

This unique (and 5-star rated) historical walking tour, led by historian and guide Jason Burke, will acquaint you with some of the personal stories associated with the Easter Rising and the battle of the Somme. You will hear of the Belfast IRB leader who liaised with Tom Clarke in advance of the Rising. The forgotten poet and Irish rebel Joseph Campbell who played a part in the Rising and, remarkably, the only men from the nationalist Short Strand who were 'out' in 1916 but were wearing the uniform of the Royal Irish Rifles...

You will also hear tales of heroism and tragedy from the Somme, such as the two catholic lads who found themselves in the 36th (Ulster) Division and Sergeant Samuel Kelly who wore his sash crossing no man's land. Many of those who returned struggled to integrate themselves back into society and this tour will show how the effects of the Somme were still felt as late as the 1970s.

This walking tour will depart at 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2020 from East Side Visitor Centre, Newtownards Road.

Tickets are priced at £10 pp and students can avail of a student rate of £7.50 (upon production of a student card on the date of the tour).

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