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THE BATTLE OF MESSINES 7 JUNE 1917 BY Prof. Richard Grayson

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This lecture on the battle in which John Redmond's brother, Major Willie Redmond MP, lost his life takes place one hundred years to the day on which the battle took place. Messines is on a par with the Somme as regards its significance in Irish history and folklore. The story of the 16th Irish and 36th Ulster Divisions fighting "side by side" is, as Willie Redmond hoped it would be, a metaphor for the possibility of post-war reconciliation in Ireland. It also provides a powerful underpinning in 21st century Ireland to cross-community reconciliation around the First World War. However, the story is not as simple as it seems and Richard Grayson explains why.


RICHARD GRAYSON makes a welcome return to the Irish Cultural Centre following his lectures on the significance of the Battle of the Somme last year.
Professor Grayson is Professor of 20th Century History at Goldsmith's, University of London and is author of "Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War". He edited "At War with the 16th Irish Division: The Staniforth Letters 1914-1918" and co-edited "The Easter Rising: the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland". He works closely with community groups on remembrance, is associate member of the Northern Ireland WW1 Centenary Committee, contributed to BBC NI's "Ireland's Great War", co-edits www.irelandww1.org and chairs the Academic Advisory Group for the Digital Projects run by the Imperial War Museums.

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