After some networking and delicious fresh scones and tea we heard from Paul Mullan, HLF, who provided an introduction to the day. He commented on the various types of community-related grassroots activities occurring all over Northern Ireland. He introduced Paula McFetridge from Kabosh who spoke to us about the emotive power of using drama to retell community stories about this period.
Maria McManus performed an extract from Elizabeth Corr, a piece created as part of the Short Strand community project. As an elderly lady, Elizabeth talks about the evetns of that fateful weekend of Easter 1916, her experiences on returning home and her hopes for Belfast.
The next short drama piece was based on a true story of Mrs Dowell, who lost seven sons at the Battle of the Somme. The short extract shows Mrs Dowell reflecting on the horrors of their experiences.
The Corr Family Exhibition was hosted in the Ulster Museum in the Belfast Room – did you get a chance to see it? It explored the various experiences of one family during the war including sons who fought in the British Army and daughters who were members of Cumann na mBan.