Life in Derry around Easter Rising 1916

The aftermath of the 1916 Rising
The aftermath of the 1916 Rising

Derry’s historical links with the Easter Rising in 1916 will be discussed at a special event in the Tower Museum tomorrow night at 7.30pm.

‘Republicanism in Derry in 1916’ will be delivered by Ulster University researcher Adrian Grant.

Some of the people who dressed in period costume for the Sinn Fein 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Derry recently. DER1316GS021

Some of the people who dressed in period costume for the Sinn Fein 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Derry recently. DER1316GS021

Mr Grant will explore what life was like in the North West in 1916, before, during and after the Easter Rising.

Mayor of Derry & Strabane, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said: “I am delighted to see the next event in the programme focusing on the impact of the Easter Rising taking place at the Tower Museum. This talk perfectly complements the Untold Stories Exhibition and further explores some of the fascinating accounts by local people who played a role during this historic era.

“The fact that some of these stories are being aired for the first time is particularly captivating as it creates a local context for the events of 1916 which makes it so relevant to local people. It’s vital that we capture these memories and treasure them as an important archive for future generations.”

Education Officer with Council’s Museums Services, Margaret Edwards, said: “We are delighted to welcome Adrian Grant to the museum for this talk which reveals what life was like here in the North West in1916, setting the scene for the historic events which were to unfold. The exhibition has unearthed so many new insights into the time and reveals the active participation of local people who became involved in the dramatic events which changed the course of Irish history. Anyone who is interested in the Easter Rising should come along to find out more about the personal stories of those who fought and died on both sides of the conflict.”