chchOn Wednesday 1 June 2016 the Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group held an evening of presentations and discussion to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; the all-island aspects of the battle and its legacy will be explored.

The keynote speakers were Dr Gavin Hughes (Trinity College, Dublin), who will speak on ‘Irish Battalions and the long Battle of the Somme’, focusing on the military exploits of the Volunteer ‘Service’ battalions of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions; and Turtle Bunbury, who considered a wide range of individuals who either ventured onto the battlefield or flew above it both on the 1 July and through the latter stages of the battle.

The talks was followed by questions and answers with the speakers, followed by refreshments, and took place in the Music Room of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at 7.30pm.

From History Ireland: The Irish at the Somme.

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