“Remembering 1916:Ethical Remembrance and the Battle of the Somme.

Event Information

Date: 14 Jan 2016
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Europe Direct Centre: Letterkenny Library
Location: Central Library Letterkenny

Event Description

One of the main concerns and driving motives behind the establishment of the European Union was Schumann’s desire to ‘make war unthinkable and materially impossible’.
1916 commemoration and the various commemorations around the decade of remembrance from 1912 to 1922 can cause tensions between people of different traditions. This series of workshops followed by a major conference on ‘Ethical Remembering’ brings together members of different traditions in Donegal to talk about their differences and strive for a better understanding of these differences. We hope that these events will encourage people to recognise and respect their neighbours’ different narratives and perhaps come to a better understanding and; tolerance of difference.
The 4 workshops are facilitated by Maureen Hetherington and Seamus Farrell who have worked on these issues with different traditions in Northern Ireland from their base in The Junction in Derry.
The workshops are preparation for the Conference in February.
Workshop 1 focused on how the 1916 commemorations should not be confined to the Easter Rising but should be seen in the context of other events of the time e.g. The Battle of the Somme.
Audience participation was excellent with members of different faiths sharing their concerns over possible aspects of planned commemorative events.
The purpose of these workshops is to foster shared commemoration and inclusive remembering.