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Corr family split by WW1 and Rising star in exhibition

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/07/2016

Sackville Street (O'Connell St) shows the devastation of the Easter Rising in 1916
Sackville Street (O'Connell St) shows the devastation of the Easter Rising in 1916

The remarkable story of a Belfast family divided by the turbulent events of 1916 is showcased in a new exhibition.

It recounts the lives of the Corr siblings - Elizabeth, Nell, Henry, George and Charles - who were involved in either the First World War or Easter Rising.

Sisters Elizabeth and Nell joined the revolutionary organisation Cumann na mBan, and Henry was part of the Ulster mobilisation for the Easter Rising.

But brothers George and Charles Corr both fought in France in 1916.

The exhibition, which opened yesterday at the Ulster Museum, includes medals awarded to Elizabeth and Nell, accounts of Easter Week 1916 written by Elizabeth, photographs and a Tara brooch made from melted spoons by republican prisoners in Crumlin Road Gaol that was presented to Elizabeth in 1918.

National Museums Northern Ireland's history curator Dr Robert Whan said: "We are delighted to add this exhibition to our programme for this centenary year."

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