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First Minister Arlene Foster launches Cavan Somme tribute

By Cate McCurry

Published 01/08/2016

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster is led by Jonathan Smith (5) from Arva, Co Cavan, through the WWI trench
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster is led by Jonathan Smith (5) from Arva, Co Cavan, through the WWI trench

First Minister Arlene Foster has launched a new exhibition on the Battle of the Somme at a Co Cavan museum.

The DUP leader was joined by the Irish Minister for Arts and Heritage, Heather Humphreys, as the pair officially opened the exhibition at Cavan County Museum.

Mrs Foster spent time examining a makeshift trench, built as part of the exhibit, which honours the men from the county who gave their lives during the battle in 1916.

More than 19,000 British soldiers were killed on the first day of the battle alone, with 28 men from Cavan killed during the four-month conflict.

Curator of Cavan County Museum, Savina Donohue, said: "It's part of our existing exhibitions on World War One, 1916 Rising and now the Battle of the Somme. They are all beside one another, all linked together, all telling the story of this very difficult period of our history."

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