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First World War horses in spotlight for exhibition at Belfast City Hall

By David Young

The role Irish horses played in the First World War will be highlighted in a new exhibition in Belfast.

The story of the Irish cavalry units in the conflict will be retold in the 'war horse' display at Belfast City Hall.

It is part of a wider exhibition of artefacts and memorabilia in the landmark building that will show how the war affected local soldiers on the battlefield - and impacted on those left behind on the home front.

The War Years Remembered collection will go on public view at the City Hall throughout next week.

Curator David McCallion said: "The war horse display, telling the story of Irish cavalry, is outstanding and the only one of its kind in Ireland.

"We have mounted mannequins in original uniforms of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards and the North Irish Horse."

Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon said: "This exhibition gives everyone a chance to experience what life was like during a period that dramatically shaped the course of history."

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