Belfast Telegraph

Key events of 1916 to be remembered in an exhibition

By Rebecca Black

Soldiers who fought for Britain will be remembered alongside those who fought for freedom from Britain after Belfast City Council agreed to commission a single 1916 exhibition.

The cost the 1916 exhibition, civic events and related activities has been estimated at £174,000.

In negotiations, described by DUP councillor Lee Reynolds as "painstaking", the council's diversity working group agreed that 1916 will be commemorated by the council with one exhibition and an event.

The year was seismic for both main traditions in Ireland. During the Easter Rising republicans attempted to overthrow British rule.

At the Battle of the Somme the valour of Irish soldiers was commended and many thousands lost their lives.

The same council group also agreed that the Celtic myths and legends window in the east end of City Hall and a stained glass window in tribute to the UDR will switch places.

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