Belfast Telegraph

How Northern Ireland plans to mark wartime centenary

By Rebecca Black

Candle-lit vigils will be taking place across Northern Ireland at 11pm on Monday to mark 100 years since the UK entered the First World War.

They are part of a UK-wide Lights Out campaign organised by 14-18 Now, in which people are encouraged to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, leaving on a single light or candle for a huge shared moment of reflection.

However, Belfast and a number of towns across Northern Ireland will also be holding public Lights Out events.


A candle-lit vigil will be held in the car park in Oaktree Drive in the Steeple area from 10pm, during which there will be people in period dress serving tea and coffee.

Then, at 11pm, sky lanterns will be set of into the night sky.


A Remembrance service will be held at St Anne's Cathedral from 7pm. Later a candle-lit vigil will take place in the grounds of City Hall from 10-11pm. Lights at the City Hall will be switched off at 11pm. International artists Bob and Roberta Smith will take over the East Lawn of the City Hall grounds to create an illuminating installation of a statement from 'Letter to an Unknown Soldier'.

The installation will be on view from 6pm on Monday, August 4 and the public will be invited to light the candles within it at 10pm.


A parade will start from Wakehurst Street at 6.30pm, finishing at the Services Club on Trostan Avenue. The Memorial Park will open from 6pm-11.30pm and will host a Drumhead Service before a candle-lit vigil between 10.15pm and 11pm.

Mayor Audrey Wales will light the first candle which will be blown out at 11pm.


Candle-lit vigils will take place at Portadown Memorial from 10.30-11pm and at Lurgan Memorial from 10.15-11pm. A free Living with World War 1: Life in the Craigavon Borough 1912-1918 exhibition opens today at High Street Mall from 11-5pm.


At 10pm, the Knockagh Monument will be lit for an hour as part of the UK-wide Lights Out campaign.


A candle-lit vigil will be held in the town centre at 10.30pm followed by the tolling of church bells at 11pm.


The Royal British Legion will hold a candlelit vigil at 10.30pm when everyone will be invited to bring a candle for the Lights Out campaign.

A commemoration will also be held in Hillsborough at 7.30pm which will include music from Garvey Silver Band, the laying of a wreath at the memorial and a Lights Out event at an earlier time.

Thiepval Barracks, Holywood

Members of the Armed Forces and their families will gather at 10pm for a service during which the lights will go out one by one until only a candle will remain to light the stained glass window.

The final candle will then be extinguished at 11pm for a two-minute silence.

Similar services will also be held at Palace Barracks in Holywood and at Aldergrove where soldiers and aircrew will be joined by Air Force Cadets currently on their summer camp.

Will Sinn Fein chief Martin McGuinness attend the Great War service?  

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