The Lily and the Poppy: Reconciliation and the Centenary Commemorations


This event took place at Museum of Liverpool. We understand that some early schedules billed this as Central Library. We are incredibly sorry for any change in information and offer our sincere apologies for anyone who made the trip and was unable to attend. We are truly sorry.

A lecture by historian Philip Orr and former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Tom Hartley on the nature of reconciliation and the work being done to unify the two communities in Northern Ireland.

The speakers will discuss the importance of the 1916 Easter Rising to Nationalist and Republican traditions and of the Battle of the Somme to Unionist communities.

Philip Orr is an author, teacher and community worker, based in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He has written extensively on the Irish experience of the Great War and has been involved in the decade of Irish political centenaries, advocating discussion, personal encounter and theatre to navigate meaningful journeys through Ireland’s contested histories.

Tom Hartley is an historian, author, republican politician and former Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Belfast. Concerned with the conversation of histories, he works to highlight the importance of Belfast City Cemetery as a repository of political, social and economic history.

The talks will be followed by a question and answer session and a tour of the Museum’s poppy gallery and Liverpool 1916 display

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15 October 2016


Museum of Liverpool
Pier Head
L3 1DG

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