Council seeks Centenarians to assist with project to mark centenary of Northern Ireland

22nd January 2021

As part of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s plans to mark the centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland in 1921, the Council is seeking assistance from centenarians, or those who will reach the age of 100 in 2021, and who live in the district, to work on a shared reminiscence project.

The aim of the project is to provide a lasting legacy of stories told by people who were born in Northern Ireland 100 years ago or who, having reached the age, currently reside in the district, by recording their life experiences.

The project is part of a wider series of events which the Council has developed to mark the centenary of the founding of Northern Ireland following the passing of the Government of Ireland Act in December 1920, including direct delivery and providing support to third party organisations. Events and activities will focus on aspects of life in Fermanagh and Omagh over the last 100 years.

Speaking about the project, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong said, “the decade between 1912 and 1922 featured many seminal moments in our shared history and it is right that we remember them based on historical accuracy, their impact and consequences, and through mutual understanding and respect in the context of an inclusive and accepting society.

The Centenarian Project is an excellent initiative as it provides us with an opportunity to commit to record, stories and recollections of what life was like 100 years ago in the Fermanagh and Omagh District, focussing on areas such as health, education, agriculture and sport. I would encourage centenarians and their families to take part in what is very much a living history project and share with us and for posterity, their experiences.”

To take part in the Centenarian Project, if you or a family member are turning 100 in 2021 or have already reached that milestone and reside in the Fermanagh Omagh District Council please contact age.friendly@fermanaghomagh.com for more information.