Fermanagh and Omagh District Council welcomes The Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement
28th April 2023
A unique opportunity is being offered for people to view a key piece of Northern Ireland’s history. Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Agreement, people locally have the chance to view the UK Government’s signed copy of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.
Usually held at The National Archives in London, the document is being made available to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with support from the Northern Ireland Office, through the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). To view this historic document representing a remarkable moment in time, book your viewing time at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh or at Enniskillen Castle.
On Thursday 4 May, it will be on display at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Anyone wishing to view this original signed document at the Omagh venue can book their place by clicking here.
On Friday 5 May, the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement will travel to Enniskillen Castle and will be available for the public to visit it from 12.30pm until 4pm. Anyone interested in taking this unique opportunity to view the document at a Fermanagh venue can book their place by clicking here.
These viewings are part of a wider programme of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of this agreement. The exhibition, ‘Peace Heroines’, forms part of a new education programme about the pivotal role of women in the Northern Ireland peace process and the exhibition will be open to the public in Enniskillen Castle from 01 May – 25 June 2023.
Strule Arts Centre will also be screening ‘Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs’ on Thursday 4 May at 7.00pm. ‘Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs’ is the extraordinary story of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a cross- community party formed in 1996 by local working and middle-class women. The women united to win two seats at the historic peace talks which culminated in the Good Friday Agreement.
Speaking about the events, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Barry McElduff, said:
“The signing of the Good Friday Agreement was a momentous event in our recent political history. I am delighted that this document will be available for our people to see for themselves.
The Council is committed to promoting equality and good relations for everyone in the District and a shared future for all.
These initiatives contribute to the achievement of this by exploring our shared history.”
Photo credited to Press Eye / PRONI