Conference on Shared Remembering at the Tara Centre

Published: 9th November 2015

Over 100 people from across the district attended the ‘Shared Remembering’ conference on Saturday 7 November in the Tara Centre, Omagh.  Organised by Omagh Churches’ Forum in association with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the conference focused on 1916 and the two defining moments in our shared history, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Speaking at the event, the Vice-Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Paul Robinson, said “both the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising are very significant events which were to have a great impact on the history of both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic over the course of the next century, up to the present day”.

Following an introduction from Co Chair of Omagh Churches’ Forum, Fr Daniel McFaul, participants at the conference listened to lectures from the key note speakers Dr Eamon Phoenix, history lecturer at Stranmillis College, and Dr Johnston McMaster, theologian at the Irish School of Ecumenics. The speakers then led group discussion on challenging questions with the participants, who considered the possibility of turning key events in the past such as these, into opportunities for learning, challenge and engagement for a better future.

The conference, which helped challenge myths and misunderstandings, finished with a closing reflection from Rev Jane Nelson, Co Chair of Omagh Churches’ Forum and music from Omagh Community Youth Choir.

This project has received financial support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme assisted by OFMDFM.

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