Monday, 27th June 2016
National Library of Ireland to commemorate Battle of the Somme with series of events
The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has today (27.06.16) announced that it will host a series of free events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme throughout the month of July.
The programme will be headlined by ‘Words and Music from the War’, an evening of readings and music relating to World War I. The British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott, will participate in the readings, and will be joined by Kevin Boushel, Niall Ó Sioradáin and actor Cathy Belton to present a selection of poems and letters from the NLI’s collections. This event will take place at 8pm on Wednesday, 6th July. Admission is free but booking is required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further events include public tours, film screenings and a panel discussion with History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham:
Speaking about the series of events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Katherine McSharry, Head of Outreach at the NLI, said: “The Battle of the Somme was the largest battle of World War I on the Western Front, with more than one million men wounded or killed. Among the dead were over 3,500 Irish soldiers, with many more wounded.
“The National Library of Ireland’s exhibition ‘World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience’ shines a light on Irish involvement in this war that changed the world forever. To remember those impacted by the Battle of the Somme, we are hosting a series of events a century later. As part of the programme, we are very pleased to welcome British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott, to the headline event ‘Words and Music from the War’ on 6th July.”
For more information, visit www.nli.ie.
Contact: Louise Archbold / Sebastian Enke, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200480 / 087-2601145 / 087-3239496