The Legacy of the Home Rule Bills: 1886-1912

21st November 2012

Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium Invites You To:

The Legacy of the Home Rule Bills: 1886-1912
A Seminar with Presentations by Tom Hartley & Philip Orr

Time: Tuesday 20th November 2012 @ 19.00
Venue: Clifton House, North Queen Street

Home rule shaped Ireland of the 20th century, north and south. This seminar aims to deal with the legacy of the three home rule bills in 1886, 1893 and 1912 that preceded partition and that have arguably played a part in forming the political identities that still remain today. Contributions on the topic will be made by two historians, Tom Hartley and Philip Orr.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A and debate session.
Places are limited so please contact Seamus Corr no later than Monday 20th November, 12.00 noon, if you would like to attend: seamus.corr@bcrc.eu / 90202030.
Tea/coffee and refreshments will be provided.

* Tom Hartley was born in Harrogate Street in the Cavendish area of the Falls Road, Belfast. He has been active in politics for over 40 years during which time he was elected a councillor for Lower Falls on Belfast City Council. In June 2008 Tom was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast, a position he held until the end of May 2009. Tom combines his love of history with his interest in the environment by organising historical walks through the Belfast City and Milltown Cemeteries. He continues to highlight the importance of these burial sites as repositories of the political, social and economic history of Belfast. Tom is considered an authority of local history.

* Philip Orr lives in Carrickfergus and was born in Belfast. He is deeply interested in local and world history and in community education. He taught Theatre for many years and has recently co-written, directed and toured a play about the events of the year 1912. He has written a number of books, in particular two publications that deal with the impact of the Great War battles of the Somme and Gallipoli on our society. Later this month will see the publication of a short book he has written about the early years of Ballykinler camp, which hosted soldiers of the Ulster Division in 1914 then by 1920 had become an internment camp for Republicans.

This project is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. [www.seupb.eu]

BCRC is supported by four partner organisations: Falls Community Council (lead agency), Epic, Charter NI and Intercomm.