Upstairs at The Sunflower Bar, Union Street
27th March: 7.15pm – 9.00pm (doors 7.00pm)

NB. This event is now SOLD OUT.


A Centenary swaggers into a Belfast bar and calls for a toast. At the bar is an Historian, a Political Scientist, a Theologian and an Artist. Each of them are cautious about raising their glass to the Centenary. A debate ensues. What are they comfortable raising a toast to? What are they looking for when they remember the past?

At this event we will have chaired discussion on how do we learn from the decade of centenaries for the present and future from the perspectives of an Historian, a Political Scientist, a Theologian and an Artist. The panel line up is:

Chair: Deirdre MacBride – PhD Student, Queen’s University, Belfast.
Historian: Dr. Alan McCully – Ulster University
Political Scientist: Prof. Duncan Morrow – Ulster University
Theologian: Dr. Geraldine Smyth – Trinity College, Dublin.
Artist: Paul Hutchinson – Imagined Spaces

The ‘Decade of Centenaries’ has been the focus of much academic, public and community activity over the past eight years. To date, events have passed off peacefully and there has been substantial cross community engagement. In the period 2019-2022 we are facing into a number of challenging events such as the War of Independence, the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the setting up of two parliaments in Ireland. The event is not an historical lecture, but rather seeks to explore what is significant about the Decade from a range of diverse perspectives.

The event is being held as part of ‘Belfast and the World 1918-1921’ a project being delivered by Corrymeela on behalf of Belfast City Council as part of their PEACE IV Plan, which is funded by the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Corrymeela delivers the project as part of their Legacies of Conflict programme, which is also supported by the Community Relations Council and the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Age 18+.

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Wed. 27th March


The Sunflower Bar, 65 Union St., BT1 2JG


This event is free

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