Wednesday 22nd - Friday 24th August in the Heritage Centre
“Faces from the Past” – Merchant Seamen from the Cooley Peninsula in the early 20th century.
While researching his grandfather's sea service during the First World War, David Snook discovered the unique and valuable archive of CR10 index cards in the Southampton Civic Archives.
From July to September of 2010 Dundalk Museum held a much larger exhibit (including the Seamen below) you can view a video of the exhibit Here Download the accompanying booklet for the exhibit Here
This exhibit will prove to be a valuable resource for many families interested in their Family Tree and the lives of their relatives of yesteryear on the Cooley Peninsula!
The extremely valuable aspect of these records is the photo of the person attached. These wartime cards matched RS2 Identity books with the same photo attached and issued to the seamen to be used as a type of seafarer's passport. These records of serving merchant seamen for the years 1918 to 1921, not only listed British, but nearly every Irish seafarer at sea in those terrible years.
David has generously decided to group them into areas and put them on display around our coast. He has selected nearly 70 from the 23,000 records of Irish seamen for the Cooley Peninsula area exhibition.
Download the full list of names Here - (The addresses of the Seamen are also listed as well as Next of Kin for some).
Surnames of Seamen included in the exhibit are Eccleston, Hanlon, Henry, Keenan, Larkin, McAlister, McKevitt, O'Hanlon, O'Hare, Rice, Alcorn, Fearon, Anderson, Bannon, Boyle, Brennan, Cole, Conlon, Costello, Cowan, Crawley, Donnelly, Doran, Gallagher, Grant, Halligan, Hardy, Johnson, Kennedy, Lee, Lemner, Magee, Maginness, Major, Mateer,McCourt, McDermott, McGarrity, McGrane, McKenna, McShane, Mullen, Murphy, O'Rourke, Small, Suter, Terron, Toal, Vennard, White and Quinn.
For more information on the archive please visit the Irish Mariners website Here
Saturday 25th August 9.30am - 18.00pm
The Fifth McCluskey Civil Rights Summer School
Theme: "The Right to Remember - commemoration, understanding and reconciliation or celebration and recrimination?"
The annual McCluskey Civil Rights Summer School this year will examine the problem of how to secure civil rights and justice for victims - victims of violent organisations, of state institutions and of the Church and religious organisations.
The McCluskey Civil Rights Summer School is held each year to honour the work, vision and courage of Dr. Con McCluskey and his wife, the late Councillor Mrs Patricia McCluskey of Dungannon, the husband and wife team who -- in the early Sixties-- founded the Homeless Citizens’ League and later the Campaign for Social Justice, the forerunners of the Civil Rights Movement.
The keynote address will be given by Denis Bradley.
DISTINGUISHED HISTORIANS, POLITICIANS, JOURNALISTS AND COMMENTATORS TO ADDRESS THE McCLUSKEY CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMER SCHOOL IN CARLINGFORD
Over the next decade we will see the centennial of a series of key events which shaped the subsequent history of this island - the signing of the Ulster Covenant, the Easter Rising, the outbreak of the War of Independence, the foundation of Northern Ireland, the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the foundation of the Irish Free State. These anniversaries have the potential to further increase divisions and antagonisms between the peoples of this island. On the other hand they can be used as opportunities to improve and expand our understanding of these events in their full context, so as to generate reconciliation rather than continued recrimination.
The morning session will be devoted to the question:
Can we achieve an agreed approach to the search for the truth of our past?
The discussion will be led by:
(1) Professor Arthur Aughey, Professor of Politics in the University of Ulster, author of "Northern Ireland Politics: Beyond the Belfast Agreement;
(2) Dr Eamon Phoenix, Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College, author of "A History of Northern Nationalism"; and
(3) Professor Brian Walker, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Queen's University, Belfast, author of "Dancing to History’s Tune: History, Myth and Politics in Ireland."
The first session in the afternoon will be devoted to the question:
How do we bend remembrance into reconciliation rather than recrimination?
The discussion will be led by (among others):
(1) Denis Bradley, former Catholic priest in Derry City, freelance journalist, former Vice-Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board and co-chair (along with Archbishop Dr Robin Eames) of the "Consultative Group on the Past" established by the Northern Ireland Administration, and
(2) Susan McKay, award-winning journalist, formerly Northern Editor of the Sunday Tribune; author “ Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People" and "Bear in Mind These Dead". Resigned earlier this year, as CEO of the National Women's Council of Ireland, in protest over government funding cuts.
The third session will consider the question:
Can we achieve a North/South consensus on how to commemorate our past?
The discussion will be led by (among others):
(1) Alistair McDonnell MP MLA, the leader of the SDLP;
(2) Caitriona Ruane MLA, former NI Minister of Education (representing Gerry Adams TD, Leader of Sinn Fein.)
The Summer School will, therefore, explore all possible ways and means of achieving consensus within Northern Ireland, and between North and South, on an agreed approach to remembrance, so that the right to remember does not lead to further misunderstanding and antagonisms.
For further info contact Denis Haughey - Email: