County Derry youth visit 1913 ‘Lockout’ exhibition

Niamh Milne, right, with Jannine and Oisin at the exhibition.
Niamh Milne, right, with Jannine and Oisin at the exhibition.

COUNTY Derry Centenaries Group recently hosted a visit to the 1913 Lockout Exhibition at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin for young people involved in local youth and community projects and who are interested in promoting activities and events as part of the Decade of Centenaries (1912-1922).

Niamh Milne, from Bellaghy who is a psychology student at Queen’s University, travelled to Dublin as part of the 20 strong visitors group.

She could not help but be impressed by the exhibition’s focus on literature dealing with the period: “The exhibition is very interesting in terms of the world renowned literature that emanated from the 1913 Dublin Lockout. James Plunkett’s ‘Strumpet City’ and Yeats’ poem, ‘September 1913’ are featured in this very well curated exhibition.

“Other literature featured helped recall James Connolly’s claim that no revolutionary movement is complete without its poetical expression.

“The visit to the exhibition has most certainly helped in the process of team building for the young people from County Derry who are interested in contributing in a very positive way that ensures that the Decade of Centenaries is rolled out in a manner that is conducive to genuine peace building and national reconciliation.

“We would like to extend our thanks to historian and consultant, Sean Collins as well as Sarah Jane Goldring, PEACE III Cross-Border Officer at Magherafelt District Council for helping organise the visit in collaboration with County Derry Centenaries Group.