Northern Ireland Battle of Messines and First World War commemoration events June 2017

3 June 2017 | Pamela Linden

To mark the centenary of the Battles of Messines, a number of events are planned across Northern Ireland.

‘Assembly – Memorial Chairs’, by kind permission of PRONI


Event: National Museums Northern Ireland 1917 Lunchtime lectures

Location: All lectures take place in the Lecture Theatre in the Ulster Museum, Belfast

Lectures are free of charge but booking is recommended by contacting the Ulster Museum Reception at or (028)90440000.

Speakers include Professor Diarmuid Ferriter, Dr Tim Bowman and poet Michael Longley and covers topics such as the Battle of Messines, Rise of Sinn Fein, Thomas Ashe and the Mountjoy hunger strike, Russian Revolution, US Entry into war and poetry readings.

For more information see the flyer attached NMNI Botanic 1917 Lunchtime Lectures


Event: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Messines memorial events

Location: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast

For more information: see the flyers below or visit the PRONI website




Event: Lecture by Tom Hartley, ‘Reflections on Messines’

Location:  Irish Congress Trades Unions HQ,  Monday 12 June at 14:30

For more information: See the flyer below



Event: Dervock & District Community Association weekend of events, 9th & 10TH June 2017, commemorating the story of Private John Meeke and Major William Redmond.

Location: See flyer for various location

For more information: see the flyer attached Private J Meeke and Major Wm Redmond 9th 10th June


Event: Irish Studies International Lecture, 12 June 2017, Prof. Richard Kearney (Boston College), ‘Commemoration: Trauma and Recovery’

Location: Queen’s University Belfast, PFC 0G/007

For more information: see the flyer attached Institute of Irish Studies Prof Richard Kearney


Event: ‘WW1 Today: Sharing Community Research during the Centenary of WW1’. Free event for community groups and individuals interested in First World War heritage projects.

Location: The event will be held at the Ulster Museum on Monday 19 June 2017, 10am – 5pm.

For more information: see the flyer below attached WW1 Today AHRC event


Event: Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council in association with The Royal British Legion will be hosting a programme of events to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines Ridge and the Ginchy Cross from Tuesday 6th June to Sunday 11th June.

Location: Various across Armagh, see programme below

For more information: see the flyer below


Event: Lecture by Philip Orr, ‘1917, on the Battlefield & here at home’

Location: Irish Congress Trades Unions HQ, Monday 26 June at 14:30

For more information: see the flyer below


If you have an event you would like to share with the First World War Centenary Partnership please email