Dr. Éamon Phoenix will deliver an evening exploration of the Easter Rising, looking at the context of the events in Dublin on Easter weekend in 1916.

With particular focus on Belfast, the evening will look at the significant Belfast connection with the Rising, the key personalities involved and the impact that the Rising had on the politics of Belfast in its aftermath. It will explore Black Friday; an event on the 23 June 1916 at St. Mary’s Hall, Belfast.

This event marked a split within Northern Nationalism on an offer of temporary partition for the remainder of WWI. The evening will also explore the content of recent papers which documents a Unionist narrative of the Rising. 

The talk will be followed by a dramatised reading of the Halfway House which looks at two women who met up in 1966, the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, hearing of the experiences of their fathers who were on different sides in 1916. 

Refreshments will be served in the Rotunda area of City Hall at 6.30pm.

This event is organised by Belfast City Council.

Event Details


Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall
Donegall Square South


Monday, April 11, 2016 -
18:30 to 21:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

This event is free, however registration is required. To book email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 90270 663