The Somme Association have unveiled their new website including information on official commemorations taking place at the Somme next year.

Formed in 1990, the Somme Association co-ordinates research into Ireland's role in the First World War, ensuring their role and legacy continues to be honoured and remembered.

The Association are responsible for the Somme Museum and Heritage Centre located between Newtownards and Bangor and also plays an active role at the Ulster Memorial Tower and Thiepval Wood in France, the site of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. 

The new website includes details of events and activities being organised in France for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme next July. 

The Somme Association in conjunction with the UK and French Authorities, is responsible for coordinating the Northern Ireland Ceremonies in France in 2016 to mark the centenary of the involvement of Irish soldiers in the Battle of the Somme.

Two ceremonies will be organised including an event at the Ulster Memorial Tower on July 1 to mark the role of the 36th (Ulster) Division, followed by ceremony at Guillemont on September 3 commemorating the 16th (Irish) Division.

Anyone wishing to find out further information on the events or would like to apply for tickets can do so via the website. Applications for tickets can be made from now until January 21, 2016. Due to increased security all applicants must provide their name, address and passport number. 

Click here to visit the website and find out more.