Entwined Histories 7 will examine the consequences of the two most significant episodes in Irish history: the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.  We will seek to explore how and why these events became the founding myths of the Irish states – North and South – why they were so significant politically at the time, and why their commemoration remains so significant today.  

The aim will be to look at both events critically and to question the nature of ‘blood sacrifice; and ‘militarism’.  Working with up to 90 young people from four schools, participants will represent a cross community, social and gender mix.  The interactive learning will include a series of facilitated educational workshops and activities to allow for information exchange and encourage the formation of cross-community relationships amongst participants using arts and drama based initiatives.  

Based on evaluation and learning from Entwined Histories 6 – The Home Front, the project will place a greater focus on exploring links between the 1912-1922 period and the present day. New content and exercises will be introduced to raise awareness of the on-going significance of the decade for the island of Ireland and to explore how these events are remembered and commemorated today.