Fort Dunree hosts free screening
of historic film
DONEGAL County Museum
has issued a public invitation to a special free
screening of the 1916 film ‘The Battle of the Somme’
at Fort Dunree Military Museum, Buncrana, this
The museum has organised the centenary event in
partnership with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Fort
The black & white film is the world's first
feature-length war documentary, inscribed onto the
UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. It is
accompanied by a music score composed by Laura
The Battle of the Somme began on July 1, 1916 and
was intended to achieve a decisive victory for the
British and French.
‘The Battle of the Somme’ will be
screened on September 3, 2016 at 2pm in Fort Dunree
The Somme quickly
became a bloody stalemate on battlegrounds that
"turned into a muddy quagmire after torrential rains
in October of that year", said a spokesperson.
It claimed over 80 Donegal men on the first day
alone and there were more than a million casualties
on both sides by the time it ended after 141 days on
November 18 ,1916.
"In the year of its release around 20 million people
saw the film, many hoping to see an image of family
‘The Battle of the Somme’ will be screened on
September 3, 2016 at 2pm in Fort Dunree Military
Admission is free and running time is 74 minutes.
Please note it is suitable for children aged 11 and
over who must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information please contact Fort Dunree on
074 9361817 or email
. More details in our Inishowen
Events Guide .