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Donegal people off to Western Front 02.05.13

A group of Donegal people will visit the First World War Western Front this month to study Ireland’s involvement in that war and the lessons to be learned for building peace and conflict transformation here today.
The visit is being facilitated through Donegal County Council ‘Hands of History’ project assisted by Fort Dunree Military Museum and Inishowen friends of Messines.
The visit is funded by PEACE III and will be led by John McCarter and PJ Hallinan of Fort Dunree/Inishowen Friends of Messines. Those taking part had to apply outlining what their interest in the project was.
George McGuinness from Greencastle will visit his uncle John McGuinness’s grave for the first time. Brian O’Donnell from Letterkenny has a personal connection to World War I given that his grandfather Matthew Peoples from St Johnston fought in the Great War. Eimer Shea of Newtowncunningham has a deep interest in local history and how this has shaped how we think and our perceptions.
The group from Donegal who will travel to the WWI western front this month to study Irish people's involvement in the Great War.
Lulu Chesnutt of Kilcar also has strong personal reasons for participating in the programme given that her father fought in World War I and her uncle was killed in the Battle of Messines Ridge.
"Our focus is to look at the shared experience of the horror and futility of war, the shared suffering of ordinary people in the trenches and to seek to draw out the valuable lessons from that time and apply them to our own communities today," said Mr McCarter.
The Hands of History project team are keen to hear from anyone who would like to become involved in any future activities including the seminars, study visits and project conferences. For more information or to register an interest in any of the projects contact: co-ordinator Sarah Thompson on 9172586 or e-mail sthompson@donegalcoco.ie or Rachael McCrossan on 9172497 or e-mail rmccrossan@donegalcoco.ie .
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