Study Visit: Youth Visit to Somme Heritage Centre

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Youth Action NI are a regional, voluntary youth organisation and charity based in Belfast, Armagh, Enniskillen, South Tyrone, Newry and the North West who work with young people to tackle inequalities in their lives, contribute to communities and take action to contribute to a peaceful society, through community based project, workshops and events.

As part of the Decade of Commemorations Programme managed by Heather McLaughlin, members of Youth Action NI researched the events of the Decade of Commemorations supported by a group of Peer Researchers to understand their shared history.

A number of young people participated in a study visit to the Somme Heritage Centre. The centre examines Ireland’s role in the 1st World War with special reference to the cross-community involvement in the 3 local volunteer Divisions: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions and the 36th (Ulster) Division. Guided tours bring the visitor back in time to 1910 where they learn about the Home Rule Crisis, recruiting and training of men and life in the trenches. Reconstructed trenches of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

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