Cards Commemorate WWI shared history
Published: Fri, 1 Jul 2016
Two Derry-Londonderry based groups have commemorated the centenary of the Somme by creating a pack of specially designed playing cards.
The packs contain unique images of numerous individuals, scenes, monuments and events associated with the First World War.
Templemore Great War History Society, in partnership with community publishing house Guildhall Press, is behind the innovative shared history project which is supported by the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Fund.
Free packs have been distributed in the interface area around the Fountain Estate and Bishop Street in Derry by Seamus Breslin, the Templemore Society Co-ordinator and historian Trevor Temple from the Fountain area.
The inspiration for these cards came from an exhibition entitled ‘Orange and Green’ which related the story of volunteers from across the city who served during World War I.
Over 1,000 people associated with the city died and thousands more were injured during the many battles that took place including the Somme, Ypres and Verdun.
Templemore Society Co-ordinator, Seamus Breslin, said:
“We are pleased to work with Fountain historian Trevor Temple on this initiative which was generously supported by the Housing Executive. We hope it will help promote peace and reconciliation, shed some light on a shared history frequently avoided, and hasten the day when all sides can join in inclusive commemoration of the sacrifices made by so many.”
Housing Executive Area Manager, Avril McAllister, said:
“The Templemore Great War History Society and Guildhall Press have developed these cards to contribute to the understanding of this momentous period in our collective history and the Housing Executive is delighted to support this initiative.”
Good Relations Officer, Eddie Breslin, from the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Team said:
“This innovative project depicts our shared history and reminds us of the sacrifices people from all areas of the city made during the First World War.”