Historical Tour of Milltown Cemetery
Sunday 5 August-Tuesday 7 August-Tursday 9 August-Saturday 11 August
Meeting Point: Milltown Cemetery Gate
This tour will introduce you to the history of the Belfast nationalist and republican community going back 130 years. The tour offers an engaging reflection on the Belfast Catholic and nationalist community as it seeks to establish a foothold in a predominately Protestant and unionist city. Priests and nuns, republicans and members of the RIC, architects and footballers, bishops and poets, businessmen and paupers, hurlers and harp makers, and the first conflict-related death to be buried in Milltown, begin to map out the story of Belfast’s nationalist community. Others, whose legacy we still enjoy, including master bakers, musicians, sculptors, writers, educationalists, uilleann pipers, and footballers. We also meet the Italian community, whiskey makers, tram drivers, and a soldier of the French Foreign Legion, a reminder of the complex soldering tradition found in Milltown. This is a walking tour, so dress for the weather.
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