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PHOTOS… Welsh pop singer Cerys Matthews hosts 1916 commemoration in Luton

MC for the day Cerys Matthews performed a wonderful version of The Foggy Dew. Photo - Malcolm McNally
MC for the day Cerys Matthews sang The Foggy Dew. Photo – Malcolm McNally

WELSH SINGER / songwriter Cerys Matthews was the host of an event to commemorate the Easter Rising at the weekend and kicked off proceedings with a wonderful version of The Foggy Dew. ‘Ireland 1916: Luton 2016 – The Poet’s Rebellion’ was organised by the Luton Irish Forum and took place at the Hat Factory in Luton on Saturday.

The event attracted a full house and featured guest speakers Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, who presented ‘Ireland 1916 – A tale of two Thomases’, illustrating the parallel lives of Thomas Kettle and Thomas MacDonagh who both met violent deaths during 1916, and Dr Ivan Gibbons who discussed the English and Irish perspectives of the days that shaped the history of Ireland with ‘1916 – What Did It All Mean?’.

The day also included an exhibition of artwork by visiting artist Declan Kerr and members of the local community, alongside a display of rare memorabilia.

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Visiting artist Declan Kerr with work from his Easter 1916 series. Photo - Malcolm McNally
Visiting artist Declan Kerr with work from his Easter 1916 series. Photo – Malcolm McNally

Performances included Katy Carr’s rendition of ‘She Moved Through The Fair’, the Luton Irish Forum Emerald Pipe Band and traditional Irish musicians John and Caz Devine and Eugene Teevan.

Also taking part in the day were the Next Generation Youth Theatre in collaboration with students from the Cardinal Newman school in Luton who presented ‘The Easter Rising’, and Kristine and Joe Wilkinson-Hughes who composed and performed a song specially written during the proceedings to conclude the day.

Click here to view more pictures from the day

Photos will also appear in The Irish Post’s print edition

 

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Malcolm McNally is a photographer with The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @malcolmmcnally

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