Linen Hall exhibition tells of family's Somme and Easter Rising links

A new exhibition has opened in Belfast featuring one family with close ties to both the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 7:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 7:41 pm
William French looks at The Corr Family - Witnessing History exhibition after it opened at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast city centre
William French looks at The Corr Family - Witnessing History exhibition after it opened at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast city centre

The Corr Family – Witnessing History, in the Linen Hall Library, tells the remarkable story of the Ormeau Road family in the period around 1916.

Using personal accounts and original sources and artefacts, the exhibition vividly describes how Elizabeth and Nell Corr joined Cumann na mBan – the republican women’s organisation – and travelled to Dublin to meet the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising on the morning of the rebellion.

Meanwhile, brothers George and Charles Corr joined the Australian and Canadian armies respectively.

George was fighting in France in 1916 where he was killed at the Battle of the Somme, three months after the Easter Rising.

The exhibition runs to April 30 at the library and will also be in the Ulster Museum from July 27 to August 23.