Remembering the1641 Rebellion Talk
Portadown Heritage Tours and Carleton Street Heritage Centre will be hosting a talk ‘Remembering the 1641 Rebellion in Portadown’. The talk will be presented by Dr Naomi McAreavey of University College Dublin in Carleton Street Orange Hall and Heritage Centre.
Dr McAreavey explains “The mass drowning of Protestants during the 1641 Rebellion has cast a long shadow over Portadown, but little is known about what actually happened in the River Bann that fateful winter.
In the talk I will return to the earliest recorded memories of the massacre found among the 1641 depositions to explore how the Portadown drownings were represented by eyewitnesses as well as through rumour and hearsay; by survivors and by the bereaved; by refugees speaking within weeks and months of the event, to those recalling the event over a decade later.
Identifying different memories of the atrocity and considering how they were shaped by time and circumstance, I will discuss how a range of deponents diversely remembered the Portadown atrocity, and illuminate the tensions, inconsistencies and contradictions in their memories.
In doing so, I will raise questions about what it means to remember the 1641 rebellion in Portadown.
Portadown Heritage Tours are very pleased to welcome Dr McAreavey to Carleton Street Orange Hall & Heritage Centre and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to come along. There is no admission fee and the talk will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday 22ndAugust. Come along and discover the history of the early years of Portadown during the rebellion.
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