The Irish Mail on Sunday

Tyrone set to celebrate lives of the Volunteers


TYRONE’S success on the field has been well documented and now events away from the playing field are being chronicled.

A hundred years ago, Tyrone was awash with Volunteers, the Irish Volunteers on the nationalis­t side and the Ulster Volunteers on the unionist side.

And Tyrone GAA is running a special event at its Garvaghey GAA Centre on Thursday, June 5 which looks at the people involved on both sides and their fascinatin­g stories. Aptly entitled ‘The Tyrone Volunteers’, the free evening event, starting at 8.0 sharp, will examine, analyse and celebrate those Tyrone men and women.

‘One of the reasons we built Garvaghey in the form it’s in was to hold events like this,’ said Liam Nelis, who chaired the original Garvaghey Project Group. ‘Tyrone is our place and what happened here is important to all of us. This event is about developing our understand­ing of a critical time in the history of our county.’

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