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28/09/2021

Eamonn McCann to pay tribute to female Civil Rights icons as part of the Tower Talks series in Derry next week

Eamonn McCann
Veteran civil rights activist Eamonn McCann is to share his memories of campaigning alongside trail blazing civil rights advocate Bridget Bond as part of the Tower Talks series next week. The talk will take place in the Tower Museum on Tuesday June 12 at 7pm, and is the latest event in the Speeches, Strikes and Struggles series focusing on the Civil Rights movement which changed the course of history here. As one of the leading figures in the movement, Eamonn McCann campaigned alongside Bridget Bond through their work together in Derry Housing Action Committee and the Derry Civil Rights Association in the late 60s. During the talk Eamonn will offer his unique perspective on the roles played by Bridget Bond and other prominent women during this time. Learning & Engagement Officer with the Tower Museum, Emma McGarrity said the talk would provide a fascinating insight into the roles of the local women who refused to live with oppression and prejudice. “The Speeches, Strikes & Struggles marks 50 years since the Civil Rights movement in Derry brought people out on to the streets to demand their rights and a better life for future generations,” she explained. “Local women including Bridget Bond had a powerful voice within the movement and Bridget and figures such as Bernadette McAliskey (Devlin) led from the front when the movement took to the streets. “We are delighted to welcome one of the leading civil rights campaigners, Eamonn McCann, to the Tower Museum next week. It’s a unique opportunity to hear a first-hand account of this extraordinary era of modern history, which transformed the lives of so many local people. I would encourage people to come along and hear the story of the ordinary women who dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others.” The Bridget Bond collection at the Tower Museum contains original documents from DHAC and the Derry CRA. You can hear more about her remarkable story on Tuesday 12th June at 7pm in the Tower Museum, and Eamonn McCann’s unique perspective on the roles played by other prominent women during this time. To book places book for this talk, email the Tower Museum at tower.reception@derrystrabane.com or ring the Tower Museum on 028 71372411.

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