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Mayor raises the flag on Council Centenary Programme

Council's Northern Ireland Centenary Programme launched with flag raising events. 

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery officially launched the Council’s Northern Ireland Centenary programme with flag raising events at Antrim Civic Centre, Ballyclare Town Hall and Mossley Mill. 

2021 is a significant year, marking 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland, it also marks the latter part of a ‘Decade of Centenaries’ which have been taking place since 2012. Some of the significant centenaries marked to date include the signing of the Ulster Covenant; the Home Rule bill; the outbreak of WW1; The Battle of the Somme; the Easter Rising; the Suffrage Movement.

To mark the Centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland, the Council has developed a year-long programme, titled;
Our Country’s Centenary for Our Community… Reflecting Back - Striving Forward

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Cllr Jim Montgomery said

“I welcome 2021, our Centenary year, by raising both the Ulster Banner also known as the Northern Ireland flag and the Council’s own Centenary logo flag.

“The Council’s Centenary programme aims to engage all our community through a range of events, projects and initiatives which we hope will have broad appeal and create opportunities for everyone to reflect, commemorate, celebrate and inspire our young people to strive forward as a new centenary beckons.

“We have an opportunity to learn about our past, draw on its lessons, and be inspired by its spirit.  Let us embrace the future with courage and hope, and today we start to write the next chapter in our country’s history.”

To learn more about Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Centenary Programme visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/nicentenary