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It’s good to talk

By Ciara Quinn

DEBATE and discussion are the order of the day as Féile an Phobail begin the week after a barnstorming weekend which saw records crowds flock to the Falls Park to welcome Boyzone, Paul Young and Soul II Soul.

St Mary’s University College will host the annual Human Rights and Investigative Journalism lecture. Amnesty International’s popular event returns at noon today (Monday) with multi-award winning investigative journalist Iain Overton, who had worked for the BBC, ITN, Bureau of Investigative Journalism and with The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and New Statesman as guest speaker. Chairing the discussion will be Malachi O’Doherty.

Staying with St Mary’s, at 2pm From Divis to the City Hall – 50 Years Policing the Flag, chaired by Debbie Watters will take place along with Brian Feeney examining the volatile question of flags then and now.

Tonight’s lecture entitled Ceasefire will take place at 7pm. Correspondents Eamonn Mallie, Charlie Bird, Ivan Little, Judith Hill and Brian Rowan reported on the historic 1994 ceasefire and will recount the story of those headlines days.

At Falls Road Library lectures and exhibitions will take place commemorating the First World War. Professor Richard S Grayson will discuss Remembering, Forgetting and Commemorating Ireland’s Great War: Issues for Belfast at 7pm.

For keen historians and walkers, a daily tour of the City Cemetery will take place from 2pm. This is Féile’s most popular tour led by historian and author Tom Hartley.

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