The following press release was issued today:-
Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
PRESS RELEASE – July 17th 2012
Ireland’s first ever international symposium on the history, heritage and culture of flags and emblems will be held in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, in May 2013.
Jointly organised by the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, the symposium will open on Europe Day, May 9th and run until Sunday May 11th 2013 and will feature lectures, workshops, exhibitions and public events celebrating the cultural diversity of flags and emblems.
Coinciding with Ireland’s presidency of the European Union, Bratacha 2013, will delve into the history and meaning of the flags and emblems of the member states of the European Union and of the Council of Europe, according to Breasal Ó Caollaí, General Secretary of the newly reopened National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire.
“In a Town with historically strong maritime and naval links to a Harbour with some of the country’s finest yacht clubs and a world-class marina, Bratacha 2013 will showcase this unique heritage in Dún Laoghaire” said Mr. Ó Caollaí.
This inaugural event will also explore Ireland’s heraldic heritage and the use of coats-of-arms today by sporting bodies, schools, colleges, professional bodies, local authorities, clan associations, organisations and companies throughout Ireland.
According to Michael Merrigan, General Secretary of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, “Bratacha 2013 will feature lectures and workshops on themes such as ‘Flags &
Insignia of Battle’, ‘Trades Unions – Banners & Flags of Protest & Syndication’, and aspects of our political history in ‘Flags of Aggression, Rebellion, Dissent, Unity and Reconciliation’ and under the theme ‘Flag Wavers & Followers’ we will explore ways of researching genealogical links with historical events and movements.”
The flags and emblems associated with our rich and varied military history will involve veterans’ organisations, military historians, commemorative organisations and hopefully, members of the Irish Defence Forces, according to Mr. Merrigan.
Mr. Merrigan explained that “Bratacha 2013 will be an opportunity for the development of an interdisciplinary exploration of the history, heritage and culture of flags and emblems involving academics, students, historical societies, trades unions, heraldists, genealogists and our national cultural institutions”.
Bratacha 2013, according to the organisers “aims to bring the fascinatingly colourful and very skilful artistries associated with the design, creation and formal use of flags and emblems to the public through exhibitions, workshops and displays. Bratacha 2013 will be very much a peoples’ celebration of the diverse heritage of flags and emblems”.
Mr. Ó Caollaí said that “a full programme of events is currently in preparation and will be published before the end of the year, possibly on a dedicated website and on Facebook”.
END of Press Release
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