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The Minister was given a guided tour of the facility by Chair of the Somme Association Dr Ian Adamson and Director Carol Walker.
Commenting on his visit, the Minister said:
I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Somme Heritage Centre this afternoon. The museum is more than a tourist attraction - it is an excellent educational facility and a moving tribute to the sacrifice of those who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme.
I was impressed by the clear explanation of the historical context in Ireland at that time and the involvement of young men from both sides of the community in the 3 volunteer divisions raised in Ireland - the 10th and 16th Irish Divisions and the 36th Ulster Division.
I would encourage people of all ages to visit the Heritage Centre throughout this centenary year to learn about the important contribution of local volunteers during the Great War.