Mid and East Antrim tells ‘The Messines Story’

Wednesday 20 December 2017

On Tuesday 28 November 2017 Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, through its Good Relations Programme, hosted an event entitled The Messines Story in the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, through its Good Relations Programme, hosted an event entitled The Messines Story in the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena.

This was an evening of reflection which looked at the shared history around key historical events from 100 years ago. 

The event included

  • a reception on arrival and opportunity for participants to view The Great War 1917: Messines and Passchendaele, Local Stories Exhibition in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Museum & Heritage Service,
  • a screening of The Battle of Messines video [with the permission of The Nerve Centre]
  • a community performance of a play entitled: Meeke and the Major which was an emotive production involving community people from Mid and East Antrim and Causeway Coast and Glens  This performance was brought in by Mid and East Antrim in partnership with Building Resources Community Centre, Ballymoney.
  • an address by Peter Osbourne, Chair of Community Relations Council, with a reflection on the nights activities, asking “What can we learn from Meeke and the Major?” and reflecting how the story of John Meeke and William Redmond still has relevance for us all today, and continues to speak to our shared future. 

Speaking at the event Alderman Maureen Morrow said “The Messines story has had a positive influence in promoting good relations and peace building over the last number of years, and through the Together Building a United Community Regional Good Relations Strategy and Council’s Good Relations Programme, we aim to increase people’s awareness around shared history, and help develop relationships across our communities.”

A key priority for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is Building Stronger, Safe and Healthy Communities and we want everyone who lives here to feel welcome safe, respected and celebrated.  Event’s like to tonight’s are important and significant to Council as we continue to Work Together to Create a Better Future for All.”

Speaking before the event, guest speaker and chair of the Community Relations Council, Peter Osborne said,

“Mid and East Antrim Borough Council delivers ground breaking community relations work.  It is a real pleasure to be part of this important event.  Yet again the Council is to be commended. 

We explore the past for many reasons, partly to remember the sacrifice of brave men and women who took citizenship to new levels; and partly to ensure that in understanding conflict in our shared past we are better able to understand how to build a more peaceful shared future.

The Messines Story shows Council and community working together.  The drama Meeke and the Major shows how compassion and courage which crossed the community then, can still inspire today.”

This event was supported by The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme. For more information Promoting Good Relations in Mid and East Antrim contact E: or T: 028 2563 5036.