A specially commissioned short film documentary ‘The Boys from East Belfast’ focusing on the discovery of letters written by ten soldiers from East Belfast and serving at the Western Front is to be given its first screening at St Mark’s Church, Dundela on Monday, 10 November at 6.00pm.
The film is a collaboration between the RCB (Representative Church Body) Library in Dublin and the Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group who have produced it to coincide with Remembrance-tide in this the 100th anniversary year since the start of World War One. Filmed and directed by Tim Hood, ‘The Boys from East Belfast’ re-enacts the full story of how a small collection of letters written by ten soldiers serving at the Western Front who were also parishioners of the Church of Ireland parish of Dundela ended up in an old tea chest in Kilmore See House, and their subsequent transfer for permanent safekeeping in the RCB Library, Dublin.
The screening event on the 10 November will also be an opportunity to hear from Dr Susan Hood of the RCB Library, who discovered the letters, and from the East Belfast historians. The event will be part of a range of Remembrance-tide events taking place over several days at St Mark’s Dundela, Holywood Road, and the letters themselves will be on display there during that period.
The event is open to all members of the public.