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Tyrone connections to the Somme commemorated in play

Camowen play new

‘In Remembrance of the Camowen Band of Brothers and the Ulster Volunteers’ features Private Christopher Jeffrey (left) who left from Omagh to fight in the Somme. His character will be played by his great-great nephew Adam Jeffrey (right).

ONE of the most catastrophic battles in history which saw hundreds of men from Tyrone wounded and killed is set to be performed on stage.

‘In Remembrance of the Camowen Band of Brothers and the Ulster Volunteers’ is the latest production written by local man Kenny Porter. It pays tribute to the 15 members from Camowen Orange Lodge (now Edenderry) who went out to fight in the First World war.

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These men fought with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who became known as the ‘Tyrones’. On July 1st the Battle of the Somme took place and in one day the 9th Battalion lost 222 men. The battle would rage on for another four months resulting in 420,000 British casualties.

Kenny said he was inspired to write the play after reading the Roll of Honour in Edenderry Orange Lodge Hall.

“The play is to commemorate those men from Omagh 100 years on,” said the plays producer. “What struck me immediately was the volume of men that had joined up to fight for their King and Country from one small Lodge and of the 15 that had served, there were three brothers from two local families.

“Whilst the play makes specific reference to them, they represent those men from many local Lodges, who paid the supreme sacrifice.”

The play will follow the men as they sign up for war, leave for France and life at the Somme.

Poignantly one of the characters Private Christopher Jeffrey, will be played by his great-great nephew Adam Jeffrey.

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The evening will also feature music from the era as Nicola Moody and The Moodettes sing some well-known songs, joined on stage by the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Corps of Drums Band.

The production will take place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday 30 at 8pm in the Strule Arts Centre. Tickets are available from the box office on 028 8224 7831 or online at www.struleartscentre.co.uk

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