This year’s annual Isaac Butt Memorial Service and Lecture will take place on Sunday week next, May 20th in Stranorlar, beginning with a service at 7pm in Stranorlar Church of Ireland, followed by the laying of a wreath on Butt’s grave in the adjoining churchyard.
The lecture will begin at 8pm in the Henderson Hall opposite the church, and is given this year by Dr. Chris McGimpsey from Belfast.
Like Butt, he is interested in politics, journalism and law. He is a member of the Ulster Unionist Party and was a Belfast City Councillor for 12 years. He also served on his party’s delegation to constitutional talks on Northern Ireland.
He has written articles on Irish politics for The Guardian newspaper, and challenged the Anglo-Irish Agreement in the Irish High Court.
He is an acknowledged expert on the work of Isaac Butt, having obtained a Ph.D. in 19th Century Irish history from the University of Edinburgh.
All are welcome to attend either the service or the lecture, or both.