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14-04-2010

Representatives of Irish History Societies to visit EP

Representatives from the Federation of Irish Local History Societies will visit the European Parliament in Brussels today, to get an overview of how it works and what the MEPs do.  The visiting historians, who will be joined by representatives from the Federation for Ulster Local Studies, will meet with Irish MEPs during their time at the European Parliament.  Group organiser, Larry Breen, said that the group is 'looking forward to the visit, which will provide us with a chance to extend our interest to learn about the history and workings of the European Parliament.'

The 25 representatives from the Irish Federation of Local History Societies come from Laois, Kildare, Westmeath, May, Dublin and Kilkenny.  Their societies work to encourage research into the recording of local history, archaeology, folk-life, folk-lore and to preserve and protect local heritage.  The historians are staying at the Irish College in Leuven during their time in Belgium and visting Leuven, Brugge and the war sites in West Flanders.

For further information, please contact Marie Quinn at epdublin@europarl.europa.eu.