General Ross Conference Rostrevor 18-20th October

A special conference focusing on the life and career of Major General Ross of Rostrevor is to take place in Rostrevor October 18-20th 2013 with BBC veteran Peter Snow as a key speaker.

Launch of Ross Conference

Launch of Ross Conference

This free 3 day conference, entitled ‘Personalities and Pivotal Moments in the Napoleonic Wars and War of 1812’, is supported by Peace III Southern Partnership under the ‘Future Foundations’ priority funded through the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, Newry and Mourne District Council and the Ulster Scots Agency.
Key speakers at the 3 day event include BBC veteran Peter Snow, author of When Britain Burned the White House, Washington Post journalist Steve Vogel author of Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation. Other speakers include local historians, visiting lecturers and independent scholars from Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada and France.

Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council Cllr Michael Ruane said the conference would have local and international appeal.

“From a historical point of view there is significant international interest in Ross and the conference is part of a strategy to raise the profile of the Ross story with a view to promoting cultural tourism in the area.”

“There are also a number of local people living in the area who perhaps want to use this opportunity to find out more about the village connection to a historically significant character.”
During the conference delegates will examine the role and personality of key characters involved in the War of 1812. There will also be opportunities to examine how we recall, interpret and commemorate history in the context of Peace and Reconciliation.

Peace III Southern Partnership Chairs, Cllr Roy McCartney and Dr James McCammick said: “Ross’ career provides a platform for exploration of a number of issues relating to identity and how we interpret history. Peace III, under the ‘Future Foundations priority’, provide opportunities such as these to engage a cross section of the community in discussions around our history, identity and how we can ethically remember and commemorate the past both of individuals and communities which impact on our localities.”

Delegates can opt to attend the Friday, Saturday or Sunday lectures. The event is free to attend.  For more information or to book online visit or tel 028 4173 9017.



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PHOTO CAPTION : Maynard Hanna, Development Officer Ulster Scots Agency, Marian Fitzpatrick, Community Liaison Officer Peace III, Robert Linden, Ross Conference local committee representative, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council  Cllr Michael Ruane.




THE Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern ireland and the Department of Finance in ireland. It is responsible for managing two structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IVA designed to enhance cross- border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society . The programmes operate within a clearly defined are including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG IVA, Western Scotland.

The PEACE III Programme is worth E333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.

For more information on the SEUPB, please visit

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