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The polite rebel: Sheelagh Murnaghan

The polite rebel: Sheelagh Murnaghan

6 Oct 2019

The polite rebel: Sheelagh Murnaghan by Allan LEONARD 3 October 2019 Sheelagh Murnaghan was the only Liberal Party MP (1961-69) in the Northern Ireland Parliament, representing the constituency of Queen’s University Belfast, which was the venue for a launch event of a new biography about her remarkable life. There were many Murnaghan family members in […]

Lost Lives: Beauty from sorrow

Lost Lives: Beauty from sorrow

1 Oct 2019

Lost Lives: Beauty from sorrow by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 1 October 2019 At Queen’s Film Theatre, Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt welcomed guests to a preview screening of Lost Lives, inspired by the acclaimed book of the same name, one which Lavery described as a monumental achievement: “Lost Lives was always at […]

Book review: Great Thinkers (The School of Life)

Book review: Great Thinkers (The School of Life)

24 Aug 2019

Great Thinkers is a compilation of 60 short essays — about 1,500 to 3,000 words each — published by The School of Life, which dedicates itself to “developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture”. It describes the book as a volume of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture, drawn […]

Book review: Anna Lo: The Place I Call Home

Book review: Anna Lo: The Place I Call Home

16 Aug 2019

Book review: Anna Lo: The Place I Call Home by Allan LEONARD 15 August 2019 Anna Lo writes with a crisp and concise manner, demonstrating her fine skills in English that she makes reference to in her memoir. The Place I Call Home is a chronological story, from her childhood to current retirement. It gives […]

The role of media in conflict: A Féile discussion

The role of media in conflict: A Féile discussion

14 Aug 2019

The role of media in conflict: A Féile discussion by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 8 August 2019 Hosted by Féile an Phobail, the campaign group Time for Truth organised an event to examine the role of the media in conflict and to listen to the account of those journalists in the front line […]

Shared housing and integrated education: Building good community relations

Shared housing and integrated education: Building good community relations

13 Aug 2019

Shared housing and integrated education: Building good community relations by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 7 August 2019 A panel discussion on how shared housing projects and the integrated education movement are contributing towards good community relations was held at St Mary’s College, Belfast, as part of the Feile Festival. The panellists were Deborah […]

Reporting the Troubles: A swirl of emotions

Reporting the Troubles: A swirl of emotions

9 Aug 2019

Reporting the Troubles: A swirl of emotions by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 6 August 2019 As part of the EastSide Arts Festival, the editors read from Reporting the Troubles, their book compilation of stories of the Northern Ireland conflict. Deric Henderson (former Ireland Editor of the Press) and Ivan Little (UTV, ITN, Belfast […]

For Northern Ireland: Parity of esteem and reconciliation

For Northern Ireland: Parity of esteem and reconciliation

4 Aug 2019

For Northern Ireland: Parity of esteem and reconciliation by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 1 August 2019 As part of the 31st annual Féile festival, Jim Gibney (a member of the Féile Debates and Discussions Committee) welcomed the audience of a couple dozen attendees of a panel discussion on what parity of esteem, reconciliation, […]

Post-Agreement identity narratives: A photographic essay

Post-Agreement identity narratives: A photographic essay

31 Jul 2019

The 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement gives legal recognition to the coexisting and overlapping national citizenships in Northern Ireland, entitling those born in the jurisdiction to be British, Irish, or both. The devolved administration codifies the traditional political identities of “Unionist” and “Nationalist”, as well as an opportunity for “Others”. The accord has also pledged greater […]