Offer of help with truth recovery process at Irish Council of Churches centenary service

Offer of help with truth recovery process at Irish Council of Churches centenary service by Allan LEONARD 22 January 2023 The Irish Council of Churches (ICC) — an all-island body with membership from Protestant, Orthodox, Reformed, and independent church traditions — marked its centenary with a joint service of worship at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. … Continue reading Offer of help with truth recovery process at Irish Council of Churches centenary service

‘Ordinary People’: an exhibition of standing up to hatred

‘Ordinary People’: an exhibition of standing up to hatred by Allan LEONARD 21 January 2023 “It’s the farmer in the field, and the pilot that he finds, Hides him in his barn, till all his wounds have healed. Or the baker making extra bread, to give a starving man, Or people helping people, who they’ll … Continue reading ‘Ordinary People’: an exhibition of standing up to hatred

Good Friday Agreement ‘best thing that’s happened on this island in the last 100 years’: Coveney

Good Friday Agreement ‘best thing that’s happened on this island in the last 100 years’: Coveney by Allan LEONARD 19 October 2022 Minister Simon Coveney TD, Ireland Minister for Foreign Affairs, resumed his speech that was interrupted by a bomb scare earlier this year in north Belfast. He was the keynote speaker guest as part … Continue reading Good Friday Agreement ‘best thing that’s happened on this island in the last 100 years’: Coveney

Media’s role in mediating our ‘different psychic landscapes’

Media’s role in mediating our 'different psychic landscapes' by Allan LEONARD 18 October 2022 A set of current and former journalists shared their experiences and thoughts on the role of media and social debate across the island of Ireland. Hosted by the Irish Association, the event “Journalism without borders” attracted several dozen, including other journalists … Continue reading Media’s role in mediating our ‘different psychic landscapes’

Peace Heroines: Spotlight on Stormont

Peace Heroines: Spotlight on Stormont by Allan LEONARD 21 September 2022 The Herstory project, established in 2016 to elevate the stories of women in national histories, launched an art exhibition at the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings, Belfast. “Peace Heroines” features nine vibrant, largescale individual portrait paintings by artist FRIZ — women who have made an indelible mark … Continue reading Peace Heroines: Spotlight on Stormont

‘Just drawing support’ — Bill Rolston’s latest catch of mural hunting

‘Just drawing support’ — Bill Rolston’s latest catch of mural hunting by Allan LEONARD 11 August 2022 Bill Rolston published the first volume of Drawing Support in 1992, which contained images of 100 murals from the previous decade. Thirty years later, the fifth volume has just been published, and at a Feile an Phobail event … Continue reading ‘Just drawing support’ — Bill Rolston’s latest catch of mural hunting

‘A Long Night’s Journey into Day’ — distinguishing process and progress of reconciliation in South Africa

‘A Long Night’s Journey into Day’ — distinguishing process and progress of reconciliation in South Africa by Allan LEONARD 4 August 2022 As part of the Feile programme of events, and supported by the Department of Foreign Affair’s Reconciliation Fund, the award-winning documentary film about South Africa’s truth and reconciliation process, A Long Night’s Journey … Continue reading ‘A Long Night’s Journey into Day’ — distinguishing process and progress of reconciliation in South Africa

‘The South is not ready for unification’: Andy Pollak

‘The South is not ready for unification’: Andy Pollak by Allan LEONARD 26 July 2022 The theme for the 35th John Hewitt International Summer School was “Finding the national: redefining home and country for a shared future”, which asked how much “home”, “country”, “identity”, and “nation” matter, or should matter in a shared future, and … Continue reading ‘The South is not ready for unification’: Andy Pollak

Shared Future News launches book asking ‘What Northern Ireland means to me’

Shared Future News launches book asking ‘What Northern Ireland means to me’ by Shared Future News 29 April 2022 Shared Future News, a media organisation that publishes stories of peacebuilding, reconciliation, and diversity, held an event to launch its new book, What Northern Ireland Means to Me, as a compendium of its podcast of the … Continue reading Shared Future News launches book asking ‘What Northern Ireland means to me’

Reporting the Troubles 2: An important storytelling contribution

Reporting the Troubles 2: An important storytelling contributionby Kellie BANCALARI and Allan LEONARD19 April 2022 Imagine getting a call in the middle of the night. It’s a source and they have a statement; they are going to execute two of your colleagues every week because they don’t agree with your workplace’s political leanings. Your name, … Continue reading Reporting the Troubles 2: An important storytelling contribution

Getting under the skin of What Northern Ireland Means to Me

Getting under the skin of What Northern Ireland Means to Me by Shared Future News 21 March 2022 As part of the Imagine Festival of Politics and Ideas, Shared Future News hosted an online event that got under the skin of its What Northern Ireland Means to Me podcast, with playback from a selection of … Continue reading Getting under the skin of What Northern Ireland Means to Me

Hidden barriers: A tour of Belfast’s secret peace lines

Hidden barriers: A tour of Belfast’s secret peace lines by Allan LEONARD 23 March 2022 As part of the Imagine Festival, a tour of a selection of hidden interfaces of Belfast was offered. David Coyles, a researcher at Ulster University, hosted a bus tour that took several dozen participants to three case study locations. As … Continue reading Hidden barriers: A tour of Belfast’s secret peace lines