20140404 A Love Divided

The prevailing wisdom of A Love Divided

Based on a true story, “A Love Divided” chronicles the aftermath of a mixed marriage in Co. Wexford, Ireland, where Protestant-raised Sheila refuses to send her children to a local Catholic school. She flees with her two young girls, leaving

20140404 A Love Divided

The prevailing wisdom of A Love Divided

Based on a true story, “A Love Divided” chronicles the aftermath of a mixed marriage in Co. Wexford, Ireland, where Protestant-raised Sheila refuses to send her children to a local Catholic school. She flees with her two young girls, leaving

20131129 YMCA - Sported

More RESPECT for good relations: The power of sport

Londonderry YMCA, in partnership with the University of Ulster (Magee), held a conference (29/11/2013) to “raise awareness of the power of sport in building more peaceful, prosperous, healthy, inclusive and welcoming communities”. Entitled “Sport for Development in a Post Conflict

20131129 YMCA - Sported

More RESPECT for good relations: The power of sport

Londonderry YMCA, in partnership with the University of Ulster (Magee), held a conference (29/11/2013) to “raise awareness of the power of sport in building more peaceful, prosperous, healthy, inclusive and welcoming communities”. Entitled “Sport for Development in a Post Conflict

20140225 CVS

Not a cosy conversation: Victims and survivors conference

The Commission for Victims and Survivors (CVS) convened a conference “to listen to as many voices as possible” in forming its advice to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, the CVS Commissioner Kathryn Stone explained. The

20140225 CVS

Not a cosy conversation: Victims and survivors conference

The Commission for Victims and Survivors (CVS) convened a conference “to listen to as many voices as possible” in forming its advice to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, the CVS Commissioner Kathryn Stone explained. The

20140114 Week at Airport

Review: A Week at the Airport (Alain de Botton)

Perhaps poignantly after just returning from a long and splendid transatlantic Christmastime holiday, and getting back into routine in the return to work, I finished Alain de Botton’s book, A Week at the Airport. A Week at the Airport is

20140114 Week at Airport

Review: A Week at the Airport (Alain de Botton)

Perhaps poignantly after just returning from a long and splendid transatlantic Christmastime holiday, and getting back into routine in the return to work, I finished Alain de Botton’s book, A Week at the Airport. A Week at the Airport is

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Platform for Change: Haass Talks. Discuss.

Platform for Change: Haass Talks. Discuss. by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 25 November 2013 Platform for Change held an evening roundtable discussion event, to review the current status of the Haass talks, which are focusing on flags, parades

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Platform for Change: Haass Talks. Discuss.

Platform for Change: Haass Talks. Discuss. by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 25 November 2013 Platform for Change held an evening roundtable discussion event, to review the current status of the Haass talks, which are focusing on flags, parades

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Learning Together: NI21 Party Conference

Learning Together: Maximising Common Education NI21 Party Conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 16 November 2013 At the NI21 inaugural party conference at the Europa Hotel, I chaired a fringe meeting to explore how shared and integrated education

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Learning Together: NI21 Party Conference

Learning Together: Maximising Common Education NI21 Party Conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 16 November 2013 At the NI21 inaugural party conference at the Europa Hotel, I chaired a fringe meeting to explore how shared and integrated education

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Women: Dealing with the Past

Women: Dealing with the Past A Shared Learning Workshop by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 12 November 2013 Well over 100 women participated in a workshop event on the topic of dealing with the past. Organised by the Women’s

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Women: Dealing with the Past

Women: Dealing with the Past A Shared Learning Workshop by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 12 November 2013 Well over 100 women participated in a workshop event on the topic of dealing with the past. Organised by the Women’s

20131022 JFK Proud Book

Review: Jacques Lowe: My Kennedy Years (Proud Gallery)

Thanks to an article published in British Airways’ in-flight magazine, High Life, I learned of a photo exhibition of the work of Jacques Lowe, who was a personal and professional photographer for John F. Kennedy. On display at the Proud

20131022 JFK Proud Book

Review: Jacques Lowe: My Kennedy Years (Proud Gallery)

Thanks to an article published in British Airways’ in-flight magazine, High Life, I learned of a photo exhibition of the work of Jacques Lowe, who was a personal and professional photographer for John F. Kennedy. On display at the Proud

20131001 Touching Distance

Review: Touching Distance (James Cracknell)

Reading this book was always going to have a special meaning to me, as my wife had a stroke about two years ago. Like James and Bev, my wife and I are writing a book together about our experience. We

20131001 Touching Distance

Review: Touching Distance (James Cracknell)

Reading this book was always going to have a special meaning to me, as my wife had a stroke about two years ago. Like James and Bev, my wife and I are writing a book together about our experience. We

20130828 MLK NIA WIP

Jobs and Freedom for Northern Ireland

Sponsored by the US Consulate Belfast, the Washington-Ireland Programme and Politics Plus, Chris Lyttle MLA hosted a remembrance event at Parliament Buildings for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, with Martin Luther King Jr’s

20130828 MLK NIA WIP

Jobs and Freedom for Northern Ireland

Sponsored by the US Consulate Belfast, the Washington-Ireland Programme and Politics Plus, Chris Lyttle MLA hosted a remembrance event at Parliament Buildings for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, with Martin Luther King Jr’s

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Hasan Turan (Kirkuk Provincial Council) visit to Northern Ireland

“Terrorists tried to divide us, but we are now stronger together”: Hasan Turan (Kirkuk Provincial Council) visit to Northern Ireland by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 16 August 2013 On the back of the political assassination of a fellow

20130816 FCT Hasan Turan NI 16 FCT_0333

Hasan Turan (Kirkuk Provincial Council) visit to Northern Ireland

“Terrorists tried to divide us, but we are now stronger together”: Hasan Turan (Kirkuk Provincial Council) visit to Northern Ireland by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 16 August 2013 On the back of the political assassination of a fellow

20130617 Obama NI square

The fate of peace: President Obama in Northern Ireland

My marriage is a transatlantic union between a Midwesterner and a Belfast-born Northern Irishwoman. Fittingly, my wife and I were delighted to receive tickets to hear another Midwesterner, President Barack Obama, at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. With DJ Pete Snodden playing

20130617 Obama NI square

The fate of peace: President Obama in Northern Ireland

My marriage is a transatlantic union between a Midwesterner and a Belfast-born Northern Irishwoman. Fittingly, my wife and I were delighted to receive tickets to hear another Midwesterner, President Barack Obama, at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. With DJ Pete Snodden playing

20130531 Beverley NIA

Integrate emotional support says stroke survivor

Earlier this week, Madame Oui (aka my awesome wife Beverley) went up to Parliament Buildings to address a group of MLAs at the Northern Ireland Assembly. It was a very positive and constructive meeting, resulting in some agreed steps forward

20130531 Beverley NIA

Integrate emotional support says stroke survivor

Earlier this week, Madame Oui (aka my awesome wife Beverley) went up to Parliament Buildings to address a group of MLAs at the Northern Ireland Assembly. It was a very positive and constructive meeting, resulting in some agreed steps forward

20130426 INCORE Colombia

Derry proposals for Colombian peace

In September 2012, peace talks were announced between the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group FARC. There have been several rounds of negotiation, now taking place in Havana, Cuba. INCORE at the University of Ulster saw a potential in investigating

20130426 INCORE Colombia

Derry proposals for Colombian peace

In September 2012, peace talks were announced between the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group FARC. There have been several rounds of negotiation, now taking place in Havana, Cuba. INCORE at the University of Ulster saw a potential in investigating

20130520 CRC Intercultural Cities

Expressing Identity — Addressing Division: CRC Annual Policy Conference 2013

Expressing Identity: Addressing Division This year’s annual policy conference of the Community Relations Council (CRC) was held in Derry-Londonderry, a fresh change from the usual Belfast venues. Indeed, the Maiden City has demonstrated leadership in community relations for many years.

20130520 CRC Intercultural Cities

Expressing Identity — Addressing Division: CRC Annual Policy Conference 2013

Expressing Identity: Addressing Division This year’s annual policy conference of the Community Relations Council (CRC) was held in Derry-Londonderry, a fresh change from the usual Belfast venues. Indeed, the Maiden City has demonstrated leadership in community relations for many years.

20130517 Belfast Exposed

Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography. Discuss.

To mark its 30th anniversary, Belfast Exposed has organised an extensive exhibition of photographic work, displayed both at its premises on Donegall Street as well as at The MAC. The exhibition — Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography — “focuses

20130517 Belfast Exposed

Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography. Discuss.

To mark its 30th anniversary, Belfast Exposed has organised an extensive exhibition of photographic work, displayed both at its premises on Donegall Street as well as at The MAC. The exhibition — Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography — “focuses