Category Archives: ARTICLES

20150127 HMD Keep Memory Alive

Never use memory (or lack thereof) to justify cruelty: Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

For the Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, in cooperation with the Institute of Conflict Research, held a seminar event: “The Ethnics of Memory and Community Recovery”. The speakers were Daniel Greenberg and Lord Alderdice,

20150127 HMD Keep Memory Alive

Never use memory (or lack thereof) to justify cruelty: Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

For the Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, in cooperation with the Institute of Conflict Research, held a seminar event: “The Ethnics of Memory and Community Recovery”. The speakers were Daniel Greenberg and Lord Alderdice,

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Slices of Belfast: A tour of Sandy Row

As part of a work group, I went on a Sandy Row Tour, discovering the history and character of this neighbourhood. We began at the well-known mural site at the entrance to Linfield Gardens — a large example of a

20150120 Sandy Row 01 IMG_0001

Slices of Belfast: A tour of Sandy Row

As part of a work group, I went on a Sandy Row Tour, discovering the history and character of this neighbourhood. We began at the well-known mural site at the entrance to Linfield Gardens — a large example of a

Alex Kane

Still arguing over religious texts in Northern Ireland? Sectarianism: A Journey Towards Healing seminar

Reverend Dr Gary Mason facilitated a panel discussion with Jim Gibney (Sinn Féin), Father Gary Donegan and Alex Kane. The title was “Sectarianism”, and is part of a Journey Towards Healing series organised by Niamh Mental Wellbeing. Dr Mason described

Alex Kane

Still arguing over religious texts in Northern Ireland? Sectarianism: A Journey Towards Healing seminar

Reverend Dr Gary Mason facilitated a panel discussion with Jim Gibney (Sinn Féin), Father Gary Donegan and Alex Kane. The title was “Sectarianism”, and is part of a Journey Towards Healing series organised by Niamh Mental Wellbeing. Dr Mason described

20150120 Time to Fly cover

Review: Time to Fly (Neil O’Brien)

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil O’Brien at a NI Biz Camp event in Belfast, April 2013. I immediately liked his sense of humour: “Sending me to a relaxation course is stressing me out!” Yet behind his Irish wit

20150120 Time to Fly cover

Review: Time to Fly (Neil O’Brien)

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil O’Brien at a NI Biz Camp event in Belfast, April 2013. I immediately liked his sense of humour: “Sending me to a relaxation course is stressing me out!” Yet behind his Irish wit

20141203 Gary Hart

USA not immune to flag disputes: Gary Hart

Interesting short speech by Senator (Ret,) Gary Hart at US Consulate tonight. Acknowledged value of listening and how flags issue here relates to that in USA citing confederate flag and South Carolina (as an example). I failed to bend his

20141203 Gary Hart

USA not immune to flag disputes: Gary Hart

Interesting short speech by Senator (Ret,) Gary Hart at US Consulate tonight. Acknowledged value of listening and how flags issue here relates to that in USA citing confederate flag and South Carolina (as an example). I failed to bend his

Young people share their demands for a better future at SDLP conference coffee chat

Young people want civic education in Northern Ireland schools

Young people want civic education in Northern Ireland schools #CoffeeClub at #SDLP14 conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 15 November 2014 Stratagem organised another set of sidebar coffee club conversations at the SDLP annual conference, Ramada Inn, Belfast.

Young people share their demands for a better future at SDLP conference coffee chat

Young people want civic education in Northern Ireland schools

Young people want civic education in Northern Ireland schools #CoffeeClub at #SDLP14 conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 15 November 2014 Stratagem organised another set of sidebar coffee club conversations at the SDLP annual conference, Ramada Inn, Belfast.

20141018 UUP Coffee Club

More channels for civic voices demanded

More channels for civic voices demanded #CoffeeClub at Ulster Unionist Party conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 18 October 2014  At a sidebar coffee club session, organised by lobby firm Stratagem, I asked a room full of Ulster

20141018 UUP Coffee Club

More channels for civic voices demanded

More channels for civic voices demanded #CoffeeClub at Ulster Unionist Party conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 18 October 2014  At a sidebar coffee club session, organised by lobby firm Stratagem, I asked a room full of Ulster

DOHERTY Michael - The Peacebuilders Handbook

Reconciliation: Maybe, just maybe

Reconciliation: Maybe, just maybe The Peace Builder’s Handbook by Michael Doherty by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 19 September 2014 Michael Doherty, a recognised mediator for over 30 years, today launched The Peace Builder’s Handbook, a resource for those

DOHERTY Michael - The Peacebuilders Handbook

Reconciliation: Maybe, just maybe

Reconciliation: Maybe, just maybe The Peace Builder’s Handbook by Michael Doherty by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 19 September 2014 Michael Doherty, a recognised mediator for over 30 years, today launched The Peace Builder’s Handbook, a resource for those

20140715 BU Mark Allen

BU Faculty Obituary: Mark Allen

The obituary notice for Mark Allen caught my attention, not because I was a 1989 participant in the BU Oxford Honors Study Program (CLA ’90), but because of the heartfelt addendum by Dee Mondschein (CAS ’97). Mark was not one

20140715 BU Mark Allen

BU Faculty Obituary: Mark Allen

The obituary notice for Mark Allen caught my attention, not because I was a 1989 participant in the BU Oxford Honors Study Program (CLA ’90), but because of the heartfelt addendum by Dee Mondschein (CAS ’97). Mark was not one

WILKIE David - Coffee with Jesus

Review: Coffee with Jesus (David Wilkie)

I came across Coffee with Jesus on a display table at the front of a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Just as well, as I doubt I would have perused the religion section to discover it. Coffee with Jesus originated online,

WILKIE David - Coffee with Jesus

Review: Coffee with Jesus (David Wilkie)

I came across Coffee with Jesus on a display table at the front of a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Just as well, as I doubt I would have perused the religion section to discover it. Coffee with Jesus originated online,

Logo NIA

We need a politics of recognition not identities: Professor Rick Wilford

As part of his retirement from Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Rick Wilford was invited to present a lecture: “Two cheers for consociational democracy?” The Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings provided a most appropriate setting for his review of the structures

Logo NIA

We need a politics of recognition not identities: Professor Rick Wilford

As part of his retirement from Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Rick Wilford was invited to present a lecture: “Two cheers for consociational democracy?” The Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings provided a most appropriate setting for his review of the structures

Jacqueline Irwin

Time to stop tightening our knot: CRC Annual Policy Conference 2014

This year’s annual policy conference organised by the Community Relations Council considered how we might “Finish the Job” and find ways to resolve outstanding issues in the peace process. The conference attracted a wide range of practitioners, statutory agencies and

Jacqueline Irwin

Time to stop tightening our knot: CRC Annual Policy Conference 2014

This year’s annual policy conference organised by the Community Relations Council considered how we might “Finish the Job” and find ways to resolve outstanding issues in the peace process. The conference attracted a wide range of practitioners, statutory agencies and

20140611 Downtown Radio

Advice to new carers: Get support from wherever you can

This morning, I spoke about my experience as a carer, on Downtown Radio programme Daytime with Siobhan McGarry: Allan Leonard, in his mid-forties, suddenly found himself in a caring role for his spouse, Beverley, who suffered a severe stroke two

20140611 Downtown Radio

Advice to new carers: Get support from wherever you can

This morning, I spoke about my experience as a carer, on Downtown Radio programme Daytime with Siobhan McGarry: Allan Leonard, in his mid-forties, suddenly found himself in a caring role for his spouse, Beverley, who suffered a severe stroke two

20140609 Carers Week

“Be Catholic and have a large family”: Tim McGarry at Carers Week launch

“Be Catholic and have a large family”: Tim McGarry at Carers Week launch Thousands of people across Northern Ireland provide care for others throughout the year. Carers Week is organised by several charities that come together to celebrate this contribution,

20140609 Carers Week

“Be Catholic and have a large family”: Tim McGarry at Carers Week launch

“Be Catholic and have a large family”: Tim McGarry at Carers Week launch Thousands of people across Northern Ireland provide care for others throughout the year. Carers Week is organised by several charities that come together to celebrate this contribution,

20140607 UPSP

Mr Ulster enters a photo competition: Urban Picnic Street Photography

Nothing like a competition to focus the mind. Urban Picnic Street Photography organises an annual competition, with entrants allowed to submit three of their finest. I don’t fancy my chances, as I’m relatively new to this game. But if it

20140607 UPSP

Mr Ulster enters a photo competition: Urban Picnic Street Photography

Nothing like a competition to focus the mind. Urban Picnic Street Photography organises an annual competition, with entrants allowed to submit three of their finest. I don’t fancy my chances, as I’m relatively new to this game. But if it

Protected: Thatcher and the IRA: Dealing with Terror

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Protected: Thatcher and the IRA: Dealing with Terror

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