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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,

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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

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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

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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