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Issue 121: July 2004

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Time and TIDES
The genesis of TIDES Training came through Colin Craig and Mary Montague, then respectively Corrymeela Centre Director and Interface Worker, seeing a real need for the learning and methodologies built not only within Corrymeela but across the broader community relations sector to be disseminated and developed. In particular they were convinced of the need to build new generations of trainers and facilitators committed to the work of peace building and conflict management.

TIDES (Transformation Interdependence Diversity Equity Sustainability) is committed to providing tailored training, designed in conjunction with organisations. The range of work has grown to include programme across the voluntary, community, and public sectors. TIDES is committed to partnership based working where possible and are currently involved in programme delivery with Belfast Interface, Counteract and Mediation Northern Ireland. Work has also been done over the last three years in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Pakistan.

Within Northern Ireland TIDES is recognised as providing one of the leading accredited Training for Trainers courses in conflict management and community relations. This work includes training in conflict analysis, mapping, mediation, non-violent communication, group work and programme design.

TIDES is now recruiting for the Training for Trainers course to start in September 2004. Entrance criteria for this are a minimum of two years professional or voluntary experience working in the community sector (community development, community relations, education of conflict management). Should you be interested in this or any other training course, please phone Shona Borthwick at 077 66250848 or Liza Kelly on 077 89516651. For other enquiries please contact Mary Montague, Training Director, TIDES, 48 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT9 6AZ, phone 028 - 90 20 20 26. The e-mail is and website

1,000 + children visit Ireland through CCP
Over a thousand children from the nuclear-affected Chernobyl region in Eastern Europe are in Ireland this summer for holiday breaks with several hundred Irish families in all corners of the country, allowing them to spend time away from their radiation-contaminated homeland. The children are being brought to Ireland by the Chernobyl Children's Project's Rest & Recuperation Programme. The programme was established 12 years ago and this year will see the total number of children to have come to Ireland under this programme exceed 11,000. Many of the children making the trip live in orphanages in Belarus while the remainder of the children come from extremely impoverished family backgrounds. The children range in age from 7 to 16. Research undertaken by the Chernobyl Children's Project has shown that taking the children out of their home environment for even short periods of time can have hugely positive effects on their overall health, well being, and life expectancy.

Adi Roche of the Chernobyl Children's Project stated that the success of this popular programme was due largely to the large numbers of Irish families who open their homes to the Chernobyl children: "Without the ongoing support of hundreds of Irish families it would not be possible to sustain this programme. Year after year families throughout the country open their homes and their hearts to these special children."
Chernobyl Children's project, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale Road, Cork, phone 021 - 431 2999, and fax 431 3170, e-mail and web

ISE: Reconciliation, Ecumenical studies
Applications for the academic year 2004-2005 are invited for the Ecumenical Studies and Reconciliation Studies programmes of the Irish School of Ecumenics. Please visit our website For Ecumenical Studies, please contact Dublin at 01-2601144 ext. 111. For Reconciliation Studies, please contact Belfast at 028 9077 0087. All past Ecumenical Studies students are invited to participate in the upcoming "Sustaining the Vision", a conference on ecumenical learning, on Thursday 2 September to Tuesday 7 September 2004. For more information, please contact the Communications Officer at 01 260 1144 ext. 112. ISE is organising a conference 'A Place for All? Comparing Civil Society in Scotland and Northern Ireland' on 7 - 10 September 2004. If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please contact ISE at 028 9077 5010 or email Dublin address; ISE, Bea House, Milltown Park, Dublin 6. Belfast address; 683 Antrim Road, Belfast BT15 4EG.

Revamped INCORE website / Conflict Research Society
The website for INCORE, the international conflict research unit based at the University of Ulster at Magee, Derry, and affiliated to the United Nations University, has been revamped; see

The Conflict Research Society (CRS) in partnership with INCORE/ University of Ulster and United Nations University is pleased to announce their annual conference 'Multidisciplinary Findings in Conflict Research' from 1st to 3rd September 2004, at University of Ulster, Magee Campus. For further information: Silvia D. Mussano, School of Policy Studies, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry BT48 7JL, ph.028-71375535, e-mail

Tool decades of Solidarity
Tools for Solidarity will be celebrating a double birthday on Saturday 11th September: 20 years of collecting, recycling and repairing old tools in Belfast for sending out to developing countries, and 10 years since our first full time workshop was opened also in Belfast. A number of events will take place from 9th - 11th September for friends, supporters, past and present volunteers, and members of the organisation to participate in; these include a day of practical solidarity refurbishing tools in the workshop, a debate on sustainability, a one-day conference on development issues, a quiz, and on the Saturday the birthday celebration in the workshop and a concert in the evening to raise funds and awareness of TFS.

Tools For Solidarity is an Irish development organisation, which seeks to support artisans, and skilled craftspeople in some of the poorest countries in the world by providing them with high quality refurbished hand tools and sewing machines. In the past 20 years, over 100,000 tools and 1000 sewing machines have been collected from all over Ireland, and more than 30,000 high quality refurbished hand tools and 500 sewing machines have been shipped out to groups in Nicaragua, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. For further information on the events phone 028 90747473 or email:

Glencree Summer School: Respecting the past and moving
'Respecting the past as we move to the future' is the title of the 11th Glencree Summer School which takes place Friday - Sunday, 20th - 22nd August (12 noon start, 2pm finish). Opening talks are given by Isaac Herzog, Knesset member and Israeli Labour Party, and Dr Ali Halimeh, Palestinian ambassador. Other speakers include Prionnsias de Rossa and Una O'Higgins O'Malley. Residential cost is €140, non-residential €100, enquire about reductions. Contact Helen Browne at Glencree for further details. Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, Glencee, Co Wicklow, phone 01 - 282 9711, e-mail and web

Role of Civil Society in the Prevention of Armed Conflict, again
The 101-page A4 printed report on the European conference in Dublin with the above title, co-organised by Co-operation Ireland, which took place at the end of March/start of April is now available, as is the final printed version of the 'Dublin Action Agenda' (see NN119, especially e-mail and web editions). Both reports are on the ECCP website as PDF files. European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP), PO Box 14069, 3508 SC Utrecht, Netherlands, ph +31 (0)30 242 7777, e-mail and web

ARAN - No animal is an island
In July, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) is launching a new nationwide campaign that will be encouraging the public & business to avoid animals in circuses or even promoting the cruel trade in any way, shape or form. In the new school term a new educational campaign to raise awareness on animals being held captive will also be launched. ARAN also has plans to organise a national day of action against circuses and needs help to make it a success. As a great flying start to the campaign why not write to your local news paper about animals in captivity and in circuses, e-mail or call us for more ideas and tips. Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), PO Box 722, Kildare, phone 087-6275579.

Amazing Grace and yourself this summer
The Peace Maze in Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan, Co Down (32 miles south of Belfast), has now been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest and longest (3 kms of path) maze in the world. Built to commemorate the Northern Ireland peace process, to get to the goal of the maze you have to see both sides of the divide which the design incorporates. Yew know yew can dew it when you wander and queue over it. See

From a distance - learning looks blue and green
Distance learning opportunities coming up in the autumn include:

  1. Human Rights Monitoring, running from September - December from HREA, Human Rights Education Associates; estimated 60 hours work. Info, outline, previous evaluations and application at (application deadline 1st September).
  2. Transcend Peace University has 13 courses running September-December including ones on Nonviolence as Political Tool and Philosophy, with Jorgen Johansen, one on peace journalism, several on peace and…..(various things) and Conflict Prevention, Intervention, Reconciliation and Reconstruction with S.P. Udayakumar.

Registration deadline is 17th September and the fee in the EU is €300. Contact: e-mail or fax+40-264-420298, phone +40-724-380551 or see the website at

Shamrock jewellery for Cooperation Ireland
Shamrock peace jewellery designed by Slim Barrett is now available online with proceeds from the sale going to Co-operation Ireland. The jewellery in sterling silver ranges from lapel pins and earrings to chains and necklaces and in price from £39.95 upwards. You can look it up at while the main Co-operation Ireland website address is

The War Trilogy
Our Antimilitarist Music Reviewer writes: Mark Foley released the 'The War Trilogy' last year in response to the invasion of Iraq. The 3 anti-war tracks are similar in style with Mark's unmistakably Dylan-esque vocals and jangly acoustic guitar rhythms focusing on aspects of the 'War on Terror' from a US angle. 'Sudden Sound' is strong on the imagery of a missile being targeted on a town and the inevitable civilian casualties and how the media coverage is like 'snuff film on the nightly news'. 'Enemy Me' has a faster rhythm with the subject being the effects of the rollback of civil liberties on unnamed individuals and also covers detainees at Guantanamo Bay. 'Baghdad Road' has an intro a bit like Hotel California (for those with that kind of memory). The refrain '300 miles on a Baghdad road' covers the likely/actual exploits of a US army unit presumably making their way from Kuwait to Baghdad at the start of the invasion. The lyrics are hard-hitting - it's a pity the same can't be said for the backing which is pretty repetitive.

All in all these tracks are well worth a listen & available for free download at


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