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Issue 127: March 2005

Dublin ‘disarmament festival’ to Put the war on trial

It is not billed as such, but events associated with the Monday 7th March start of the Pitstop Ploughshares trial make it effectively into a disarmament festival. On Monday March 7th. the "Pit Stop Ploughshares" - Deirdre Clancy, Nuin Dunlop, Karen Fallon, Damien Moran & Ciaron O'Reilly - go to trial at Dublin's Four Courts. The criminal damage charges of US$2.5 million & €100 arise out of their nonviolent disarmament of a U.S. Navy war plane at Shannon Airport on 3rd February 2003. Charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment if convicted. For full details see their new website www.WarOnTrial.Com

Solidarity actions and vigils will take place in various locations, nationally and internationally, on 7th March; Dublin events that day include - Gather at The Spire, 9am; Peace Walk to Court, 9.30am; ‘Remembering The War Dead', Four Courts, from 10.30am-1pm; Lunch at 1pm (Food Not Bombs Picnic); `Remembering The War Dead' Vigil, 2pm-5pm; Trial Reflection, Food & Drinks 5.30pm – 6.30pm at Augustinian Hall, Meath Street [the rest of the week to Friday follows the same pattern and times except the morning walk to court from the Spire is at 10 am.] There are also evening meetings;

- Monday 7th March; "American voices against the war”, Speakers - U.S. Bishop T.J. Gumbleton, Kathy Kelly (Voices in the Wilderness), Peter DeMott (Vietnam Vet/Plowshares Activist), Carmen Trotta (NYCW), happening at Davis Theatre, Trinity College at 7.30pm.

- Thursday 10th March; ‘Assessing the damage: Iraq War & Nonviolent Disarmament at Shannon', Public Lecture, Walton Theatre, Trinity College, 7.30pm. Speakers include: Dennis Halliday & Mairead Corrigan Maguire.

Friday 11th March, ‘Give peace a dance’, Cuban, Italian & Irish Music - Entrance by donation, 8pm - Midnight, St. Nicholas Of Myra Parish Hall (Corner of Carmon Hall & Francis Street.)

- Saturday March 12th, Trial Support Meeting, 10 am-12 noon 11 Talbot Street(blue door beside O'Neill's shoe shop) and Workers Solidarity Movement Dayschool on the Iraq War, (Irish Activists reflect on Experiences. What strategies are needed to continue effective anti-war activism?) at Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin from 12 noon-6pm.
Donations can be made by cheque to "Ploughshares Defence Fund", 134 Phibsborough Rd., Phibsborough, Dublin 7 or donate at any Bank of Ireland, Current A/C 80965573, Sort Code 900551, Electronic Transfer IBAN IE18BOFI90055118972983, Bic No./Switch Code BOFIIE2D. If you need to get in touch, contact or phone/text 087 918 4552.

Mediation NI move around corner
Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) have moved around a few corners to premises which have been developed to provide a range of accessible meeting and training services. The premises at 83 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP have been developed with the support of the Big Lottery, Peace 2, ECLOF & UCIT. The new office is open from 7th March. Other contact details remain the same; phone 028 9043 8614, e-mail and web htttp://
Wolf and Water theatre and arts group are running an open Creative Responses to Conflict training event on 10th and 11th March, cost £30, phone Witney at MNI for further details.

GG for D – Grassroots Gathering 9, in Dublin
This takes place from Friday 1st of April to Sunday 3rd of April at St Nicholas of Myra Community Centre, Carmens Hall, off Francis Street, Dublin 8 on the theme of The death of partnership - What now for grassroots activism? This Gathering aims to bring activists from different sectors together to compare our experiences as well as a wide range of workshops, video showings and social events. See for details or check on under the listing for Events, 1st April.

Meath Peace Group - “Where Do We Go From Here?”
Public meeting, all welcome, on Monday, 7th March 2005 in St. Columban’s College, Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath at 8pm with speakers: Paul Bew (Professor of Irish Politics, Q.U.B.), Sean Farren, M.L.A. (SDLP Assembly Member), and Jim Wells, M.L.A. (DUP Assembly Member) chaired by Michael Reade (Presenter, LMFM Radio). St. Columban’s College, Dalgan Park, is situated on the N3 (Dublin to Navan road), c. 3 miles south of Navan (bus route 109). The previous meeting in late February included Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern TD, discussing the future of the Good Friday Agreement. Meath Peace Group was founded in early 1993 with the aims of promoting understanding through dialogue. Apart from a number of other initiatives including a schools transition year programme, the group has held 53 public talks on the peace process and North-South issues. Contact or phone Julitta Clancy at 01 8259438.

Vanunu fun(d)raiser, Belfast
There will be a fundraising social and supper in Peace House, 224 Lisburn Road, Belfast on Friday 11th March at 8.00 p.m. to support nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu’s campaign for full freedom and for nuclear abolition. A Peace People delegation will join the UK Free Vanunu international delegation to Israel from 18th-22nd April when it is hoped that he will be given his unconditional freedom and allowed to leave Israel. If interested, contact Peace People, 224 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GE, phone 028 90663465, mobile 0773 6147713, e-mail For more information on Vanunu contact:

Making theatre on peace issues at Kilcranny
11th – 13th May sees an exciting peace theatre residency at Kilcranny House, Coleraine, run by Sole Purpose Productions in an intensive experiential training workshop which will make theatre on peace issues, offer skill training, rehearse and prepare small performance pieces and celebrate them with an invited audience. The cost is a nominal £25 [best offer this year – Ed]. It runs from 6pm on 11th to 2pm on 15th. Sole Purpose productions was formed in 1997 by Dave Duggan and Patricia Byrne and exists to bring the discourse of theatre and imagination to bear on social and public issues. No experience of theatre is required, but participants, aged 18 and over, need to be prepared to participate fully in an intensive event, involving some performance. To apply, please send a letter expressing your interest in and commitment to peace and reconciliation, and explain why you would like to participate in the production of a peace drama to: Lyn Moffett, Kilcranny House, 21 Cranagh Road, Coleraine, BT51 3NN. Tel: 028 7032 1816. Email: Closing date for applications is 1 May 2005.

Peace Brigades needs observers
Peace Brigades International is a human rights organisation which aims to help create a breathing space in conflict zones so that the civilian population may organise to defend its rights without fear of reprisals and violence. We are recruiting international observers to work in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Indonesia to protect organisations and individuals who have requested our involvement. You must be over 25 and fluent in the language of the country you attend to be an international observer and be able to make the minimum time commitment of 12-18 months. PBI is holding an orientation weekend for potential volunteers from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th of May at Jordans Youth Hostel, Beaconsfield, England. The Orientation Weekend is the first step in the preparation and training of potential PBI volunteers and provides an opportunity for those interested to explore the possibility of joining a volunteer team. The weekend runs from Thursday evening until Sunday afternoon and has a cost of £60 waged, £50 low-waged and £40 un-waged. If you are interested, please send us an email and we will send you an application form. Peace Brigades International (PBI)UK Section, 1b Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ, phone/fax 020 7 281 5370, e-mail: and web:

Man the research at INCORE
The recently-established Centre for Young Men's Studies is the latest research/practice institute to form an association with INCORE. The Centre will establish a body of knowledge that will increase our understanding of the place, position and behaviour of young men in Northern Ireland. Whilst the overall focus of the Centre will address issues affecting young men such as crime, education and mental health, the initial phase will concentrate on young men and violence in the context of a society emerging from a period of prolonged conflict. The Centre for Young Men's Studies is co-directed by Dr. Ken Harland and Sam McCready of the Community and Youth Work Department at the University of Ulster. See for more details. Simon Roughneen, UNU/INCORE Promotions Officer, Aberfoyle House, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Londonderry BT48 7JA, phone 028 71375504, web

Iraq occupation protests, March 19th / IAWM Forum Against War…
Look out for protests near you on Saturday 19th March as part of global protests against the ongoing occupation of Iraq. The Irish Anti-War Movement will be organizing a demonstration at 2pm at Parnell Square, Dublin. It is also more immediately organising a Forum Against War Occupation and Empire in Central Dublin with various events on
4th, 5th & 6th March, see the website at or e-mail or phone 01 8727912, 01 8727913, 01 87 6329511.

Community Relations Week, Living Life Without Barriers
7th – 13th March sees the third Community Relations Week put together by the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland, with events run by groups and organisations all over the place.. The full programme is available in printed form or on the (well presented) website and click on CR Week 2005 on the right. The monthly Information Bulletin and more occasional CRC News are also available there (you can sign up to their e-mail list). Community Relations Council, 6 Murray Street, Belfast, BT1 6DN, phone 028 9022 7500.

Afghan war still in the courts….
A judicial review of Ireland's participation in the US war in Afghanistan was heard in the Irish High Court from 8th February; the case was initiated over two years ago by Eoin Dubsky who joined with many others to protest against the US military overflights and refueling in Ireland. Unlike the Iraq war, the Irish government never sought the assent of the Dáil to allow Ireland's airspace and airports be used for American military flights relevant to the Afghanistan war. The result of the case is expected sometime in March; watch this space (who knows, general media might even carry it...).

Up to date from Friends of the Irish Environment
The Irish Papers Today (TITP) is a service offered by Friends of the Irish Environment. FoIE is a network created by conservationists in Ireland in order to monitor the full implementation of European environmental law, to work for changes in the Irish planning laws, and to pursue concerns and cases in both the built and the natural environment.
The Irish Papers Today is a selection of published news articles about the Irish environment available as a daily email sent to you each morning. [Source: Sustainable Ireland Network Bulletin ]

Canadian seal cull protest, Dublin
On March 15th the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will take their boats to the gulf of Newfoundland to peacefully try and stop the slaughter of over 1 million baby seals. On March 15th there will be demonstrations all over the world outside of Canadian Embassies and the one in Dublin will be at Canadian Embassy, Corner of St Stephens Green (over Bank of Scotland) from 12pm - 2pm (Please attend anytime between these hours. Contact: John Carmody, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), PO Box 722, Kildare, phone 087 627 5579, and e-mail:

Belfast networking group of INNATE meets the following dates; Mondays 14th March, 18th April, 16th May, 20th June, at 7.30 pm in 7 University Avenue, Belfast. Anyone interested welcome, come and plan the future, queries to 90 64 71 06


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