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Dawn Train

Issue 132: September 2005

PRG Trainings, new staff, Michael Doherty brought to book
Dates for the Peace and Reconciliation Group 2005 Autumn/Winter Training Session are the following:

  • Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills (OCN level 2, 3 credits),Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November 2005;
  • Intermediate Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills (OCN Level 3, 6 Credits), Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th, November 2005;
  • Exploring Diversity: Facilitating Community Relations Work (OCN Level 3, 12 Credits), Fridays 30th September through to 2nd December 2005;
  • Citizenship, Social, Civic and Political Education (OCN level 2, 6 Credits), Wednesdays 14th September, 21st September, 28th September, 5th October, 12th October, and 19th October 2005.

The new staff on board are Jim Crothers, who has responsibility for coordinating the training programme, facilitating training courses and project work, and has been involved in community development/relations for ten years in both a voluntary and employed capacity; Silvia Mussano is the new Training Projects Officer, she is also an INCORE associate research student and has been very active in the area of citizenship education, serving as a consultant for citizenship education in secondary schools in Italy, among other involvements.

Meanwhile Michael Donerty’s “Another Lifeline – Community Relations and Citizenship: A Facilitator’s handbook” (176 pages, A4, £10, ISBN 1 873832 17 6) was launched in the spring and is a detailed resource in the area and includes fifty worksheets and other detailed material. It is published by YES! Publications, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6PW, ph 028 71261941, e-mail
Contact: Peace & Reconciliation Group, 18/20 Bishop Street, L’Derry BT48 6PW, Tel: 028 71369206, e-mail and web

Mediation Northern Ireland courses
Open courses coming up from Mediation Northern Ireland include the following:

Negotiation Skills (‘Principled negotiation skills’) on Wednesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd November (OCN accreditation); Handling Life’s Conflicts (how to handle difficult situations more effectively in workplace, home and general life) on Saturdays 12th and 19th November;

  • Handling aggression (staying safe and reducing the threat of violence) on Wednesday 8th February 2006;
  • Foundation Training in Mediation, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February 2006 and Thursdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March 2006 (OCN accreditation);
  • Advanced workshop (for advanced practitioners in mediation and conflict resolution) with Brendan McAllister, Monday 6th March 2006.

Fuller details are available in a leaflet available from MNI on Open Access Training; MNI are also happy to look at customised training for your organisation or group. MNI, 83 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP, e-mail and website or phone 028 – 9043 8614.

Poppy out for one
It’s not long now to the ‘remembrance’ season in this part of the world, and for those who wish to display a symbol of opposition to war itself, the white poppy is a key symbol. They are available from the Peace Pledge Union office in London in a variety of sizes of packs, along with other resources including an interactive CD, ‘Voices for Peace’ which includes looking at beliefs about war through changing attitudes to remembrance day and other material (UK£12.50). Poppies cost UK£0.60 each for less than five, £3 for 5, £6 for 10, £12.50 for 25 and £40 for 100, minimum order £3 and p & p £2. PPU, 1 Peace Passage, London N7 0BT, ph 0870 770 7944, fax 0870 770 7945, e-mail and web

CPEP goes out with a publish
The Churches Peace Education Programme (CPEP) (see NN 130) has come to the end of its current programmes, and an event at the end of August saw a celebration of its 27 years and launch of a short history. “A Celebration of the Churches’ Peace Education Programme 1978 – 2005” by Elaine Hall (36 pages, available from CPEP) which looks at the innovative work done in the period. In addition, “Little Pathways for Teachers – A guide to emotional literacy in the primary classroom”, also by Elaine Hall, will be available to schools and interested parties from the end of September. A new and revised edition of “People who need people – All kinds of people in all kinds of places” by Norman Richardson is also just being published in association with Stranmillis University College; this is ‘A flexible resource for Personal Development and Religious education at key Stage 2 / Upper Primary (age range 9 – 11)’. Originally published in 1995, the new edition is 112 pages, A4, and available from CPEP (which will have an office presence for another couple of months) or from Norman Richardson at Stranmillis University College, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5DY, enquire about price. CPEP, 48 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT9 6AZ, phone 028 – 9066 3145, e-mail

Kerry Earth Day
This year it’s on Saturday 17th September from 10 am – 4 pm, in Miltown, Co. Kerry with the theme of Nurturing food. Guest Speaker: Fr. Sean McDonagh SSC (Author/Campaigner). There will be workshops on Permaculture: Designing a natural landscape to yield an abundance of food, fibre & energy and on Living Food: Using raw plant food in a tasty way to achieve exceptional health. In addition the day will include: a visit to the Organic Market, time for lunch (can be bought on the day), meditation, the opportunity to learn about composting, fairtrade & related courses/activities to help us live lightly, joyfully & responsibly on our planet. Cost: Adults €20; Children €10 Euro (payable at Registration, includes tea/ coffee). Venue: Presentation Secondary School, Miltown (beside Organic Market); Registration (for the day): 10am. Further info from the Organisers: Diocesan Justice, Peace & Creation Committee, c/o Sylvia Thompson, Knockavinane, Ballymacelligott, Tralee. 066-7137484 & Mary O’Riordan, Miltown Organic Market 066-9767869 (10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday).

The war on Iraq comes home
On Thursday 8th September at 7.30pm in Wynns Hotel, Lower Abbey St. Dublin, Rose Gentle, the mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq, will address a public meeting entitled 'The War Comes Home'. Rose's son, Gordon Gentle, was killed on June 28th 2004 by a roadside bomb in Basra, Iraq. The meeting is organised by the Dublin Catholic Worker Movement. Five Catholic Workers are facing trial in Dublin's Four Courts on October 24th 2005 for disarming a US Navy plane at Shannon Airport before the outbreak of the Iraq war. See Mrs. Gentle, 40, from Pollok in Glasgow, stood against Britain's Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram in the British General election last May. She campaigned to bring British troops home from Iraq and won 1,513 votes. She recently helped launch a legal bid to secure an independent inquiry in Britain into the legality of the conflict. Other speakers on the night will include Catholic Worker anti-war defendant Ciaron O'Reilly and Gustavo Barbosa. More Information on Public Meeting: Contact Damien 087 9638398.

Meanwhile the gearing up for the next trial is under way and support is needed, phone 087 918 4552 or e-mail A 35-minute DVD/video of the March trial is available price €10 in Ireland, £10 UK, elsewhere enquire, makes cheques payable to ‘Ploughshares Defence Fund’, 518 South Circular Road, Rialto, Dublin 8. There are Dublin benefit gigs on Thursday 19th September and Thursday 13th October at the Lower Deck, and other benefit/solidarity events will take place elsewhere – look out or set one up (speakers available). The weekly anti-war vigil at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin continues from 4pm – 6pm on Mondays, and there is open house at the Catholic Worker house every Sunday evening from 6pm, contact 087 918 4552.

Iraq, Palestine, Shannon
In solidarity with the United for Peace and Justice organisation in the USA, which is organizing a major anti-war demonstration in Washington, Saturday 24th September will see an anti-war festival at Shannon airport and a vigil at the USA Embassy in Dublin (starting at 2 pm) with the theme “End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Stop the use of Shannon by US troops”. This is organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), the NGO Peace Alliance, and the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM). Look out for full details. PANA, Dalkey Business Centre, 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin, ph 01 – 235 1512, e-mail and web Subscriptions to PANA are €35 waged, €10 unwaged (standing order forms available on request).

ICR Reports including on sectarian violence in NI
“No Longer a Problem? Sectarian violence in Northern Ireland” is the third report on hate crime sponsored by OFMDFM from the Institute for Conflict Research, written by Neil Jarman. This valuable 64 page report provides both analysis and recommendations and is available online in PDF format Other recent reports by ICR, also available in PDF format, are on “Interface Issues – An annotated bibliography” (also available in paper copy from ICR or Belfast Interface Project) and “Young People’s Attitudes and Experiences of Policing, Violence and Community Safety in North Belfast” Institute for Conflict Research, North City Business Centre, 2 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GG, Ph 028 9074 2682, email: and web

ICHR Conference on Reframing Islam: Politics into Law
The Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland's two day conference on the 10-11 September 2005, Reframing Islam: Politics into Law, will explore the multifaceted nature of Islam, both its political, social, cultural and religious dimensions and how these, ultimately, impact and shape law. Day one of this two-day conference will examine the political, social, and cultural components of Islam. Day two will focus on some of the international legal and normative questions to flow from Islam, with prominent speakers. Further information about the conference can be found at the dedicated website: (it will include papers in due course). ICHR, NUI Galway, Galway, ph 091 – 493948, e-mail and web:

You Just Have to Laugh
Following the success of ‘You still have to Laugh’ in January of this year, this popular event is back on Sunday September 18th at 8.00 p.m. in the ‘Sugar Club’, Leeson Street, Dublin. Leading Irish writers, Roddy Doyle, Pat McCabe, Marian Keyes, Dermot Healy, Arthur Riordan and Donal O’Kelly will read from their work with music by The Shannon Colleens and special guest Gringo. Afri – Action from Ireland, have been working for Justice, Peace and Human Rights for 30 years. September 2005 marks the 30th anniversary of Afri and leading Irish writers join us to celebrate and fundraise for our work. Tickets are €25.00 each and can be purchased from Afri at 134 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. Ph. 01 8827563 email: Advance purchase of tickets is strongly advised.

PBI volunteers needed
Peace Brigades International are recruiting international observers to work in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Indonesia to protect organisations and individuals who have requested 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 29th of September to Sunday 2nd of October in England (cost £60 waged, £50 unwaged); 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. For an information pack visit the website Peace Brigades International (PBI)
UK Section, 1b Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ, Ph/Fax: 020 7 281 5370, e-mail: and web

War is a crime against humanity
‘War is a Crime Against Humanity. The Story of The War Resisters' International’ is a new book by Devi Presad telling the story of the War Resisters International (WRI) ISBN 0-903517-20-5. 560 pages, 67 photos. Publication date: 21 October 2005. Advance orders (before 20 October 2005): £18.00 plus postage (then £28.00 plus postage), available from the WRI webshop. Devi Presad himself took a leading role in widening WRI's work towards nonviolence social change for a world without war, and his history covers the first 53 years of the 84 year old organisation. War Resisters' International, 5 Caledonian Road - London N1 9DX, ph 020-7278 4040, fax 020-7278 0444, email and web

The main Glencree Centre for Reconciliation e-mail address has been changed to: Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, Glencree, Co Wicklow, phone 01 – 2829711, and web

Nonviolence training manual from Australia
A valuable new addition to training materials (‘Trainers’ Resource Manual’, 209 pages) is available online Paper copies are also available. Pt’chang Nonviolence Training Project, PO Box 2172MDC Fitzroy VIC 3065 Australia, Ph/fax: +613 9415 6642 e-mail and web


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