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Issue 146: February 2007

Mediation service launch by PRG
The Peace and Reconciliation Group (PRG) are pleased to announce the setting up a local Mediation Service in the city due to getting funding from Peace 11. The group will provide a comprehensive Mediation Service and a complete Conflict Management Training Programme from their offices at 18 / 20 Bishop Street, Derry / Londonderry. PRG’s mediators are carefully selected and trained. Michael Barr who is an accredited mediator and has just recently received his certificate from the Family Mediators Association has been appointed as Mediation Service Co-ordinator, The panel of Mediators can deliver / design accredited and non-accredited programmes for specific groups, organisations and from the business sector to suit their needs. There is normally a cost for the mediator’s time although in some circumstances the funding bodies may meet the cost. In respect of our training programmes, costs can be negotiated with respective groups. If you feel this service can be of any help to you please ring Michael Barr at the PRG office, 028 - 71 369206. PRG, 18/20 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6PW, website

Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) courses
Open access courses from Mediation Northern Ireland coming up include: Handling Life’s Conflicts (14th, 21st February), fee £240; Foundation Training in Mediation (OCN accredited Level 2, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March), £770; Handling Aggression (27th February), £175, appropriate to a variety of settings. Courses run from 9.30 – 4.30. For details and booking, contact Máire at MNI, 83 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP, ph 028 – 9043 8614 or e-mail Website

Quaker House Belfast: Moving, recruiting
When the project was established in 1982, Quaker House was situated in a quiet area where discrete meetings could be held. The work has developed considerably so it was felt time to move to premises more appropriate to current programme and, during the last 5 years, the area has changed dramatically. After lengthy discussions, the Quaker House Management Committee decided to move and relocate in a city centre office alongside other NGOs. This took place in early November 2007 and the Representative, Anne Bennett, is in the new office. The e-mail address has changed: Quaker House, 40 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BA. Ph 028- 90249293.

Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland - Quaker House Belfast project is looking for either one individual or for two people job sharing for up to 3 years with peacebuilding experience of post conflict situations and of Northern Ireland. Further information is available from Closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 28th February 2007.

Power and the Other
Dublin Peace Committee’s 2nd seminar is on ‘Power and the Other’, at Irish School of Ecumenics, 683 Antrim Road, Belfast on Saturday 24th February, starting at 10.00 with coffee, 10.20 first speaker, ending 4.15 pm. Speakers: Dr. Mamoun Mobayed, psychiatrist lecturing at Queen's University Belfast, Chair of NI Muslim Family Organisation and Chair of NI Interface Forum; Martina Weitsch, Quaker Council for European Affairs, Brussels, Belgium; Mannete Ramali, Ambassador of Lesotho. Speakers will each approach the relationship of a minority group to a larger group and how they approach such a situation from their own experience and needs. For more information: Sean McCrum, phone: 01 (00 353 1 from North) - 679 3279, email:

Shell to Sea rallies
There is a national day of support on Friday 16th February at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo to show the support of the country for the community of Erris in its opposition to Shell; see website at and click on ‘Protests and events’. There will be buses from Dublin and Belfast. There is a national demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 23th February at 2 pm, assembling at Parnell Square. The website includes a list of contacts around the country.

Afri: ‘Politics of moral force’, climate change
Afri recently published a short, 16 page (A5) pamphlet entitled “The Politics of Moral Force – Davitt and Saro-Wiwa”, written by Mark Garavan. It is available at €3 (€2 goes to Shell to Sea campaign, €1 for publishing costs). They are organising an event for young people, ‘(Re)Thinking action on climate change’ from 11 – 4 on Wednesday 14th March at the Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar. Dublin; details from the Afri office. Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, ph. 01 – 8827581, e-mail; and website

Corrymeela: website, events, couple wanted
Corrymeela’s website at gives a full run down on upcoming open events at the Ballycastle Centre and at Knocklayd, including a retreat on ‘The Two Sides of St Patrick’ from 16th – 18th March, and ‘Radical Love’, 18th – 20th May for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities; the Knocklayd programme includes a wide variety of events. You can also sign up on the website to receive e-mail news from Corrymeela. Corrymeela are also requiring a new resident volunteer couple for Knocklayd starting in August 2007 -contact Anne McDonagh at 028 9050 8080 or by e-mail at ‘Friends of Corrymeela’, who pay a minimum subscription of £24/€36/$40 waged or £12/€18/$20 unwaged, receive ‘Corrymeela’ magazine 3 times a year. Corrymeela, 8 Upper Crescent, Belfast BT7 1NT.

Norn Iron group at Faslane: 5 arrested
The Belfast-based Make Trident History group provided the core for a Northern Ireland expedition to Faslane Trident missile base in early December. Despite some atrocious weather, the group made their mark in different ways, including a lock-on lie down protest on the road near the main, South Gate. Five people were arrested for ‘breach of the peace’ (beside a nuclear missile base!) and held overnight as a result of the lock on: Ann Patterson, Philip Mangold, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Miriam Turley and Mark Chapman, but, like the vast majority of blockaders they have not been charged. The group will be returning – get in touch. E-mail or ph. 0773 – 7819569; the Faslane 365 website is at

‘Making peace with the past’ open meetings
Healing Through Remembering and its Truth Recovery & Acknowledgement Sub Group are hosting a series of open meetings to facilitate a wide and informed discussion on options for truth recovery following the publication of Making Peace with the Past: Options for truth recovery regarding the conflict in and about Northern Ireland The meetings will consist of a brief presentation on the report followed by an open discussion session. All are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

Dates for the meetings as follows:

  • Belfast meeting took place 5th February; Monday 12th February.
  • Armagh, St. Patrick's Trian @ 7pm; Tuesday 20th February.
  • Newry, Newry Arts Centre @ 7pm;Tuesday 27th February.
  • Dungannon, Community Relations Council @ 7pm; Monday 5th March.
  • Ballymena, Seven Towers Leisure Centre @ 7:45pm; Tuesday 13 March.
  • Omagh, Tara Centre @ 7pm.

More dates to be announced. Healing Through Remembering, Alexander House, 17A Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD, ph.28 9023 8844, Email: and Website:

A shared future with Meath Peace Group
The next meeting is on Monday 12th February at 8 pm: ‘A Shared Future: challenges for interface areas’, venue St Columban’s College, Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath. Speakers from Institute for Conflict Research, Belfast, Belfast Interface Project, Ulster Political Research Group and Intercomm (North Belfast). For further details: contact or phone 01 – 8259438. See also website:

Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE); comings and forthcomings
There is a wide variety of news from the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) where new appointments in the last year have included Dr Terry Duffy to International Peace Studies and Dr Gladys Ganiel to Reconciliation Studies; Eileen Gallagher is working part-time as an Inter-Church Fora Field Officer with the Education for Reconciliation programme in the North.

The ISE Trust is appointing an Executive Secretary for a 3-year fixed period to develop relationships between the Irish School of Ecumenics and individuals, churches and other bodies dedicated to ecumenism, reconciliation and peace, both in Ireland and abroad, and to develop and oversee its fund-raising activities. Management experience at a senior level is a requirement and the closing date is 23rd February. Queries to or ph. 01-2601144, ext. 101.

Forthcoming international events include Globalisation and Ethics seminars, in Dublin on 21st - 23rd February when speakers include François Houtart and Lieve Troch. From 3rd – 5th July, The European Slave Trade: Character, Causes, Challenges conference will take place in TCD. Website

The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim
Located at Rossinver, 8 miles from Manorhamilton, and established in 1995, the Organic Centre aims to provide training, information and demonstrations of organic gardening, growing, farming and sustainable living. It has a wide variety of different kinds of gardens, a wetland sewage disposal system, a shop with seasonal plants, vegetables, tools and a mail order seeds sale, and also houses The Grass Roof Café , which is open at weekends and organises food events throughout the year.

The Centre is open all year round from 10am to 5pm, except Christmas and New Year. Admission charge for the gardens and events (from 19th March to 30th September) is €5 adults, children and Friends free, €3 concessions. As well as more than 120 courses on growing and soil fertility and rotation, there are courses on ecological housing, sustainable energy, relearning lost skills, and a conscientious lifestyle. Some courses are run in Co Clare especially for people in the south of the country and also in Co. Wicklow. Course fees in Leitrim are typically €85 for a day. Educational tours for groups can be booked on request. A full programme is available free on request; or you can visit their well-designed website at which includes an order form which can be downloaded. You can support the work in The Organic Centre by becoming a friend, annual individual membership €30.

The Organic Centre organizes Community Food Projects in conjunction with the HSE in the Northwest and Peace and Environment Projects funded by Peace II Programme Cross-Border Consortium. More information available from the project Coordinator Hans Wieland at the centre.

Contact: The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim. Tel: 071 - 98 54338, fax 071 - 98 54343, and e-mail


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