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Dawn Train

Number 171: July 2009 (Supplement)

Please note this is a short supplement with mainly time-limited information, not a full issue (the next one will appear at the start of September)

Irish climate camp

The first Irish climate camp will take place this August in County Offaly. The climate camp will focus attention on the highly polluting turf/peat fired power stations. Inspired by demonstrations throughout the world, ‘Climate Camp: Action for Social Justice’ will commence on Saturday, August 15th and culminate with a mass action for climate justice on the following Saturday, August 22nd. The camp, to take place in Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly, will be a focal point for the creation of a movement in Ireland that resists the structures that have caused the climate crisis and demands justice for affected communities, both at home and abroad. The camp aims to take direct action against the root causes of climate change, create a space for education, demonstrate sustainable living and build a movement for climate and social justice. The organisation of the camp is based on principles of direct democracy, consensus decision making, inclusion, co-operation and the full participation of all those who attend. There will be practical workshops and seminars open to all free of charge on a wide range of topics. For further details see  or for directions and information call 087 - 132 0240.

That’s gas! Afri fundraiser for Rossport work

A night of Words and Music in aid of Afri's Rossport work will take place at The Sugar Club, Lower Lesson Street, Dublin, at 8pm, Thursday 6th August 2009 with Paula Meehan, Dermot Bolger (plus sons), Jinx Lennon, Members of Kila, Donal O'Kelly and Sorcha Fox, Pom Boyd, Gina Moxley, Vincent McGrath and Pat O'Donnell of Rossport. Tickets €20.00 – Booking ph 01 - 8827563. Organised by Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7,  

ASAP in Belfast

What can we all do to live As Sustainably as Possible (ASAP)? Join Baglady Lewis and friends on the 21st August to create lively discussion using OpenSpace about where we go from here. Sustainable living event with a twist, 10.30 -4.30, Friday 21st August 2009, Stranmillis College, Belfast. Followed by a creative dancing workshop. Lunch provided. Children welcome. RSVP by Monday 11th August 2009 to  or ph. 028 9066 1006. More information is available on the Baglady website at  

Hiroshima Day in Dublin

Irish CND will hold its annual Hiroshima Day commemoration on Thursday 6th August, the 64th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, at 1.00 p.m. at the memorial cherry tree in Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Irish CND can be reached by email at  or by post at P.O. Box 6327, Dublin 6.

Hiroshima commemoration Kilkenny, 8th August

An event for global nuclear disarmament and celebration of life takes place at the Peace Park (near City Library), John’s Quay, Kilkenny, on Saturday 8th August from 12 – 4pm. The programme includes a living peace sign, singing by Patricia Bourke, spiritual singing from Amma-Ireland, children’s art workshop, spontaneous writing booth, the story of uranium in Congo, and face painting. It is organised by the World March for Peace and Nonviolence in association with Amnesty International and Amma Ireland. Enquiries to Krisztina at 085 – 1261287 or Gerard at 085 – 1422837, see  and  

For more information about the World March for Peace and Nonviolence which will start from New Zealand on the 2nd October, Gandhi's Birthday, and arrive in Argentina 2nd January 2010, see the above websites [and Nonviolent News will carry more information in future issues].

Irish Peace Centres, Belfast event

The Irish Peace Centres are organising a series of seminars on issues relating to peace-building and reconciliation; the next one is planned for Friday, 4th September in Belfast. The confirmed speaker is Professor Kenneth Bush, who has recently moved from University in Canada to INCORE in Magee College. He is one of the leading experts on PCIA i.e. peace and conflict impact assessment, and specifically on the "Aid to Peace" model, selected to be the monitoring and evaluation model for all EU PEACE III projects. Someone who knows him described him as an "entertaining and iconoclastic speaker". Details of the venue, times, booking application forms will be circulated in early August. Places will be limited. For further information and to register an interest contact Paddy Logue, Research Coordinator for Irish Peace Centres on

International Day of Peace/
International Day of Prayer for Peace

Each year Pax Christi International member organisations join thousands of other organisations worldwide to mark the UN International Day of Peace, 21st September, also as an International Day of Prayer for Peace. This initiative, launched by the World Council of Churches as part of its Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010), calls on churches and communities all over the world to arrange services or vigils on 21st September. The WCC provided “Services for International Prayer for Peace Day” to be used on Sunday 20th September 2009. Additional details are available at  This year, the United Nations will use this important day to ask Governments and citizens of the world to focus on the important issues of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Pax Christi International will work to raise awareness of the true costs and dangers of nuclear weapons. See also

The 25th birthday celebration of Tools For Solidarity

The celebration will take place in Belfast from Thursday 24th September 2009 till Saturday 26th September. The festivities will include the following: Thursday Eve: Powerful Pub Quiz. Friday: Wonderful Workshop Open Day + Big Benefit Gig. Saturday: Super Scavenger Hunt. Please let us know if you will be attending. Please also let us know as soon as possible if you need accommodation during the weekend. Belfast Residents: If you can offer accommodation your help would be most appreciated! Contact by e-mail  or phone 028 - 90747473. Tools for Solidarity, Unit 1B1, Edenderry Industrial Estate, 326, Crumlin Rd, Belfast BT14 7EE.

Glencree Summer School, 29th-30th August

“What the South Needs to Hear – What the North Needs to Say” is the topic of this year’s Glencree Summer School, taking place from 29th-30th August, 2009 - an opportunity to listen, discuss and reflect on the issues facing peacebuilders in the new Northern context, with informed speakers, a friendly atmosphere, and the beauty of the Wicklow hills. Full details on the programme and cost (€150 or €100 non-residential, there are a limited number of bursaries) can be found on the Glencree website at  To book a place fill out the registration form on the website and return by e-mail to  or post to the address below. The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, ph 01-2829711.

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