Thirty hardy people braved the rain and wind to attend Glencree’s Open Day on the 6th December.

Fortified by mulled wine and mince pies, Kieran and Val led the curious and intrepid explorers on a tour of the Glencree site while the less adventurous preferred to remain indoors savouring the warmth and chatting with each other.

Chair of the Glencree Board, Barbara Walshe welcomed everyone to Glencree, CEO Will Devas outlined Glencree’s current work and plans for the future, he was followed by Eamon Rafter who talked about his work with young people across the island and Carol Ganly, Café Manager shared her optimism about increasing the use of Glencree’s accommodation which had gone up significantly in the previous twelve months.

Aisling O’Callaghan, Glencree’s Development and Communication’s Executive emphasised the importance of making Glencree sustainable and asked people to contact her if they were interested in supporting Glencree, not just financially but as a member or volunteer.

Andy Pollak, journalist and Board member facilitated a lively discussion on Glencree’s role in reconciliation, its current role in helping to deal with the legacy of the past and its future work with new and diverse communities coming to Ireland.  Chair of the Board, Barbara Walshe concluded the evening by promising to have many more opportunities for discussion between Glencree and the public in 2016.

Many thanks to John Power of Garden County Radio who covered our event and recorded this piece for us.