Glencree Aiming to Become Leading Peace Centre in Ireland & Europe

  • British-Irish relations at most critical point in 50 years
  • Glencree to continue sharing peacebuilding expertise globally
  • Additional funding vital to support Republic’s only dedicated peace centre

Glencree, Ireland. 8 October 2018.  Glencree, the Republic of Ireland’s only centre dedicated to peace and reconciliation, today launched its annual report for 2017.  Glencree also announced plans today to help it become a leading centre for peace in Ireland and Europe.  These plans involve a number of strands including Glencree’s focus on sharing peacebuilding skills internationally.

Speaking at the launch of the 2017 Annual Report, CEO of Glencree Naoimh McNamee said:

“We are arguably at the most critical point in British-Irish relations in 50 years.  It is against this backdrop that Glencree is calling on key stakeholders in politics, media, business, education and civic society to do all that they can to promote peace, reconciliation and inclusivity on and between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain. “Since being established in 1974, we have developed unique skills in building peace.  Key to our success over the years is the understanding that peace is not a moment in time or a single action. Rather it is the persistent, focused, long-term and often challenging journey that communities must make so as to fashion something today that will prove a resilient beacon of hope and peace for the next generation.”

Glencree’s work to support peace in Northern Ireland throughout 2017 and during the current year has included addressing the legacy of violence suffered in Northern Ireland.  This has focused on supporting ‘back-channel’ conversations and events in quiet confidential spaces as well as holding Public Dialogue events on an all island basis where participants can share their experiences.

As well as work dedicated to continuing peace in Northern Ireland, Glencree in 2017 worked extensively with new communities who have made Ireland their home and to help them feel welcome and integrated through a series of community outreach events.  In addition, Glencree is supporting and empowering the next generation of young men and women in Ireland in the development of civic leadership.  This is achieved through Glencree’s popular Young Peacebuilders programme.

Welcoming publication of the annual report, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD, said:

“I welcome the launch of the 2017 annual report of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.  Glencree is a valued partner of my Department’s Reconciliation Fund, and the Centre brings a wealth of experience and a record of achievement in the vital work of furthering reconciliation on the island of Ireland in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement.

The report highlights the breadth of Glencree’s work in addressing conflict and its legacy, on the island of Ireland and internationally. From its Young Peacebuilders and Women’s programmes to its engagement with political and religious leaders, Glencree demonstrates that meaningful and sustained engagement across political and social divides can bring understanding, healing and reconciliation to those affected by the legacies of trauma and conflict in Ireland and around the world.”

In tandem with the publication of the Annual Report, Glencree is also launching a fundraising drive to support its work in peacebuilding.

Speaking about the fundraising drive, Glencree’s CEO, Naoimh McNamee said: “Our success could not be achieved without the support of the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade and the hardworking staff in his Department. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the Office of Public Works, who generously support our presence on the Glencree site.  However, despite this support, Glencree needs to raise additional funds to make ends meet, which we source through corporate, individual and philanthropic giving from people and organisations who believe in the work of Glencree and the wider peace and reconciliation movement.  We are asking for help to ensure that our dedicated staff and volunteers can continue to work quietly, and often under the radar, to provide real and lasting alternatives to war and violence.”

To make a donation to Glencree and support this important work, please go to

http://glencree.ie/donate/

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Copies of the Annual Report can be downloaded at:

www.glencree.ie

Media contact for interviews and additional information:

Alan Tyrrell, 086 850 8673

About Glencree:

Glencree (www.glencree.ie) was established in 1974 and works tirelessly to promote peace, reconciliation, and inclusivity on the islands of Ireland and Britain.  Glencree has worked throughout its history to share the lessons of the Irish peace process with war-torn countries all over the world.   Glencree’s purpose is to facilitate and empower people to work together to build positive relationships and public discourse.  Through this work we can increase our impact in achieving safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and disaster.