As the Irish government are co-guarantors of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement it is imperative that the Republic both politically and socially plays a supportive role in bringing a lasting peace to the island and ensuring that political violence is never tolerated again. Through this programme Glencree wishes to be a prominent civil society voice working for an all-island approach to the North’s problems and ensure that peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland continues to be raised in the South as issues vital to the future well-being of the whole island.
As part of this programme we have in 2015 rolled out, in partnership with The Junction, the Ethical and Shared Remembering training to over 20 people with an influence over and interest in how we should appropriately remember and commemorate the events of 100 years ago across the island.
We also had a very successful event at Glencree entitled ‘1916 and the Ethics of Memory’ at which President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins gave the opening address. This was attended by over 110 people from across the island with influence over how we commemorate key events of 1916, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. Read more on this here.
Aims of Project
To re-awaken in the Republic the importance of engaging in a positive and neighbourly manner with Northern Ireland on critical issues such as identity, legacy of violence, history and memory to help deepen reconciliation in Northern Ireland and across the island. We also seek to increase the realisation of our social, economic and cultural interdependence as a people of the island irrespective of its’ constitutional make up.