Global Peacebuilders Ireland 2015.

In the Summer of 2013, funded by a $300,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict hosted the inaugural Drew Institute for Religion and Conflict Resolution. CRCC Directors Christopher Taylor and Jonathan Golden welcomed renowned religious leaders to Drew University to engage in an interfaith dialogue and stimulate a desire to become an active peacebuilder.  Guest speakers included Ali Gomaa, former  Grand Mufti of Egypt, and Michael Melchior, chief rabbi of Norway and a former member of Knesset, and twenty four emerging young leaders from across the globe.

 

Our next project is to reunite some of those twenty-four young people in Ireland, and prepare them as trainers for peacebuilding in their communities. Our aim is to empower our participants with the skills to mentor and train peacebuilding in their own communities. Over a one-week intensive program in Ireland, these skills will be delivered in the following ways:

1: through the transfer of knowledge and skills from Northern Ireland’s political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates. Our guest speakers will include major actors of the Irish Peace Process, including Dr. Martin Manseragh and Mr. Don Mullan.

2: through field trips in the Republic of Ireland and  Northern Ireland, including Dublin City Interfaith Forum, Free Derry Museum, Gasworks Centre Derry,  Eniskillen, Rossnowlagh and Bundoran.

3: through intensive training workshops.

4: through participation in the Drew Transatlantic Connections Conference, as presenters and delegates at the Peace Studies Panels.

5: through dialogue with members of the communities that are part of the Ireland conflict resolution process.

6: through exposure to new and different cultural experience.

 

 

Sunday January 11th: Depart USA for Ireland

 

Monday January 12th: Arrive Dublin Airport & meet with group representatives.

Travel to Dublin Hotel for breakfast & check in.

1pm. Brunch & Introductory lecture on Ireland and history of modern conflict in Ireland.

2pm-5pm. Walking tour of Dublin City including sites of 1916 Rising and the Garden of Remembrance.

7pm  Reception and Launch of CRCC Global Peacebuilder Projects at Club Na Muinteoiri, Parnell Square.

Group will be the guests of the Irish National Teacher’s Organization for keynote address by a major participant of the Irish Peace Process (tbc).

 

Tuesday January 13th Dublin to Donegal

11am Tour of Kilmainham Jail

1pm Lunch & Tour of Newgrange Boyne Valley passage graves

5pm: Stop at Peace Statue, Belturbet (between Cavan in the Republic of Ireland and Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.

6pm: Stop in Eniskillen, Northern Ireland

7pm Arrive at campus accommodation in  Bundoran, County Donegal for dinner & icebreaker session

 

 

Wednesday January 14th  Day Trip to Derry City

Visit to Free Derry Museum, run by relatives of victims of Bloody Sunday.

Visit Bogside area, site of Bloody Sunday & Civil Rights Marches

Lunch at Gasworks Community Centre, Bogside.

Tour of Derry City Walls

Meetings with representatives of both communities in Derry/LondonDerry

Visit to Culturlann, centre for Irish culture & funded by cross-border

Reconciliation.

 

 

Thursday January 15th & Friday 16th Transatlantic Conference

9am-5pm On-site workshops with CRCC and guests from cross-border peacemaking forums & groups.

7pm Opening of Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference by Keynote speaker Don Mullan

Friday January 16th:

10am-5pm Peace Panels chaired by Professor Jonathan Golden. Participants present to an invited audience on conflict resolution programs and initiatives in their own communities.

 

 

Saturday 17th: Field Trip to Belfast.

Visit Falls Road, Shankhill Road, Peace Wall

Meet representatives from Loyalist and Nationalist Communities.

 

Evening: Final Gala evening to conclude program.

Presentation of Peacebuilder Award.

DEPART FROM DUBLIN SUNDAY 18th

 

 

 

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Sunday January 11th: Depart USA for Ireland

 

Monday January 12th:

Arrive Dublin Airport & meet with group representatives.

Travel to Dublin Hotel for breakfast & check in. .

2pm-5pm. Walking tour of Dublin City including National Museum, Yeats Exhibition, Georgian Dublin & a pint @ O’Donoghues!

 

7pm  Reception and Launch of CRCC Global Peacebuilders Project at Club Na Muinteoiri, Parnell Square.

Group will be the guests of the Irish National Teacher’s Organization for keynote address by a major participant of the Irish Peace Process

 

Tuesday January 13th Dublin to Donegal Tour of Kilmainham Jail

Lunch & Tour of Newgrange Boyne Valley passage graves

Stop at Peace Statue, Belturbet (between Cavan in the Republic of Ireland and Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.

Stop in Eniskillen, Northern Ireland

Arrive at accommodation in Bundoran, County Donegal

 

 

Wednesday January 14th  Day Trip to Derry City Visit to Free Derry Museum, run by relatives of victims of Bloody Sunday.

Visit Bogside area, site of Bloody Sunday & Civil Rights Marches

Lunch at Gasworks Community Centre, Bogside.

Tour of Derry City Walls

Meetings with representatives of both communities in Derry/LondonDerry   Visit to Culturlann

 

Thursday January 15th  Trip to Yeats Country: Poet W.B. Yeats, Painter Jack B. Yeats and sisters Lilly & Lolly Yeats are eternally associated with this area of Ireland. Today we will be guests of the Yeats Society in Sligo City, we visit the Yeats grave at Drumcliff, Parkes Castle, Glencar Waterfall and the Lake Isle of Inisfree.

 

 

Friday 16th Transatlantic Conference

Enjoy participating in the Drew University Transatlantic Conference- panels on Literature, History, Culture & Peace Studies.

 

Saturday 17th: Field Trip to Belfast.

Visit Falls Road, Shankhill Road, Peace Wall

Meet representatives from Loyalist and Nationalist Communities.

Evening: Final Gala evening to conclude program.

Presentation of Peacebuilder Award.

 

DEPART FROM DUBLIN SUNDAY 18th