Belfast PEACE IV

Reconciling Our Differences

Location: Skainos Centre

Date: Thursday 9th June 2022

Time: 11am – 1pm

Cost: Free

This event is an opportunity to learn and discuss how the only true path to peace in Northern Ireland is through the reconciliation of our differences. Professor Morrow will discuss his research in this field and the speakers will discuss their experiences and the challenges of reconciling differences with those who have inflicted deep hurt and pain. The target audience of this event is for everyone interested in peacebuilding and building positive relations.

This event will be led and facilitated by Professor Duncan Morrow, a Lecturer in politics who has published widely in the fields of conflict resolution, Northern Ireland politics and the relationship between religion and politics.  Duncan’s recent publications include Reconciliation and After in Northern Ireland: The Search for a Political Order in an Ethnically Divided Society (in Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism (2017:1)), ‘Violence Unveiled’ (in Kirwan M and Hidden, S. ed ‘Mimesis and Atonement, Bloomsbury 2017), and Public Attitudes to Peace Walls in Northern Ireland (with J. Byrne and C. Gormley-Heenan (2016).

Professor Morrow will be joined by Kathleen Gillespie – Kathleen will courageously share her family’s story of extreme trauma, and how she has fought hard to salvage peace from pain.  Her husband Patsy was killed in an IRA bomb he was forced to drive to an army checkpoint at Coshquin, in October 1990.  Patsy and five soldiers were killed.

This event will also discuss further personal insights from those pursuing reconciliation.

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