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Don’t mention racism: West Belfast Youth Talks Back at Féile an Phobail

DOYLE CatherineDon’t mention racism: West Belfast Youth Talks Back at Féile an Phobail
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
6 August 2014

This year’s West Belfast Talks Back had a diverse panel: Steven Corr (Sinn Féin), Julie Anne Corr (PUP), Anna Lo MLA (Alliance Party) and Sean Connolly (motivational speaker). The Upper Springfield Development Trust Participation Group organised the event as part of Féile an Phobail (Festival of the People). Yvette Hill (UTV) chaired the discussion, and she started by explaining that the three main areas of concern for the young people involved were education, racism and apathy.

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Ceasefire (Féile an Phobail)

DOYLE CatherineCeasefire (Féile an Phobail)
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
4 August 2014

In 1994, the IRA and the Combined Loyalist Military Command (CLMC) announced a ceasefire. Journalists Brian Rowan, Eamonn Mallie and Charlie Bird reported on those extraordinary statements. Twenty years on, they looked back in an event organised as part of the Féile an Phobail (Festival of the People).

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Quiet Peacemakers: An artistic celebratory exhibition by Susan Hughes

DOYLE CatherineQuiet Peacemakers: An artistic celebratory exhibition by Susan Hughes
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
23 June 2014

‘Quiet Peacemakers’ is a new exhibition of 35 portraits of those who have worked behind the public eye for peace in Northern Ireland. The series includes clergy members from a range of denominations, community activists and group workers; a Motley crew of individuals, but united in their peace-building work.

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Together in Pieces: Changing landscapes, changes mindsets

DOYLE CatherineTogether in Pieces: Changing landscapes, changes mindsets
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
19 June 2014

‘Together in Pieces: Changing landscapes, changes mindsets’ is a new film documenting the fluctuating backdrops of Northern Ireland. The infamous murals that have plagued both communities are being painted over into something more positive.

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Unspoken Love: Stories of Mixed Marriage in Northern Ireland

DOYLE CatherineUnspoken Love: Stories of Mixed Marriage in Northern Ireland
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
29 May 2014

‘Unspoken Love’ dramatises the experiences of two mixed marriage couples, Roley and Jo McIntyre, and Sharon and Stephen Gault. Organised by the Theatre of Witness Programme, the play is poignant, funny and inspiring. Performed at the Brian Friel Theatre, Teya Sepinuck (Artistic Director) explained that this is “people sharing their own true life stories”.

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Our Lives without You: Stories beyond the Legacy of the Ballymurphy Massacre

DOYLE CatherineOur Lives Without You: Stories Beyond the Legacy of the Ballymurphy Massacre
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
29 May 2014

It was a full house at Brian Friel Theatre that welcomed Alessia Cartoni’s new play to the stage. ‘Our Lives Without You’ tells the stories of the Ballymurphy Massacre. This was a series of killings of civilians by the British Army’s Parachute Regiment during 9-11 August 1971. The performers were all family members of the dead. Teya Sepinuck (Artistic Director of the Theatre of Witness) opened the event by explaining that the performance was about the “possibility of finding medicine”. Director Alessia Cartoni said that her play was about “bearing witness” to the personal accounts.

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I would have killed Wilhelm: Exploring the promise and pitfalls of compassion and forgiveness

DOYLE CatherineI would have killed Wilhelm: Exploring the promise and pitfalls of compassion and forgiveness in South Africa, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
19 May 2014

For an event that looks at conflict and forgiveness, the location of the old chapel in Crumlin Road Gaol was especially evocative. OrganiSed by INCORE and Beyond Walls, there were speakers from South Africa, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland.

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Everyone is my people: Audio memoirs from seven men from the WAVE Trauma Centre

DOYLE Catherine‘Everyone is my people’: Audio memoirs from seven men from the WAVE Trauma Centre
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
15 May 2014

The Theatre of Witness Programme, along with WAVE Trauma Centre, launched a new audio exhibit on 15th May at Duncairn Centre for Cultural Arts. ‘Everyone is my people’ consists of seven men’s experiences of the Troubles.

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93% say yes to Europe: Young people have their say with NI politicians

DOYLE Catherine93% say yes to Europe: Young people have their say with NI politicians
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
2 May 2014

Pupils gathered at Stormont on 2nd May for a European Union hustings event, to demand that their voices be heard by a panel of representatives from the SDLP, NI Conservatives, Green Party, DUP, Alliance, Sinn Fein, NI21 and UUP.

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The Business of Education: An IEF report launch

DOYLE CatherineThe Business of Education: An IEF report launch
by Catherine DOYLE for Northern Ireland Foundation
24 March 2014

“I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.” That was okay for Mark Twain, but Northern Irish pupils don’t have much chance of working towards a shared society with segregated schooling.