Glencree Peace Walk 2018

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

The second Glencree Peace Walk will take place on Sunday 23 September (1 pm) to raise much-needed funds for the work of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. It consists of an easy 10 kilometre walk along the Wicklow Way between Glencullen and Glencree.
 
Walkers will gather at the Glencree Peace Centre (where there is ample parking) and will be brought by bus to and from the start and finish. Refreshments will be provided afterwards at the Centre.
 
Please join us on this walk to raise funds for Glencree's important work for peace at home and abroad, and/or sponsor one of the walkers.
 
Prospective walkers should
1.  set up a personal fund-raising page on the everydayhero crowd-funding site by going to
www.everydayhero.com/ie and clicking in the 'Start fundraising' box
2. put personalised name in Page Title box, e.g. Siobhan's Glencree Peace Walk 2018
3. put Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Charity box
4. fill in other boxes
5. create with email
6. follow other simple everydayhero instructions
 
People wishing to make donations should
1. put Glencree Peace Walk in the search box in everydayhero.com/ie
 2. donate either via the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation page or walkers' individual pages
 
 
Why should you support Glencree?
As the world becomes a more dangerous place, the work of Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, the Republic of Ireland's only peace centre, becomes even more important. It played an important role in the Northern Ireland peace process, bringing the warring sides together for numerous confidential face-to-face meetings. It has shared the lessons of the Irish peace process with people in war-torn countries all over the world. We now also work with people suffering from the legacy of conflict, women in conflict areas, refugees, young Muslims and other affected groups.
 
Glencree, founded in 1974 and situated in a beautiful valley in the Wicklow Mountains, is the Republic of Ireland's only peace and reconciliation centre. It played an role in the Northern Ireland peace process, bringing the warring sides together for numerous confidential face-to-face meetings between 1994 and 2007.
 
Glencree has shared the lessons of the Irish peace process with people in war-torn countries all over the world: from Israel/Palestine to Colombia, Sri Lanka to Liberia, Afghanistan to Haiti. It has brought volunteers from more than 40 countries to Ireland to learn about peacemaking.
 
Today Glencree's main work and focus is on:
 
·         Working with groups and individuals who have been particularly traumatised by the violence of the Northern Ireland 'Troubles', losing family members and other loved ones. It is estimated that there were around 40,000 violent incidents in the North during the period 1968-1998.
·         Providing peace education courses to school and university students all over Ireland, teaching them about working to overcome conflict, exploring identities and diversity, and developing leadership skills.
·         Working with women in disadvantaged communities on both sides of the divide in Northern Ireland so that their voices can become a powerful weapon to help combat the culture of silence and fear that is so prevalent in that society.
·         Promoting the integration into Irish society of refugees and other vulnerable migrants through a programme of inter-cultural dialogue that listens to their largely unheard voices and combats racism and xenophobia.
·         Working with young Muslims in Ireland and Europe, many of whom have been largely abandoned by their host societies, to provide them with opportunities to give purpose to their lives by actively contributing to those societies.
·         Finalising plans for an ambitious expansion of the beautiful Glencree site, to include refurbished accommodation alongside the popular Armoury cafe, a peace and remembrance garden, and a greatly expanded interactive visitor centre and exhibition/ conference space.
 
Glencree funds its activities from an Irish government grant, the EU Peace programme, charitable trusts and donations from the public. At a time when the Northern Irish peace process is stalled and extreme nationalism and insecurity are growing around the world, public support for Glencree's vital peacebuilding work has never been more needed.