Over the next eight weeks in Fitzroy’s evening programme we will be looking at four key books in understanding social, spiritual and political context that we live in in N. Ireland.
APRIL 24th in FITZROY at 7pm
Politics and Peace in Northern Ireland - Political Parties and the Implementation of the 1998 Agreement.
Politics and Peace in Northern Ireland is a penetrating and accessible examination of the post-settlement experience of a region widely regarded as an international beacon of the possibilities of peace. Drawing on extensive original research, this book explains the promise and limits of the Good Friday Agreement. It also explores post-Agreement Northern Ireland through the eyes of each of the five main political parties and reflects on the likely direction of parties and politics in the future.
In the book, author Dr Mitchell (Associate Professor at Irish School of Ecumenics) provides a fresh theoretical account of the conflict and post-1998 politics which foregrounds how the ‘extremes’ sustained and nurtured each other and shows how and why unionists’ and nationalists’ mutual insecurities repeatedly derailed peace implementation.
MAY 22nd in FITZROY at 7pm
CAPTURED BY A VISION
Fitrzoy’s minister emeritus has a tale to tell. Ken’s journey to peace maker is a personal journey of critiquing his upbringing and finding the peace making calling of the Gospel. The personal journey is set in a Belfast in conflict and violence. Ken shares the experience of bombs going off around him as he prepared to leave N. Ireland for Indonesia, then how he returned to bring attempt reconciliation to his country. Winning the prestigious Pax Christi Peace Prize with Fr Gerry Reynolds from Clonard is an indication of how his contribution is seen across the world. This is his story. Well worth hearing.
JUNE 5th in FITZROY at 7pm
TRANSFORMING POST CATHOLIC IRELAND
Gladys is Research Fellow at the Queens University of Belfast Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.
This is the first major book to explore the dynamic religious landscape of contemporary Ireland, north and south, and to analyse the character of Ireland’s religious transition. It confirms that the Catholic Church’s long-standing ‘monopoly’ has well and truly disintegrated, replaced by a complex religious ‘market’ featuring new and growing expressions of Protestantism, as well as a range of non-Christian religions.
JUNE 12th in CLONARD MONASTERY at 7pm
UNFINISHED PEACE - PART 2
Brian Rowan is a critically acclaimed journalist and author and spoke in Fitzroy back in March and the discussion was so important that he is back by public demand - this time in Clonard Monastery.
Amazon describes the book -
"In this landmark book, veteran journalist and commentator Brian Rowan explores a still unfinished peace in Northern Ireland, examining the conflict period with the benefit of hindsight and highlighting the issues which still dominate our present.He is assisted by a ground breaking collection of newly written accounts from key individuals including public figures, loyalists and republicans, those working behind the scenes, and the ordinary people who have experienced loss and hurt.Beginning with the Shankill bombing of 1993, this book takes a fresh look at the IRA and Loyalist ceasefires of 1994, the Docklands bomb, the Good Friday Agreement and the genesis of the dissident republican campaign. It addresses ongoing concerns such as the prisoners and the Disappeared, and traces a path through the endless consultations and political talks Eames/Bradley, Haass/O Sullivan and Stormont House negotiations. Like the most recent Fresh Start agreement, they were designed, but failed, to create a mechanism to address legacy issues and the archiving of the past.Above all, this is a book about individuals, a book which goes deeper than recording the big gestures and carefully choreographed steps of the public face of the peace process."