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Conference | The Primacy of Peace

Promoting Understanding and Dialogue through the Collections of the Primates of All-Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames (1986 – 2006) and Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich (1977 – 1990)

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Market Place Theatre
9 Market Street
BT61 7BW

Free | Lunch included

Preliminary programme: topics awaiting confirmation

Morning Session


Dance to the Tune of Life. Lessons in Dialogue from the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement
Adjunct Professor Philip McDonagh
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University

Afternoon Session


The Origins of the Peace Process
Professor Ian McBride
Foster Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College


Correspondence between Cardinal O’Fiaich and Gusty Spence
Dr Brian Lambkin
First Director of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies and author

Cardinal O’Fiaich and John Hume
Dr Thomas Dolan
Senior Editor, British Online Archives

The churches’ role before and at the time of the Good Friday Agreement
Professor Gladys Ganiel
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast

Chairperson of the Panel

Susan McKay
Irish writer and journalist


Reflecting back and looking forward

Archbishop Eamon Martin
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

Archbishop John McDowell
Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

William Gelling
NIO Director with responsibility for political strategy

Eleanor Farrell
Director for Engagement, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland

Chairperson of the Panel

Mark Devenport
Freelance Journalist, Broadcaster and Commentator