The Churches in Ireland from Plantation to Partition and the Emergence of Two Irish States: 1600-1950

This virtual lecture will  provide an opportunity to explore the roles of different church traditions in Ireland spanning over 400 years. It aims to offer new insights and an opportunity for constructive dialogue. The talk will explore the background to the main Christian Churches in Ireland from the Plantation and Penal times to the twentieth century. It will focus particularly on the reactions of the main Irish Churches to such key issues as the Home Rule Question, the Great War and the 1916 Rising and partition and the creation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State during 1920-22. It will examine the religious background of major figures such as Carson, Craig and Devlin and role of the main Churches in shaping the two Irish states after 1922.

Dr Éamon Phoenix will explore the roles of different church traditions in Ireland, focusing particularly on the first half of the 20th century. It will examine the religious background of major political figures and role of the main Churches in shaping the two Irish states after 1922.

To find out more info, please contact pauline.clarke@fermanaghomagh.com

Shedding Light on the Past 1920-1922

Shedding Light on the Past 1920 – 1922

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Rural Community Network, will be hosting a six-week online lecture series by eminent historians exploring key historical events of the period 1918-1922 on the island of Ireland.

This event is the first in a series of lectures reflecting on events leading up to the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland. It will help inform people about the past, deepen understanding of the period and provide an opportunity to have respectful and meaningful discussion.

For more information, please contact pauline.clarke@fermanaghomagh.com

The Process of Peace-Making through the eyes of an Artist: ‘Ireland’s Totem, Crown of Conciliation – Circle of Hope’

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council in association with Fermanagh and Omagh Interfaith group presents an online workshop that focuses on encouraging people to speak about their feelings and the sensitive subject of the Troubles and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. The workshop focuses on a piece of Driftwood Construction with words, made by a local artist, Mavis Thomson, entitled ‘Ireland’s Totem, Crown of Conciliation – Circle of Hope’ that reflects on the reforming of the Stormont power-sharing Assembly.

 

From “the Muddy Byways of Fermanagh and Tyrone” to Partition and Two Irish States 1918-22

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in association with Rural Community Network and NI Screen present an online talk by renowned historian Dr Eamon Phoenix that will examine the key historical events in Ireland in the years 1918 – 1922.  The talk will include unseen footage of key events including the treaty negotiations and will have particular emphasis on the local angle and personalities in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area. The talk will be followed with a question and answer session.

This event helps promote good relations because it examines the differing perspectives on the legacy of the past. It helps participants gain a better understanding of the past and help them to move on to a shared future based on mutual respect.

Good Relations and Knowing Racial History: Embracing a More Just Future’

Irish School of Ecumenics in association with Fermanagh Churches Forum and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council presents ‘Good Relations and Knowing Racial History; Embracing a More Just Future’ – an online talk by Dr. Johnston McMaster who is an expert in political and public theology. He explores lessons from history and the principles and values which will be the foundation of a more just future.

Attendees from different backgrounds had an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the subject matter in small groups. In a plenary sessions Dr. McMaster responded to questions and comments and provide clarifications.

 

 

 

Hope beyond Covid: Where to now for Church Communities?’

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Omagh Churches’ Forum hosted an online talk ‘Hope beyond Covid: Where to now for Church Communities,’ with two eminent church leaders – The Most Rev Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland and the Right Rev John McDowell, Church of Ireland Archbishop-elect of Armagh.

The online discussion demonstrated how churches have been working together during this pandemic for the greater good. It showed that different Christian traditions have much more in common than separating them.

 

 

Aspects of Chinese Culture

Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest cultures.  Chinese language, ceramics, architecture, musucla, dance, sport, cuisine and history have global influence, while Chinese traditions and festivals are celebrated and practiced by people around the world.

This video event aimed to showcase the Chinese communities in Northern Ireland, how diverse they are and the value they bring to their local cities, towns and villages and that they are not just involved in catering.

Diversity Boxes Project: Sion Mills

A short film documenting the Rural Housing Association’s Diversity Boxes Project in partnership with ArtsEkta. The Diversity boxes project delivered educational boxes full of cultural fact sheets, arts and crafts and recipes inspired by cultures from around the world to over 70 families in Sion Mills, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project aimed to promote respect for diversity and provides families with the opportunity to explore cultures from around the world whilst at home. The finale was a series of cultural performances in several locations across Sion Mills (all socially distanced) in August.

 

Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing our Future through Good Relations

Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing our Future’ through Good Relations is  a video presentation of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme 2019/2020.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council launched a ‘Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing our Future’ video to showcase its Good Relations events and programmes organised in the Council area in the past year.