Afri (Action from Ireland) have a one day Peace and Justice conference at File Brde 2008. File Brde – Brigid’s Festival is a week long series of events running up to Brigid’s Day on the first day of February.

Sat 26th January 2008.

Starting at 1pm in the Derby House Hotel, Kildare Town.
(Please note change of venue from previous years)

Click here to download the information booklet and booking form for the above conference.

Please return booking form and admission fee by January 18
(including fee for meal if you require it) to:

Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.
Telephone 01 8827563 or 01 8827581 email:
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See below for further info re timetable and speakers.

Timetable

1pm Gathering at the Flame

1.30 Registration

2.00 Song and Music

2.15 Introduction

2.20 Short film with Ronan Halley

2.30
Richard Moore the Derry Lama!

Song – Luka Bloom

Q & A

3.20 Break

3.25
Calling the Shots
Drama introduced by Pete Mullineaux and Therese Osborne
(Featuring students from De La Salle School and Presentation College, Kildare)

3.55 Tea Break

4.10
Bruce Kent – Towards the Abolition of War
Introduced by Carol Fox

Q & A

5.00
An Irish Repsonse
introduced by Barbara Raftery and featuring the After School Arms Club
Laura Kearns, Mary Moloney, Alison Lewis, Clare Coleman, Margaret Hyland and Maeve O Sullivan

5.20
Mark Thomas – Comic Adventures of a Political Activist

6 15 Closing with Music

7.15 pm Dinner

8.30 pm Seisin Ceol, Rince agus Craic!

Speakers

Bruce Kent
Having served as a soldier in the Royal Tank Regiment from 1947 to 1949, Bruce Kent went on to be ordained as a priest (from which he later resigned) and became an internationally known peace activist and political campaigner with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Pax Christi, the Development Agency War on Want and the International Peace Bureau, the latter of which he was President from 1985 to 1992. He stood unsuccessfully as a Labour Party Candidate in the British General Election of 1992. He is a co-founder and Vice President of the Movement for the Abolition of War.

Richard Moore
In 1972, aged 10, Richard Moore was blinded by a rubber bullet fired at point blank range into his face. Demonstrating an extraordinary ability to accept and deal with adversity, Richard never allowed himself to wallow in bitterness or self-pity. I learned to see life in a different way is how he explains this extraordinary positive attitude and his unique philosophy of life and positive attitude. Since he was blinded he has completed his education to University level, become a husband, father, accomplished musician, folk group leader and successful businessman. And ten years ago he founded Children in Crossfire aimed at addressing the needs of children around the world who are caught up in poverty and violence. He has recently met the soldier who blinded him and they have embarked on a journey of friendship. His memoir Can I give him My Eyes will be published in 2008.

Sr Barbara Raftery
Sr Barbara Raftery is a Presentation Sister who has been involved in education for most of her life, with a particular interest in justice issues and global education. She worked in Pakistan from 1984 to 9191 where she taught literacy in Urdu to adults and children living in outlying areas. She has been a Board member of the Debt and Development Coalition and West Papua Action is involved in Fair Trade and represents Afri on the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas is a comedian, about whom it has been said his comedy really makes a difference. His combining of comedy with serious political analysis has led to his being described as John Pilger with Laughs. Mark brings his ever creative mind to bear on various situations of human rights violation and the arms trade and invents the most imaginative responses, infused with humour and resulting in greater understanding, awareness and often action for change. An example of this is the After School Arms Club which he initiated with Sr. Barbara and students from Presentation School, Portlaoise the members of which will join him at this years File Brde Conference.

Pete Mullineaux
Pete Mullineaux is a graduate of drama from Middlesex University, where he received the Fuller Award for outstanding achievement. He is a poet and playwright who has worked with a broad range of groups and organizations across Ireland and Britain. He has produced a number of stage plays and two radio plays for RTE. For last years File Brde Pete worked with students to produce the very memorable Jackie and the Beanstalk. This year he has been working with student from De La Salle and Presentation Schools in Kildare on the theme of alternatives to war and violence.

Theresa Osborne
Therese Osborne is a coordinator of the Programme of Human Promotion and Sustaionable Development in the City of Santa Rosa de Lima, El Salvador and surrounding villages. Afri has been supporting part of this programme, entitled water is a human right since September 2007. Therese works with members of social action teams in urban and rural communities who are involved in activities such as organic agriculture, preparing nutritious food, gaining water access by building rainwater collection tanks, solar cooking and leadership training using the psycho-social method of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.

Carol Fox
Carol Fox is a researcher with the Green Party in Ireland. She has researched and written a number of publications for PANA the Peace and Neutrality Alliance. She has also been very active in anti-war activities and is a leading member of US Citizens in Ireland Against War.