CIARAN McKEOWN (R.I.P.) Died 1st September, 2019

CIARAN McKEOWN (R.I.P.) Died 1st September, 2019

Ciaran Mc Keown
It is with deep sadness that I heard of the death on 1st September, 2019, of my dear friend and co-peace worker, Ciaran McKeown. I first met Ciaran, and his late wife Marianne, in August, l976, and am deeply grateful to have known them  and their family since then. Ciaran, died peacefully in his home, in Belfast, with his family, after a long illness due to Cancer.  Myself and my husband, Jack, visited Ciaran in his home several weeks ago.   He was very weak but his spirit was peaceful and calm, and he joked as he puffed on his beloved pipe, served us tea, and shared his gratefulness at having such a wonderful wife, family and a great life!  Ciaran had indeed a great life and he was deeply grateful…
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Peace People member Louise  Mc Gowan shares on her recent trip to Liberia #HerPlace

Peace People member Louise Mc Gowan shares on her recent trip to Liberia #HerPlace

#HerPlace
Just last week, the Nobel Women’s Initiative along with the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa brought 50 women from over 20 countries together in Monrovia, Liberia to discuss feminism, power, activism and peace. The title of the conference was “Claiming Our Space: Emerging Feminist Voices for Peace” and over three days of multigenerational talking, engaging and sharing, women from North, South, East and West learned from and inspired one another. On day one of three, the five Nobel Peace Laureates present (Leymah Gbowee, Shirin Ebadi, Jody Wiliams, Rigoberta Menchú Tum and Tawakkol Karman) shared some of their experience and offered advice for young, ‘emerging’ feminist leaders. The overarching theme to kick off the convening was that we (women) are powerful and worthy; that we must claim our space, we must use…
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“Thoughts On Peace” By Neil Mc Cann

Thoughts on Peace
Tribes No More You thought that you were tribes. Who taught you that? You are not. Then what are you? You are folk of here. You are the people of this land. This land of unspeakable beauty. Wherever your ancestors left To come here, and all of us came Here from somewhere Other than here, Wherever you came from You came to learn love You came to experience Separateness and tribes Temporarily Now is the moment. Now is time To step beyond tribe Beyond class And above all beyond Senseless dying and shouts That you call threats, To step beyond separateness And claim the oneness To which we all belong If you sense a force beyond The world you see That force is one That force is love, That mothers…
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