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Paddy Joe McClean is one of those rare treasures that public life unearths once or twice in a generation and it was with great pleasure that we recently visited him and his wife Annie on the main street in Beragh, outside Omagh. Despite the devastating loss of their son Eamon earlier this year, we were received as always with warmth and courtesy. A founder of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, a teacher and a man who despite his experiences with the British army as one of the “Hooded Men” who were interned without trial during Operation Demetrius in August 1971 he has always been without any sense of bitterness towards either the British or the Unionist authorities from that time.

He never wavered from his conviction that violence did not dissolve the injustice that led to the divisions within Ireland or between Britain and Ireland. He always confirmed ‘the need to foster respect for the differences between traditions on the island of Ireland’.

For many of us in Glencree he was an inspirational thinker who brought credibility and experience to the contributions he made during the years of political dialogue through the 1990s and 2000s. He was laser-like in his ability to pierce through rhetoric and get to the nub of many dilemmas that perplexed political opinion during those years, yet was never harsh and condemnatory in his speech.

On behalf of us all at Glencree, we would like to express our deepest sympathy to him and Annie and the Mc Clean family on the death of their son Eamon during 2016.[separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””]In the photo: Geoffrey Corry, Annie Mc Clean, Paddy Joe Mc Clean, Pat Hynes

Recent Events

November 27, 2019
Ambassador Dialogue Briefing Series
10/9/19: Attended by 27 EU Ambassadors, the latest in Glencree's Ambassador Dialogue Series focused on the impact of Brexit on British-Irish relations and in particular a possible hard border across the island with submissions from Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Former First Minister Peter Robinson.
July 17, 2019
Glencree Annual Summer Event: Common Good Common Ground
22/6/19: Glencree's 2019 Annual Summer Event centered on the theme of ‘Common Good, Common Ground’ in which the issues and concerns of people from across the island of Ireland were examined.
May 21, 2019
Celebration of Peace during Royal Visit to Glencree
20/5/10: HRH Prince Charles returned to Glencree to unveil a commemorative poem engraving with His Excellency President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. Leaders from cultural, educational, political and business sectors also marked this special event.

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April 2, 2020
Joint Academic Journal
2/4/20: A total of 25 Abstracts have been accepted for the Joint Academic Journal to be published by Glencree, under the Peace IV Programme, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. The Journal will be launched at an Academic Conference in November.
March 26, 2020
Covid-19/Coronavirus Advisory
24/3/20: Updates and arrangements following the advice of the Irish Government regarding the evolving Covid-19/Coronavirus situation.
March 18, 2020
ABC Radio Interview with Barbara Walshe
16/6/20: Glencree Chair, Barbara Walshe talks about Glencree’s work and the prospect of Irish unification in an interview with well-known Australian radio host Phillip Adams on ABC Late Night Live.
February 20, 2020
Reception for Permanent Representatives of UN Member States
20/2/20: Glencree team attend reception hosted by President Michael D. Higgins, Patron of Glencree, for the Permanent Representatives of UN Member States
February 20, 2020
Assistant Programme Manager, Community & Political Dialogue Programme
20/2/20: If you are committed to working through the challenges arising from our violent past, are highly organised and efficient with the personal skills to work on a project that touches on some of the most contentious issues that remain in building sustainable peace, we would like to hear from you.
February 7, 2020
Community & Political Dialogue Team Administrator (Full-time)
7/2/20: We are seeking a dynamic, energetic and positive person to join our administrative team. You will work within a team designed create and manage dialogue opportunities between political, government official and diplomatic actors from across the island of Ireland, Great Britain and the EU. 

October 13, 2016

Glencree Friends

Glencree Friends Paddy Joe McClean is one of those rare treasures that public life unearths once or twice in a generation and it was with great pleasure that we recently visited him and his wife Annie on the main street in Beragh, outside Omagh. Despite the devastating loss of their […]