From rebellion, famine and war, to the home of peace and reconciliation
The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation was founded as a response to violent conflict in Northern Ireland, and in light of a conviction that there must be a better way than violence and vandalism, intolerance and sectarianism.
A spirit of commitment to these ideals inspired the foundation of the Centre and continues to motivate its conflict resolution and peacebuilding work today.
Following a particularly horrifying outbreak of bombing in Belfast, in 1972, a number of people and groups met in Dublin to protest against the atrocities being carried out in the name of Irish people and to voice the grave concern felt by the public at large at the escalating violence.
However, concern was not enough. Individuals and peace groups involved soon recognised that reconciliation was the key and that what was needed was a common base from which to spearhead an effective and non-violent approach to the urgent issues both north and south. As a result of their determination to act, the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation was founded.
The old buildings at Glencree were made available by the government and a large overdraft was arranged for essential renovation works to be undertaken. These were completed in 2000.