The second Glencree Peace Walk will take place on Sunday 23 September 2018 (from 1pm) to raise much-needed funds for the work of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. It consists of an easy 10 kilometre walk along the Wicklow Way between Glencullen and Glencree.

Walkers will meet at the Glencree Centre (where there is suitable parking) at 12.00pm and will be bussed to the start of the walk in Glencullen. At the end, a bus will bring them from where they emerge from the walk, on the Glencree-Enniskerry road, back to the Glencree Centre for refreshments.

Please join us on this walk to raise funds for Glencree’s important work for peace at home and abroad, and/or sponsor one of the walkers.

You can support this initiative in three ways.

  • Volunteer to walk.  This year we are again facilitating fundraising by using the charity fundraising website where you can set up a fundraising page or make a donation. This is the easiest method to secure donations to support your Glencree Peace Walk efforts. Click on this link for full details on how to set up your own personalised fundraising page, and Start Fundraising
  • Encourage friends and family to also volunteer to walk and raise funds.
  • You can donate to people you know who are doing the Glencree Peace Walk through the charity fundraising website. Select Give Now.

We would like people who are volunteering to walk to raise as much as they can, all donations are welcome no matter how large or small as everything donated, apart from a small amount to cover the Peace Walk’s running expenses, will go directly to support the work of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

Why support Glencree:
As the world becomes a more dangerous and polarised place, the work of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, the Republic’s only peace centre becomes more important. It is highly regarded internationally for its contribution to bringing the warring sides in Northern Ireland together; its work for those who have been traumatised by conflicts at home and abroad; its work with women, young people, religious groups and refugees; and sharing the lessons of the Irish peace process to war-torn countries all over the world, from Israel/Palestine to Colombia, from Sri Lanka to Liberia, from Afghanistan to Haiti.

Today Glencree’s main work and focus is on:

  • Working with groups and individuals who have been particularly traumatised by the violence of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, losing family members and other loved ones. It is estimated that there were around 40,000 violent incidents in the North during the period 1968-1998.
  • Providing peace education courses to school and university students all over Ireland, teaching them about working to overcome conflict, exploring identities and diversity, and developing leadership skills.
  • Working with women in disadvantaged communities on both sides of the divide in Northern Ireland so that their voices can become a powerful weapon to help combat the culture of silence and fear that is so prevalent in that society.
  • Promoting the integration into Irish society of refugees and other vulnerable migrants through a programme of inter-cultural dialogue that listens to their largely unheard voices and combats racism and xenophobia.
  • Working with young Muslims in Ireland and Europe, many of whom have been largely abandoned by their host societies, to provide them with opportunities to give purpose to their lives by actively contributing to those societies.
  • Finalising plans for an ambitious expansion of the beautiful Glencree site, to include refurbished accommodation alongside the popular Armoury cafe, a peace and remembrance garden, and a greatly expanded interactive visitor centre and exhibition/ conference space. 

Glencree funds its work from a declining Irish government grant, charitable trusts and donations from the public. At a time when extreme nationalism and insecurity are growing Glencree’s contribution to peacebuilding has never been more needed. So please volunteer to walk, encourage others to walk and/or donate to those walking. For further details please contact us on 01-2829711.