The event was sponsored by the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association and Dublin City Library & Archive and it highlighted the numbers of young men from both Catholic and Protestant traditions across the island that fought and died in June 1917 at the Battle of Messines.
The Messines Peace Park was developed as a memorial to those that died there. It was opened in November 1998 by former President Mary Mc Aleese, Queen Elizabeth II and King Albert II of Belgium. Since then, it has become a symbol and acknowledgement of the Protestant and Catholic soldiers who died in their thousands, the futility of war and a place of pilgrimage.
Barbara Walshe stated that Glencree continues to work as it has always done for the past forty years to facilitate dialogue and difficult conversations between those with very different views on the future of this island. She emphasised that Ireland, both north and south, had a fractured relationship with each other, one based on stereotypes, old stories and myths. ‘The development and deepening of relationships at all levels across the island is what will create change for future generations’ she said.