Troubles project sets out to heal

A CROSS-BORDER project has been launched to help bring together people who were affected by the Northern Troubles.

The Aftermath project will run until October of next year and has been organised by Diversity Challenges, the Integration Centre, the County Museum Dundalk and the Rural Community Network.

It has received funding from Co Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership under the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.

The launch in Dundalk included the screening of a 10-minute film featuring Bridie O’Rourke, a sister of Jack Rooney killed in the Dundalk bombing of 1975.

The family of the late Seamus Ludlow, murdered close to his home at Mountpleasant Dundalk in 1976 were also represented.

Other speakers included Alan Brecknell’s father, Trevor, was shot dead in a public house in south Armagh. Trevor Brecknell was on his way from visiting his wife in hospital, where she had just given birth to a daughter. Alan now works for the Pat Finucane Centre and is also a member of the Northern Ireland Victims and Survivors Forum.

Alan’s wife Sharon and father-in-law Desmond, were killed in an IRA bomb attack at the family fish shop on the Shankill Road, Belfast, in 1993. Alan has been actively engaged in peace-building work for the past 15 years with various agencies and is currently co-ordinator of the WAVE Trauma Centre in Belfast. He is a Commissioner with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and also sits on the board of Healing Through Remembering.

Margaret Urwin of Justice for the Forgotten, and Ali Dennehy who works for the Integration Centre, Dublin, also spoke.

The project will include an exhibition at the County Museum.




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