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‘Primary of Peace’ conference learns from archbishops’ archives

Many thanks to the guest speakers, attendees and staff at Armagh’s Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre for the successful Primacy of Peace conference organised by Armagh Robinson Library and the Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Library and Archive.

The event, funded by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, took place last Tuesday (24th October) and sought to promote understanding and dialogue through the collections of the former Primates of All–Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames (who served from 1986 to 2006) and Cardinal Ó Fiaich (who served from 1977 to 1990).

Seated from left are Lord Eames, whose collection is housed in Armagh Robinson Library; Archbishops Eamon Martin and John McDowell; and Mr Tom Fee, nephew of Cardinal Ó Fiaich.

Standing from left are Carol Conlin, Assistant Keeper of Armagh Robinson Library; Roddy Hegarty, Director of the Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library and Archive; guest speakers Dr Brian Lambkin and Dr Tommy Dolan; government representatives Ellie Farrell, Director for Engagement for the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Will Gelling, the Northern Ireland Office’s Director with responsibility for political strategy; Mark Devenport, freelance broadcaster and chairperson for the conference’s discussion panels; guest speaker Professor Gladys Ganiel; the Very Revd Shane Forster, Keeper of Armagh Robinson Library; and Ursula Monaghan, Education and Outreach Officer of Armagh Robinson Library.

Keynote speakers were Adjunct Professor Philip McDonagh, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dublin City University, and Professor Ian McBride, Foster Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College.

Professor Philip McDonagh.
Professor Philip McDonagh.
Professor Ian McBride.
Professor Ian McBride.

In the course of the day, Archbishop John McDowell, Dean Shane Forster, and Lord Eames, were presented with copies of An Chomaoineach Naofa, the second edition of the bilingual book for Holy Communion and other worship services recently published and presented by Dr Rita Kelly of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise.

More photos from the day are available on Armagh Robinson Library’s website at www.armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/primacy-of-peace-conference

With thanks to Ian Maginess and Dr Rita Kelly for photography



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