Afri’s annual Féile Bride Peace Conference entitled ‘The Light of Peace amidst the Clouds of War’, organised in partnership with the Brigidines and Cairde Bríde, took place on Saturday, February 10th, 2024 in the beautiful Solas Bhríde Centre, Kildare town. Continue reading “Reflections from Féile Bríde 2024”
This resource is for post primary school teachers who wish to facilitate understanding of the interconnection between war and hunger. It will support teachers to explore critical topics such as the global arms trade, global hunger, and peace, through participatory and active learning methodologies which will be engaging and emotive for students.
On Thursday, February 1st, ‘Brigid of Kildare’, accompanied by members of Afri and StoP, attempted to delivered a letter, a copy of the Downpatrick Declaration and a St. Brigid Peace Cross to Tánaiste Micheál Martin at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.
The doors of the Department, however, were firmly closed against Brigid – it seems her message of peace is not welcome in Foreign Affairs. Continue reading “Brigid to bring message of peace to Foreign Affairs on Feb. 1st.”
Afri’s annual Féile Bride Peace Conference entitled ‘The Light of Peace amidst the Clouds of War’, organised in partnership with the Brigidines and Cairde Bríde, will take place on Saturday, February 10th, 2024 in the beautiful Solas Bhríde Centre, Kildare town.
Afri will once again begin our calendar year with an informal gathering at the bench in Stephens Green commemorating Louie Bennett and her companion Helen Chevenix. All are welcome to meet there at 1 pm on her birthday, on Sunday, 7th January. Continue reading “Louie Bennett Commemoration”
For the third year in succession, at noon, on Thursday, February 1st, ‘Brigid of Kildare’, accompanied by members of Afri and StoP, will deliver a letter, a copy of the Downpatrick Declaration and a St. Brigid Peace Cross to Tánaiste Micheál Martin at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.
Dear friends and supporters of Afri,
This season provides an opportunity to look back on the year that’s gone and to look forward to the year ahead.
But it is – especially – an opportunity to thank all of you, our friends and comrades for your backing and generous support throughout 2023. This was an extremely difficult year, especially for those living with the impact of climate change and wars, including in Ukraine. But all the wars around the world are a source of immense suffering as well as deep sadness and frustration at the abuse of power by a relatively small group of political leaders and warmongers. The people of Palestine are particularly in our thoughts at this time as they, especially the children, are enduring the latest phase of a brutal assault characterised by war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Appropriately, peace is the theme of this year’s Calendar, where we highlight notable Irish Women Peacemakers, past and present.
Our climate justice work also continues through the Solar Lights Project in Kenya: together with our partner organisations Development Pamoja and Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network, we continue to provide solar lamps – a clean and safe source of light – to families in rural Kenya, thanks to your generous support. A short film about the project is available on our YouTube channel here.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift this festive season, we would appreciate if you would consider supporting our work by purchasing our Calendar 2024 (at €10 including postage) or a Solar Lamp at €15 (when you buy your light(s) we will send you a gift card which you can retain or pass on to your chosen recipient — please make sure to include an address). Additionally, our Famine Walk CD ‘Music from A Dark Lake’, which includes 18 tracks by some of Ireland’s greatest artists all of whom have performed at the Famine Walk, is available on our website at €10 along with our recent publication on Irish Neutrality ‘A Force for Good?’ (at €10 including postage) and our An Gorta Mór badge at €3. Purchasing these gifts is another way of supporting our work as well as a way of introducing your friends and colleagues to Afri.
To find out about other gift options available and to place an order, please go to https://www.afri.ie/donate/ (
Thank you again for your continued support.
Afri Doolough Famine Walk will take place on Saturday, May 18th, 2024. Please check back closer to the date for further details.
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