Féile Bríde Gathering 2021

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The brochure can be viewed here

This year’s Féile Bríde notice comes to you with the unsurprising news that we will not be able to gather this February in the lovely surrounds of Solas Bhríde in Kildare. We will miss the fáilte and the hospitality that we’ve experienced from our Brigidine friends and Cáirde Bríde, there – and elsewhere in Kildare – every year since our first event, Brigid, Prophetess, Earthwoman, Peacemaker, back in 1993.

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Afri Hedge School 2020

Organised in partnership with third-year students from the Community and Youth Development course in TU Dublin-Blanchardstown. The theme for this year’s 2020 virtual Afri Hedge School is ‘Human Rights Challenges 2020’, Racism, Conflict, Sustainability’. Human rights abuses have been laid bare during the current pandemic. At the same time we can take heart that  people and movements have risen up to support those affected by these human rights challenges. Mindful of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and their importance in focusing action for a more equal, just and sustainable world, this virtual event will feature a blend of speakers, workshops, discussions and creative activities.

Speakers include 

Donnah Vuma, Afri Board Member and Direct Provision Resident will speak on ‘Racism, Institutional Racism, Direct Provision in Ireland’.

Afri Film featuring Oisin Coughlin, Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland speaking on ‘Sustainability, ​Biodiversity, Climate Change’ followed by discussion on and the role for Community and Youth Worker to meet this challenge of our time.

Event Details:

The event will take place on a virtual platform (Zoom).

It is a free event, however, advance booking is essential as spaces are limited.

Date: Wednesday November 18th 2020, 10am – 2pm

For more information and to register for this free evnt, please go to :https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/afri-hedge-school-2020-online-tu-dublin-blanchardstown-campus-tickets-127898091635




September 11th, 12 noon to 2pm
A lunchtime on-line gathering and discussion on topics such as food, seeds and loss of social space in the context of the Covid pandemic.
With guest speakers, music, commentary, imagery and reflection as we approach harvest time and look towards harvests of the future.
Hosted by Afri and Feasta in partnership with Irish Seed Savers Association and Maynooth University.

Reflections from Afri’s First-Ever “Virtual Famine Walk”

“Since we can’t do the Famine Walk this year…could we do a virtual famine walk, instead”, when the question was raised, it seemed almost farcical.  How could we re-create on-line the unique and extraordinary atmosphere that thousands of people have experienced on ‘the famine road’ in County Mayo over more than 30 years? But we are living in unusual times and unusual times require unusual responses!

And so the Afri team – Larysa, RoJ and I linked up with Ruairi McKiernan to explore the possibility. Ruairi had a very successful launch of his excellent new book ‘Hitching for Hope’  on line recently and he was confident that the ‘Famine Walk’  concept, as well as  Afri’s network and reputation could bring a community of people together to mark this important date in the calendar. The walk began in 1988 and for many years it has taken place on the 3rd week-end in May – this third week-end in May has now become the ‘official’ date for the National Famine Commemoration in Ireland.

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Virtual Famine Walk – Forum, Conversation and Music

On May 16th at 7pm – the day on which the annual Doolough Famine Walk was due to take place, Afri will host a virtual Famine Walk Forum with distinguished guest speakers, great conversation and live music. Our host will be campaigner and author Ruairí McKiernan. He will be joined by renowned violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire, harpist Emer Lynam and singer-songwriters RoJ Whelan and Paul O’Toole, as well as guest speakers including Emeritus Professor John Maguire, author and Lecturer Dr Clare O’Grady Walshe,  MASI member Donnah Vuma and student climate activist Gráinne Malone.

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