Saturday, 5 February 2011, Derby House Hotel, Kildare Town
The theme of Féile Bríde this year was food and it addressed some of the key concerns linked to food security: globalization, sustainable development and, in the words of Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself, how we can take “control of the garlic situation”!
Our annual newsletter, Peacemaker, is now available to download from our website. The newsletter represents a snap-shot of our year with short reports and photographs relating to some of Afri’s activities.
This year, Afri celebrated 35 years of working for justice and peace and we would like to thank everybody who has supported us and our work over the years.
Peacemaker 2010 (PDF)
The Afri Féile Bríde Conference 2010 took place on 6 February in the Derby House Hotel, Kildare.
The event celebrated the wonder of our Universe, captured remarkably in the film ‘The Awakening Universe’, and through the reflections of Nellie McLaughlin whose book ‘Out of Wonder’ is also a celebration of the incomprehensible beauty, intricacy and vastness of the Universe.
The indomitable human spirit too can often confound us in its power and ability to inspire. Such is the case of Richard Moore who, amazingly, despite being blinded by a rubber bullet at the age of ten, has never wallowed in bitterness or hatred. ‘I learned to see life in a different way’ is how he describes his remarkable acceptance of circumstances that would plunge most people into understandable despair, bitterness and desire for revenge. Not only did Richard accept his blindness but he had an abiding ambition to meet the soldier responsible for firing that rubber bullet on that fateful day. He persevered in his quest until he succeeded and Charles, the soldier, joined Richard on stage during a very moving and inspiring session entitled: ‘Transcending Conflict: Freedom in Forgiveness’.
Richard and Charles told their inter-twining story highlighting the consequences of war and conflict. Richard also went on to talk about his work in Development in Tanzania and Ethiopia and the importance of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the number of people suffering from hunger by 2015.
As every year, the discussions were embedded in music through the wonderful performances of Fionnuala Gill and Liz Madden and her band.
Féile Bríde 2010 – Image Gallery
Unless indicated otherwise, all pictures taken by Susan Hensel, Afri.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Derby House Hotel, Kildare.
1.10 Lighting of the Flame – Richard and Charles
2.00 Opening Music – Fionnuala Gill
2.15 ‘The Awakening Universe’ – short Film
2.40 The Evolving Story of the Universe – Nellie McLaughlin
3.40 Music – Fionnuala Gill
3.45 Tea Break
4.15 Music – Liz Madden
4.20 Transcending Conflict: Freedom in Forgiveness – Richard Moore with Charles
6.00 Concluding Music – Liz Madden and friends
9.00 Céili (free admission for conference participants)
Admission to the conference: €20 (concession: €15)
For the full programme of the week long Féile Bríde Festival check out www.solasbhride.ie
Despite the snow and frost, over a hundred people made their way to the Derby House Hotel in Kildare for Afri’s annual Féile Bríde Conference on February 8th.
The theme ‘seeds of hope…seeds of change’ was reflected in the snowdrops peeping through the snow, as we gathered for the annual festival of words, music, dance and cooking! Frida Berrigan and Denis Halliday looked at our addiction to war and the cost to humanity and the planet while Chef Richard Corrigan and members of Irish Seed Savers Association together showed how to preserve our natural seed heritage, grow our own food and cook it in the most mouth watering way imaginable!
Afri has been concerned about issues of food and hunger since its inception in 1975. One of Afri’s annual events is the Famine Walk, which remembers the Great Famine of the 1840s (a famine caused amongst other things by the dependence on a monoculture crop) in the context of ongoing famine and starvation throughout the world today.
We look especially at the causes of famine in the 21st century, particularly the war industry (the worst aspects of which are currently being demonstrated by the brutal Israeli bombardment of Gaza) an industry which now costs in excess of a staggering $1,200 billion annually, literally taking food from the mouths of the poor, an issue that will be addressed by Denis Halliday and Frida Berrigan in the opening session of this year’s conference. (more…)