Conference on Shared Remembering

Published: 27th October 2015

A one day conference on ‘Shared Remembering’, will take place on Saturday 7 November in the Tara Centre, Omagh from 10.00am – 4.15pm.

Organised by Omagh Churches’ Forum in association with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the conference will examine the legacy and potential of 1916, the year of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Can we turn pivotal events in the past into opportunities for learning, challenge and engagement for a better future? Can communities provoke themselves rather than others through confrontation with the difficult bits of their own histories? These are some of the questions that will be raised at this conference which aims to challenge myths and misunderstandings, encourage meaningful dialogue, shared learning and help build a better future.

The two key note speakers at the conference will be by Dr Eamon Phoenix, history lecturer at Stranmillis College, and Dr Johnston McMaster, theologian at the Irish School of Ecumenics.

Dr. Johnston McMaster is senior research writer and educator with Ethical and Shared Remembering 1912-1922, an educational programme which critically explores the crucial events that shaped Ireland for the rest of the twentieth century. For 16 years he directed the Education for Reconciliation Programme of the Irish School of Ecumenics/Trinity College Dublin in Northern Ireland and Border Counties.

Dr. Eamon Phoenix is Senior Lecturer in History at Stranmillis College, Belfast. A former research fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast and sometime Archivist at St Malachy’s College, Belfast, he has published a number of scholarly articles on modern Irish history and a school textbook. He has written extensively on historical issues for the Irish Times and Irish News and is a well-known broadcaster. He is continuing research into Northern Irish Nationalism and its leadership.

The conference is open to all sections of the community and participants do not have to have any church affiliation. To register for this event please contact the Good Relations section of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephoning: 0300 303 1777 or email :

This project has received financial support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme assisted by OFMDFM.



For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email:

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