A personal journey in fostering peace and building community

Talk by community activist Anne Carr on Thursday 21 September in Strule Arts Centre

Organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in conjunction with Fermanagh and Omagh Interfaith group, the Strule Arts Centre was filled with warmth and unity as we had the honour of hosting the remarkable peace maker and community activist Anne Carr. The event not only marked Good Relations Week but also coincided with International Peace Day, making it an evening brimming with hope, inspiration, and a shared commitment to peace.

Since the 1980s, Anne has advocated for better community relations through improved dialogue and mutual understanding. She helped develop the first integrated primary school outside of Belfast, and actively participated in cross-community organisations including Women Together, the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, and Community Dialogue. She has helped train women in mediation and conflict transformation and taught them leadership skills and public speaking, as well as how to build up their confidence.  She has lobbied and challenged politicians to take risks for peace.

Anne’s talk, focused on her personal experience of peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and was followed by a Q & A session where members of the audience continued the conversation with many saying how inspired they were by Anne’s talk and activism.  The event encouraged participants to follow Anne’s example and to take steps to help build peace in our communities.

Anne Carr’s presence brought a profound sense of togetherness and reconciliation to the stage, reminding us all of the power of dialogue, understanding, and compassion.