October 30, 2019

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Northern Ireland Peace on the Eve of Brexit: Resilience & Reconciliation Through Art & Storytelling
An exploration featuring music, film, and discussions, supported by a two-week art installation examining conflict and cooperation during the Troubles and since.

The third and final program co-hosted by NYU Washington, DC and the Irish Network DC featured an evening discussion and stories about life in Northern Ireland, the peace process and Brexit.

Guest speakers for the evening included Margery Myers, Widow of Robert P.Myers, Jr. (US Consul General Aug. 1986 - April 1989); Aideen Gilmore, formerly with Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) in Belfast; Shane Greer, a businessman and investor based in D.C. who currently owns the firm Campaigns & Elections and is a trustee of Integrated AlumNI, a non-profit that promotes integrated education in Northern Ireland; and Brian Cahalane, currently First Secretary with the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C., and previously the Deputy Joint Secretary for the British-Irish Secretariat and before that the Deputy Political Director for Northern Ireland Issues, all with the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland.

The keynote speaker was the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, who talked about the role of the arts in Ireland, Peace Process and what Brexit may bring.

The 30-year social, religious, tribal, and economic conflict known as the Troubles came to a formal end with the Good Friday Agreement of April 1998, but now Brexit threatens that fragile peace. Through film, music, art, storytelling and special guests, NYU Washington, DC and the Irish Network DC explored the complex progress of healing a divided society. A visual art exhibit showcased art about the conflict and its legacy and ran from October 16-30, 2019. All events were at New York University’s Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center located in downtown D.C.

Please note that this event may have been filmed and/or photographed.


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Daniel Mulhall took up duty as Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017. He was born and brought up in Waterford and undertook his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at University College Cork where he specialised in modern Irish history.

Ambassador Mulhall joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and had his early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (European Union) and Edinburgh where he was Ireland's first Consul General, 1998-2001. He served as Ireland's Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2005, he was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for his work in connection with the Asian tsunami. From 2009 to 2013, he was Ireland's Ambassador to Germany.

Brian Cahalane

Brian Cahalane

Shane Greer

Shane Greer

Aideen Gilmore

Aideen Gilmore

Margery Myers

Margery Myers