The IPB, together with its Irish member organization Action from Ireland, is organizing its annual conference and Council Meeting in Dublin between November 16 and 19.
At the same occasion, the Sean Mac Bride Peace Prize will be presented to two women activists from the Arab Spring. We are especially pleased that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins (the first winner of this Prize in 1992) has agreed to present it to this year's winners.
WEEKEND PROGRAMME OUTLINE
FRI: am: IPB Board
FRI: afternoon: IPB Council part 1 (open to all)
FRI eve: MacBride prize award ceremony
SAT am: One day conference, known as the Hedge School.
SAT eve: Social evening, with special theatre performance and live music
SUN am: IPB Council, part 2 (open to all)
SUN pm: IPB Board + visits around Dublin
Joining the Dots: Disarmament, Development and Democracy
The Dublin Dialogue
As our globalised world gets smaller, so the burning issues we are confronted with seem to overlap to a greater and greater extent. How to solve the challenge of poverty without re-allocating some of the huge sums devoted to militarism? How to ensure a stable future for our economies and our societies without taking into account the massive impacts of climate change and resource depletion? How to redeem the promise of a new democratic order in the Middle East and North Africa without ensuring true gender justice? And how can we achieve any of these things without a full, inclusive, transparent democracy? These are some of the issues we will tackle in the Dublin Dialogue.
You can find the programme of the event here.
MACBRIDE PRIZE CEREMONY/EVENING
The Prize will be awarded to two women activists from the ‘Arab Spring’.
ACCOMMODATION, Hotels etc
Recommendations will follow. Meanwhile see: http://www.visitdublin.com/
CONTACT IN DUBLIN
Lisa Patten, Office Manager & Events Organiser, Afri
CONTACT IN GENEVA
International Peace Bureau
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN THE DUBLIN AREA
We encourage visitors to take a bit of extra time and explore the Dublin area…..You will find Irish music, dancing, a lively pub scene, and much more.
Dublin was designated the UNESCO City of Literature in 2010 and is the birthplace of James Joyce, and Nobel Prize for Literature winners William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. The renowned Book of Kells, an illustrated manuscript of the Bible dating from 800 AD, is available to view in Trinity College.
Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed park in Europe;
Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle which has a large collection of manuscripts and paintings from Asia and the Middle East (http://www.cbl.ie/)
Kilmainham Gaol where the 1916 Easter Rising rebels were executed
Glasnevin Cemetery which has walking tours of the graves of famous and influential Irish people such as
Daniel O’Connell, Charles Steward Parnell and especially IPB’s former President and Nobel Laureate Sean MacBride (www.glasnevin-cemetery.ie )
Dublinia, a heritage centre
The exhibitions at Dublinia explore life as it was in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings.
Hill of Tara
Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. Attractions include an audio-visual show and guided tours of the site. http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlandseastcoast/hilloftara/
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange is part of a complex of monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú na Bóinne. Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO .
Asgard exhibition (Nationail Museum of Ireland)
The yacht Asgard is one of the most iconic items of recent Irish history. From her building in 1905 by Colin Archer, the great Norwegian naval architect, (Great grandfather of our very own Colin Archer!!) to her pivotal rôle in the 1914 Howth gun-running and her later use as a sail-training vessel by the Irish navy, the yacht has had many incarnations.
The Bram Stoker Museum
A frightening tour through the life of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. Clontarf Rd, Dublin 3 (Take the DART to Clontarf station, this will leave you beside the museum., Tel: +353 1 805 7824 www.thebramstokerdraculaexperience.com . Fri 4PM-10PM, Sat,Sun 12PM-10PM.
Hurling is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest field sport, with the ball (called a sliotar) reaching speeds above 130 kph. These sports are uniquely Irish. Gaelic football can best be described as a combination of soccer and rugby. To keep the sports "pure," it maintains an amateur status, with each parish in Ireland having a team - the inter-county games are generally extremely well-supported, so you may have difficulty getting tickets for the bigger matches. Tours of the GAA museum and the stadium are also available, including a chance to try your hand at the sports themselves.
More info at: http://www.visitdublin.com/