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Northern Ireland and the Island of Ireland.

 

 

Mullylusty Cottage, Belcoo, County Fermanagh

Photo: John Callister

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 The Dark Hedges, County Antrim

Photo: John Callister

Character

Beauty

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Near Castlewellan, County Down.

Photo: John Callister

 

Forgiveness

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Goodwill

 

 

Dundrum, County Down.

Photo: John Callister

 

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Ballintoy Harbour, County Antrim.

Photo: John Callister

Northern Ireland – But maybe not the one you’ve heard about 

The Legacy of Ray and Kathleen Davey

Two of the Foremost Peacebuilders of the Twentieth Century 

Founders of Northern Ireland’s Corrymeela Community 

Ray and Kathleen Davey were visionaries, mentors, counsellors and two of the foremost peace-builders of the twentieth century.
 
In 1965, along with a group of students from Queens University, Belfast, they founded The Corrymeela Community. The early members were Christians from diverse backgrounds in Northern Ireland who felt a need to facilitate communication between the largely segregated Protestant and Roman Catholic communities. A disused Holiday Fellowship Centre near Ballycastle in County Antrim was purchased, and by November 1965 it was opened to the public as a Christian Community for Reconciliation. 
 
Kathleen passed away in 2008 and Ray in 2012, but the legacy they left through their stories and above all, the ongoing work of the Corrymeela Community, ensures that lives continue to be touched with their message and example of community, from all over the world.
Ray and Kathleen Davey, photographed in 1989
Ray and Kathleen Davey, photographed in 1989
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” Corrymeela and the many other Christian communities in Ireland see themselves as spiritual descendants of Patrick and Columba. We seek to carry on their message. While so many things have vastly changed, the message of Christ the Prince of peace does not change.”
                       Ray Davey (1915-2012) Founder of the Corrymeela Community

St Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland

Learning About Him and From Him

He wasn’t actually born in Ireland, nor did he introduce Christianity to the island. But he certainly helped it spread. In his lifetime he literally saw it transformed from a pagan to a Christian country.

  • 415AD:  Patrick born in Roman Britain’s northern frontier
  • 430/31:  Irish slavers capture Patrick
  • 431        Pope Celestine I sends Palladius to Ireland
  • 437        Patrick escapes, returning to Britain in the 440s
  • 460/61   Patrick arrives in Ireland as a bishop and missionary
  • 492/93   Patrick dies

 

The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick is a good starting point to discover more about him and follow St Patrick's trail.
The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick is a good starting point to discover more about him and follow St Patrick’s trail.
Statue of St Patrick, photographed at Hill of Tara, County Meath.
Statue of St Patrick, photographed at Hill of Tara, County Meath.

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