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Troubles Tragedy & Trauma Part 9 Integrated Education - A Route to Reconciliation?

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Panel discussion about Integrated Education in Northern Ireland.

Troubles Tragedy & Trauma Part 9 Integrated Education - A Route to Reconciliation?

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Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road London W6 9DT

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Panel discussion about Inegrated Education in Northern Ireland. Is Integrated Education a route to reconciliation?

Q&A session to follow main panel event.

Chair: Shelagh Fogarty

Shelagh Fogarty is an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster. The host of LBC’s afternoon show, she previously co-hosted the Radio 5Live Breakfast Show and BBC2’s The Daily Politics.

In her varied broadcasting career Shelagh has covered everything from the Alder Hay hospital case to Madonna's wedding, the budget to reality TV. In the call of duty she’s swum the Serpentine and had a gun pointed at her whilst filming for Tonight with Trevor McDonald.


Brian D'Arcy CP OBE

Brian is an Irish Passionist priest based in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. A writer, newspaper columnist, broadcaster and preacher. He is the author of several books of trite musings including A Little Bit of Religion and A Little Bit of Healing.

Dr Anne Murray-Cavanagh

A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast in 1973, she became the first teacher from a Catholic background to teach in Greenhaw Controlled Primary School - a school which was losing its Protestant pupils as the movement of some 10,000 unionist people from the west side of Derry~Londonderry was taking place.

She was a founding member of the Foyle Trust for Integrated Education, the group of some 20 local families which in 1991 opened Oakgrove Integrated Primary School, in 1992 Oakgrove Integrated College and in 1993 Oakgrove Integrated Nursery. She became the founding Principal of Oakgrove Integrated Primary and welcomed the Quaker-led Peer Mediation Project to the school. This was highly praised by a visiting delegation from Fordham University Law School. The project is still used as an example of good practice in schools and communities across N Ireland.

She was a member for 9 years, and Vice-Chair, of CCEA(the NI Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment); in 2012 she was appointed High Sheriff of the City of Londonderry; and in 2015 was awarded the OBE for services to Education.

The 1998 Ulster University citation for Anne’s honorary doctorate in Education referred to her as “a leader of leaders in her sector” and referred to her as “ prominent in developing town and history trails as a methodology for engaging young people with their environment and in designing a range of classroom resources and local history materials”. To that end, in 1991 she was co-founder of Guildhall Children’s Press and compiled its first booklet “Across the Foyle”, a history of river ferries and bridges in Derry~Londonderry.

For the NI Council for I regranted Education, she mentored headteachers in integrated schools and assessed schools for the Excellence in Integration Award.

In 2018, she carried out an assessment for the (Norwegian) Nansen Dialogue of its programme for supporting integrated schools in Macedonia; and subsequently was engaged as a consultant on the revision of the Early Years Primary School curriculum.

Dr Murray is currently a board member of the NI Council for Integrated Education and Chair of the Board of Governors of Oakgrove Integrated College.

Integrated Education Fund

The IEF supports the establishment of new Integrated schools, the growth of existing Integrated schools and those schools seeking to become Integrated through the Transformation process. The above panel will be joined by a menber of the Integrated Education Fund Board of Trustees.