Truth and Reconciliation Platform presents the second in its “Speaking for Myself” series from The Miami Showband Peace Centre online. The Witnesses for this TaRP event are Michael O’Hare whose twelve year-old sister, Majella, was murdered at Whitecross, County Armagh, on August 14th, 1976, while on her way to church and Michael Gallagher whose twenty one year-old son, Aidan, was murdered in the Omagh Bombing on August 15th, 1998.
The Panellists are Fr. Seán McManus, President of the Irish National Caucus in Washington and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize which operates under the principles of inter-religious collaboration, and in the spirit of altruism and world peace. Also on the panel, from her native Chicago, is Susan Hickey who lived in Northern Ireland from 1979 to 1984 with her late husband, Dr. John Hickey, a professor of sociology in University of Ulster. Susan was in the doctoral program at University of Ulster with focus on 19th century Irish history and she received a Masters in Social Work from The University of Cardiff. Susan has been a social worker in Chicago’s Public Schools for 25 years.
The Chairman is Miami Showband Massacre survivor, Stephen Travers, who is also the Chairman and co-founder of Truth and Reconciliation Platform. This event is researched and co-hosted by Eugene Reavey, Treasurer and co-founder of Truth and Reconciliation Platform and Joe Campbell, the Truth and Reconciliation Platform Ambassador to The UK.
The “Speaking for Myself” series is assisted by The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.