MEET THE TaRP TEAM
Co-founder and Chairman
Stephen Travers was a founding director and the first editor of The Irish World newspaper in the UK. He is also an author, screenwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Stephen was a special observer with the international charity Children in Crossfire in East Africa and has addressed victim support and Radicalisation Awareness Network conferences and universities across Europe on numerous occasions. Stephen is a survivor of The Miami Showband Massacre.
Co-founder and Vice Chairman
Since the murder of his three brothers on January 4th, 1976, at their family home in Whitecross, County Armagh, Eugene Reavey has spent most of his life as a staunch advocate for peace, justice and reconciliation. Eugene is also Chairman and co-founder of Peaceful Futures South Armagh and his public condemnation of violence as a means for political and social change is perfectly aligned with the policies of his lifelong friend and mentor, the late Seamus Mallon. Eugene is a steadfast supporter of The Gaelic Athletic Association.
Ambassador and UK Events Coordinator
Joe Campbell is the son of RUC Sergeant Joseph Campbell who was shot dead in February 1977 outside his police station in Cushendall, County Antrim. Nevertheless, true to the values of his late father, Joe has, from the very beginning, rejected all calls for retaliation against the perpetrators and continues to pursue justice through the courts with remarkable courage and dignity.
Corporate and Financial Consultant
Head of Media and Fundraising
Ken Murray is an award-winning journalist and former Political Correspondent with INN Radio News. The current Editor of ecradioireland.eu, he provides EU news of Irish interest to all commercial radio stations in the Republic of Ireland. He also covers Irish affairs for Euronews TV which is broadcast in 155 countries.
In 2007, he was presented with an Irish World humanitarian award in London after a story he reported on for radio helped to find the last missing next-of-kin from the 1974 Dublin/Monaghan bombings.
His biography of former Irish Presidential candidate and MEP Dana Rosemary Scallon “All kinds of everything” was published in 2008 by Gill & McMillan.
He holds an MA in journalism from Dublin City University.
Web Build, Branding and IT consultant
Tracy Dempsey is a coach, trainer, wellbeing researcher and musician. She’s delivered programmes on wellbeing, business support and other areas to organisations, charities, community groups, schools/universities and local government in the UK & Ireland since 2007.
She has had features and regular columns in Irish print press and has co-hosted and been a guest on various radio programmes on wellbeing and other topics.
She has been a participant and, later, facilitator, on local and international peace projects and arts programmes, and piloted a music & wellbeing research project at the University of Jyväskylä. Wanting to support TaRP’s important work, Tracy designed the Peace Centre logo and graphics, refreshed the TaRP branding, and designed and built the new MSPC website.
Public Relations and Events Coordinator
Sarah is a mother of four daughters and one son. She is a lifelong supporter of truth and reconciliation work and a tireless campaigner for civil rights.
She has been involved in numerous projects for positive progressive welfare reform and human rights for innocent victims, and is a campaigner for rights of those in need of support with disabilities and healthcare.
For almost 20 years, Sarah has been heavily involved in her local community and business sectors, providing support.
TaRP Ambassador to Phoenix and The State of Arizona
A native New Yorker, Mary Moriarty, has lived in Phoenix, Arizona, since 1995. Having played an integral role in various Irish organizations since moving to Arizona, Mary has been Operations Manager and Corporate Events Coordinator for The Phoenix Irish Cultural Center since 2003.
A frequent visitor to Ireland, Mary oversaw the successful American lecture tour of The Miami Showband Massacre survivor, Stephen Travers, in 2019.
TaRP Ambassador to Mexico
Originally from Antrim, Yvonne’s professional journey began in Belfast during The Troubles, where she cut her pedagogical teeth as an English teacher. Since immigrating to the United States, Yvonne has enjoyed a successful career in public education as a teacher and principal. Beyond the classroom, Yvonne was recognised for her advocacy on behalf of undocumented immigrant students with the Arizona Dr Martin Luther King Jr Living the Dream award.
A dynamic speaker and writer on issues related to education and immigration, she collaborated with the Hispanic Institute of Social Issues to publish a bilingual book of student letters, Documented Dreams. Now living in Ajijic, Mexico, Yvonne continues to work for an Arizona educational non-profit and blogs at yvonnewatterson.com. She contributes to The Irish Times, Reading Ireland magazine, and IrishCentral.com with feature stories of interest and importance to the Irish diaspora.
A life-long advocate for social justice, Yvonne has written extensively about the impact of the Troubles, sharing stories of lives lost or forever changed by unnecessary violence.