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From “The Troubles” to Brexit: Peace and Reconciliation Northern Ireland

Learn about Northern Ireland’s violent, sectarian conflict known as “The Troubles” by traveling to both countries on the island of Ireland whilst also visiting and meeting citizens who have lived through the conflict themselves or have felt the enduring effects of the bloody conflict thirty years later during the ongoing peace and reconciliation process.

Students will learn about Northern Ireland's peace-building efforts following the violent, thirty-year conflict known as "The Troubles". During the program, the group will visit museums, prisons, reconciliation centers, and religiously integrated schools. Following their return to Washington, DC, the group will work on combating ethno-religious nationalism and sectarianism in order to foster peaceful and meaningful relationships.

Dates of Engagement: March 7 - 15, 2020

Estimated Cost: $1,600 – $1,800* 

*Final cost is subject to change based on the finalized itinerary and program fundraising efforts

Maggie Toole is a Junior majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Peace, Global Security & Conflict Resolution, and a double minor in French and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Originally from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Maggie now considers the historical city of Washington, D.C. to be her second home. Maggie grew up loving to travel, and in the future, she hopes to work towards fostering community relationships and improving cross-cultural communications whilst bolstering peace-building efforts at the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer or working with a grass-roots NGO. Maggie also attended the 2019 AU Alt Break to Ireland and is excited to help teach others about the conflict and engage with students critically.

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Diana Roy is a Senior currently majoring in International Studies and double minoring in Justice & Law and Spanish, while also pursuing a Certificate of Translation. Originally from Northboro, Massachusetts, Diana grew up interested in intelligence analysis and international security and now considers the bustling city of Washington, D.C. to be her second home. In the future, she hopes to work towards fostering global peace and bolstering national security efforts at the FBI or other government institutions. Diana attended the 2019 AU Alt Break to Northern Ireland and is excited to help teach others about the country’s history of conflict, as well as engage with students on a life-changing journey where they will be challenged to think critically, listen, observe, and ask questions!

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Day One: Fly to Dublin

Day Two: Tour of Dublin and Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Day Three: Trinity College Tour then visit the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Day Four: Second day at Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Day Five: Leave Glenclee for Derry/ Londonderry. Tour Tower Museum and see the Derry Walls

Day Six: Go to the Free Derry Museum then travel to Belfast

Day Seven: Visit Stormont Parliament Buildings then tour Belfast with a Queen’s University Guide

Day Eight: Visit the New-Bridge Integrated College Day Nine: Tour Finr McCool Day Ten: Fly back to DC