05 October 2015
Councillor Noreen McClelland, speaker Mary Kelly, speaker Kathy Wolff, both contributors to the book “To Tell You The Truth”, Catherine McColgan, Facilitator, Towards Understanding and Healing and Councillor Roisin Lynch, Vice-Chair of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee.
The Leading Ladies event took place recently in the Templeton Hotel. Organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council the evening saw ladies of all ages and backgrounds gather to hear readings from two of the contributors, Mary Kelly and Kathy Wolff, from the publication “To Tell You The Truth.” The book recounts the stories of victims, their families, members of the security forces and in some cases the perpetrators during the Troubles.
Mary Kelly told of her experience of losing her brother during the Troubles and how it impacted her family. She spoke about her involvement with Bishop Tutu through a restorative justice programme which involved her meeting her brother’s killer.
Local Community Relations Forum worker Kathy Wolff shared how the conflict had affected her family and explained how her experiences had steered her in the direction of her current community development role in Glengormley.
Speaking after the event, Councillor Roisin Lynch, Vice-Chair of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee commented, “I was delighted with the level of interest in our Leading Ladies event held during Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week. We were challenged in our thinking, attitudes and behaviours. I was particularly struck by both speakers’ attitudes about “not staying bitter and needing to move on”. This is a challenge for us all to think about.”