Twenty years ago – March 20 1993 – was an extraordinary day in my youth work career – and a day when everything started to change. If the lowest ebb is the turn of the tide, then the events of that day were part of the point where the tide turned for Northern Ireland.
The focus of my day was a visit to Phoenix Park in Dublin, with a group of young people who had been involved in the work of the Peace People – to meet the Irish President, Mary Robinson in the Áras an Uachtaráin. Amongst my group were two young men – Jean and Sean – who were on either side of one of the most awful events of ‘The Troubles’ – a sectarian shooting onboard a mobile shop in Craigavon in which their sisters were killed alongside the shop owner.
John and Sean had participated…
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