Troubles, Trauma, and Transcendence
This seminar is being held by the College of Psychology at City Colleges on Saturday, November 24th, in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Platform.
This seminar is for at those who work with trauma or who are interested in the experience of recovery from trauma or are recovering from trauma.
The seminar will present four speakers discussing their personal experiences, and the experiences of others, of trauma, focussing on how they see people transcending and recovering from these encounters.
All proceeds will be donated to a registered charity after Eventbrite fees have been deducted.
The event will be chaired by Dr. Finian Fallon, Dean of Business and Psychology at City College and will include Q&A discussion between speakers and the audience. The biographies of Finian and the conference speakers are as follows:
Chair and Speakers
Dr. Finian Fallon (Chair)
Finian is a chartered psychologist and educator born in Dublin. Finian was aged four, and one of five children, when in 1970 his father, Garda Richard Fallon, was murdered on duty during a bank robbery in Dublin city. His experiences led to him becoming a psychotherapist. Finian has extensive experience as a psychotherapist working with survivors of torture and clients diagnosed with PTSD and related challenges.
Stephen Travers is a renowned musician, born in Tipperary. He joined one of Ireland’s most popular groups, The Miami Showband, and is a survivor of the infamous massacre of the band that took place in 1975. He was a founding director and the first editor of The Irish World Newspaper in Britain. He is also an author, screenwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. He has travelled extensively to discuss his experiences. In 2019 Netflix will release a major documentary based on the book “The Miami Showband Massacre; A survivor’s search for the truth” written by Stephen with Neil Fetherstonhaugh. Stephen is co-founder and Chairman of Truth and Reconciliation Platform (TaRP).
In 2014, Máiría waived anonymity as a complainant in a sexual abuse case and made public her experiences of being abused as a teenager by a Provisional IRA member and being subjected to an IRA internal investigation which forced her to confront her abuser. A documentary, “A Woman Alone with the IRA”, prompted a review of Public Prosecution Service conduct in three cases related to Cahill’s allegations. Described by Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny as “a courageous, confident, brave young woman who is a force to be reckoned with”, in 2015, she was elected as a Senator to the Irish Oireachtas. In July 2018 she joined Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party and works as a local councillor.
Brought up in Crossmaglen, from a Unionist background with a family history of 11 generations in the region, Kenny Donaldson has been involved in supporting those impacted by the Troubles for many years. Since 2008, Kenny has worked with the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) and has also been a spokesman for Innocent Victims United, an umbrella body for 23 victims’ groups representing victims and survivors of terrorism and other Troubles-related violence across Northern Ireland, Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and mainland Europe.
To be confirmed
(Speakers may change)
Date Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Venue City Colleges, Wicklow House, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
10:00 Registration & Tea/Coffee
10:30 – 12:30 20 minutes presentation/talk by each speaker followed by ten minutes Q&A from the audience
12:30 – 13:15 Tea/Coffee/Lunch Break (light refreshments provided by City Colleges)
13:15 – 14:15 Panel / Audience Discussion