“Change must come from the ordinary people and we all must be leaders in that change,” the audience at the opening of this year’s Peadar O’Donnell Weekend in Dungloe was told.
John Douglas, President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and General Secretary of Mandate, spoke passionately and with great conviction to the audience at Ionad Tempaill Chroine Library last night.
“We must all be leaders in the movement, not continuously looking to what we perceive to be the leadership for answers,” he continued. “Change will only come from the ordinary people.”
Event organiser Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says he’s delighted with this year’s Peadar O’Donnell weekend so far, which commemorates the local teacher turned activist/writer.
““Events like ours are very important because they they offer alternative viewpoints. We need to be looking at alternatives if we want change.”
Other events this weekend include a history trip to Castlefort with Sean Bonner, a book fair, discussions on internment, the ‘Alternative Ulster Covenant’, and Ireland’s future, the launch David Convery’s new book, music, stories and song.