Seminar to focus in the ‘Protestant Experience’ in city today

Brian Dougherty. LS28-102KM
Brian Dougherty. LS28-102KM

The director of St Columb’s Park House, Brian Dougherty, will talk on ‘The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths?’ at a seminar on Thursday 23rd May in the City Hotel in Derry.

The seminar will explore some of the key issues currently affecting the Protestant Unionist Loyalist community today.

The talk will be followed by a conversation chaired by Maureen Hetherington of Towards Understanding and Healing involving both Brian Dougherty and Eamonn Deane, director of Holywell Trust.

The morning seminar will also feature two short drama pieces created by playwright Jonathan Burgess of Blue Eagle Productions, perhaps best known for his play ‘The Exodus’, which dramatised the story of the migration of the Protestant community from the West Bank to the East Bank of the city in the early and mid-seventies. These two drama pieces are selected from Jonathan’s recent work ‘Exiled’ commissioned by the Church of Ireland locally.

Brian told the Journal; “It promises to be an interesting morning. The aim is give everyone who’s there the time and opportunities to engage in respectful dialogue around the issues and concerns raised. One of the key questions to be addressed during this event is the challenging one of the best way we can work together to create a shared city.”

The seminar is in the Corinthian Room in the City Hotel and runs from 9.30am – 1.00pm. It will be followed by a light lunch.

The event is being organised by Towards Understanding and Healing in conjunction with Community Dialogue and LINC/CCWA. To register, please contact either Jackie McColgan at or telephone Maureen Hetherington on 02871 361942. If you have any dietary or sensory requirements please let Jackie know.

See opinion piece from Brian Dougherty in Tuesday’s Journal.