Well known singer Sharon Murphy will swap the stage for the platform on August 3rd. Best known as a contestant on The Voice UK Sharon also runs anti-racism workshops and will be participating in a Conference entitled, “The New Irish as ‘us’ – Identity and Integration in Modern Ireland,” being held at Kilkenny College on Monday, August 3rd.
Joining Sharon will be Ireland’s most outstanding human rights advocate, Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental. This sprightly 80 year old travels the length and breadth of Ireland every week speaking to young people of his horrific suffering in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Stating that he wants people to understand he is not just speaking about the past but trying to open dialogue on issues of today, Reichental says: “The Holocaust didn’t start with cattle wagons and gas chambers but with whispers, taunts, daubing, abuse, and finally murder. One of the lessons we must learn is to respect difference and reject all forms of racism and discrimination.”
Other speakers from NGOs and stakeholder communities within Ireland as well as international human rights expert Dr. Payam Akhavan will also contribute to the Kilkenny event.
Said conference organiser Patricia Rainsford of the Bahá‘í Information Office: “Managing diversity is one of the biggest challenges in Irish society today yet in nature diversity is a sign of health. Nobody would expect – or want – the eye and the heart to do the same job in the body would they? This conference will shine a spotlight on some of the issues facing us as we strive to build a society which not only tolerates and manages but actually values our differences. The issues in our society don’t exist because we are different they exist because we are still trying to learn how – different as we are – we can learn to work together to build a healthy, happy, prosperous Ireland.”
The New Irish as ‘us’ – Identity and Integration in Modern Ireland is open to the public and, though admission is free, please book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your name is added to the list for lunch and dinner.