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July 15, 2008

IAUC Sponsors Féile An Phobail


IAUC Sponsors Féile An Phobail

Contact: Kate McCabe, IAUC National President,
734.657.2436; Sean Paul O'Hare, Director, Féile an Phobail,
+44 28 9031 3440

July 15, 2008—The Irish American Unity Conference (IAUC) is
delighted to announce its sponsorship of West Belfast's
20th Anniversary Féile an Phobail, which will take place
this August 3rd through 10th, 2008, in West Belfast,

The community festival was first established in 1988 as a
direct response to the conflict in the north of Ireland,
and showcases the enormous amount of ingenuity, innovation,
energy and passion for positive community development
throughout West Belfast. The IAUC is the first
International Sponsor of Féile an Phobail.

Féile Director Sean Paul O'Hare commented on the
significance of the IAUC's support: "We welcome the IAUC as
official sponsors for our August Féile and we value their
involvement in this year's festival. This year has been
particularly difficult with massive cuts to our funding.
However we have come through many years of hardship and yet
we always managed to not only survive but also thrive. This
year is no exception."

2008 also marks the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday
Agreement and the 25th anniversary of the IAUC. According
the McCabe, though the IAUC will be celebrating the
achievements of the past throughout the year, the current
goals and campaigns of the organization reflect the need
for a new vision of international support for peace with
justice as defined by local communities.

Sponsorship of this year's festival is part of the IAUC's
Fair Investment campaign, which was kicked off at Forbairt
Feirste's Cultural Economy Conference in West Belfast in
May. "We wanted to showcase this community initiative, and
to recognize the important role the Féile has played in
promoting peace building and intergenerational
participation at the local level for the past twenty
years," said IAUC National President Kate McCabe.

"We are hoping that through our involvement with the
festival, and our recognition of local efforts in the north
of Ireland, we might strengthen the ties between Irish
Americans and Irish communities—particularly those who are
moving the peace process on the ground forward daily in
historically marginalized areas. It is in these areas
where the foundations for a secure and lasting peace will
be built." McCabe said.

O'Hare added, "We hope to expand our programme in the
coming years and we especially want to welcome more of our
friends from the U.S.A. The festival has been to the fore
in relation to developing positive relations during the
peace process. We create events where all the communities
of Ireland can come together and debate our differences and
then celebrate our cultures in a positive and productive
fashion. So with the support of the IAUC, we will have a
very successful festival. We would also love to welcome
even more U.S visitors to our great community arts party in


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