In 1985 Northern Ireland was in the grip of our violent conflict, tearing apart our society in sectarian division. A small group of people volunteered their time and dedicated part of their lives to developing the idea of having a residential centre which was based on a holistic approach to non-violence. This idea was originally created by the "Peace People" from Belfast who wanted to create a centre to which they could bring groups of all ages and backgrounds. In this centre they would run programmes based around three core elements: work, recreation and discussion. Kilcranny House was born.
The first five years of Kilcranny's life saw the renovation of the main house, the establishment of an organic garden and the laying down of foundations for fundraising, administration and group programmes. Kilcranny was run by international and local volunteers who were managed by a committee of people from a range of backgrounds.
In 1991, government funding was secured from the Community Relations Unit in Northern Ireland. This funding went towards the employment of a co-ordinator and running costs for the centre. The co-ordinator was employed to provide continuity and accountability, needed more than ever as the popularity of Kilcranny House was growing.
Over the next few years there was a steadily growing demand from groups interested in using Kilcranny. This prompted the building of an impressive new 28-bed accommodation block in 1994. In 1996 Kilcranny decided to function independently from the Peace People and ended formal links with the organization.
Today, Kilcranny House continues to grow and progress. Our journey is not an easy one and many challenges are in our path. However, due to the dedication, commitment and determination of a wide range of people connected with Kilcranny House, we will continue to make a difference in Northern Ireland, and in the world.
At Kilcranny House we are committed to promoting positive peace & reconciliation, healing the divisions which exist between people and exploring non-violence as a way of life and a means of working for change in our society.
Kilcranny is a place where people can grow in their relationships with each other through co-operative work, discussion and relaxation. We provide a safe spaces for groups and individuals to experiment in living with differences and challenging boundaries. We are committed to addressing divisions which exist between people in Northern Ireland. We also strive to live a lifestyle that cherishes and protects our environment. Through projects of work, recreation and discussion we believe that many fears , prejudices and conflicts can be resolved. Kilcranny provides an atmosphere for the exchange of views and skills, in the understanding that everyone has something to offer to the work of peace, and that each person can contribute in their own way to making our world a better place.