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About us

TTT - Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma was established in 2016. The project was founded by Michael O'Hare. Michael’s Sister, Majella was killed in 1976 when she was just 12 years old. TTT aims to highlight legacy issues with regards to the troubles in Northern Ireland, encourage reconciliation and promote positive mental wellbeing for those affected by the troubles. 

See below for more detail

To date TTT has presented 9 conferences:

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 1:

Northern Ireland's Historic Legacy with victims: Eugene Reavey, Stephen Travers, Alan McBride and Joe Campbell. (January 2016)

Chair: Dr Mary McAleese - Former President of Ireland

Contributors: Dr Tom Clonan – Irish Times, Eamonn Mallie - Journalist and author, Jane Winter - Retired Director, British Irish Rights Watch and Owen Bowcott - Guardian journalist.

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 2:

Seamus Mallon in conversation with Jon Snow. (February 2017)


Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 3:

The Future of Unionism in Northern Ireland. (February 2018)

Contributors: Linda Ervine - Language rights activist, Sam McBride – Journalist, Mike Nesbitt – Politician and former broadcaster and Basil McCrea – Politician.


Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 4:

Women in Ulster Politics. (January 2019)

Chair: Dr Mary McAleese - Former President of Ireland

Contributors: Margaret Ritchie – SDLP, Michelle Gildernew – Sinn Fein, Claire Sugden – Former Justice Minister NI, Sorcha Eastwood – Alliance Party and Avila Kilmurray – NI Women’s Coalition Party.

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 5:

January 2020

Chair: Lord Clive Soley.

Contributors: Baroness May Blood and Lord Alf Dubs. 

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 6:

May 2021

Chair: Shelagh Fogarty

Contributors: Fionnuala O'Connor, Martina Purdy and Eamonn Mallie

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 7: The True Face of Reconciliation 

February 2022

Chair: Peter Taylor OBE - Journalist & Documentary Maker

Contributors: Richard Moore and Charles Inness

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 8: Conflict & Trauma

May 2022

Chair: Senator Tom Clonan

Contributors: Peter Finn & Susan McKay

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma Part 9: Integrated Education - A Route to Reconciliation

February 2023

Chair: Shelagh Fogarty

Contributors: Father Brian D'Arcy CP OBE Dr Anne Murray-Cavanagh Paul Caskey OBE

The project aims and objectives:


1. Highlight Northern Ireland's Troubles legacy issues to a wider audience.

2. Promote wellbeing for those affected by the troubles.

3. Encourage reconciliation between communities.

4. Research the needs of the victims whom are part of the Irish emigrant community in the UK.

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