Free Symposium: Good Friday Agreement 15th Anniversary

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6 - 9pm

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The Good Friday Agreement, a major political development in the Northern Ireland peace process, ranks among the most significant peace accords in history. This May will mark the 15th anniversary of this historic peace effort. The event will reflect on the importance of this agreement and the impact that it has had in the ongoing peace process.

Join us and hear American diplomat and former Senator George Mitchell, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland under President Clinton, as he makes a keynote address about this famed and still unfolding document and UN Registered Peace Agreement. Panel discussion will follow with Congressman Richard Neal ( MA) & Congressman Joe Crowley (NY) & Mark Thompson, Director of Relatives for Justice (RFJ) - Belfast.

Admission is free, but seating is limited to 900. Tickets will be issued for seat reservations. Seating is limited, so please only make reservations if you are sure that you can attend.

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For more information, contact Sean Pender, NJ AOH President and AOH National FFAI Chair via phone at 609 462 7056 or email at or Dan Dennehy, NYS FFAI Chair via email at

This event is sponsored by the AOH, The Irish American Good Friday Agreement 15th Anniversary Coalition - Ancient Order of Hibernians, Brehon Law Societies, Irish American Unity Conference. Sponsors - Friendly Sons of St Patrick, LI, CAIR and RFJ-USA, Daniel Shaughnessy of BNY Mellon Wealth Mgmt, Preferred Mechanical and Penny Hitchcock. Co-Sponsored by Cooper Union Continuing Education & Public Programs

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