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Jo Berry – 35 years after

Jo Berry – 35 years after

12 October 2019 On the 35th anniversary of the IRA bomb at the Grand Brighton Hotel in Brighton that killed her father, Jo Berry reflects on the impact that it has had on her and the subsequent work she has done for reconciliation. “I was 27 and vowed to bring something positive out of the atrocity. That never ends, and today I renew my commitment to be bolder in my peace-work for Building Bridges for Peace, be more courageous in…

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The Healing Power of a Handshake

The Healing Power of a Handshake

Forgiveness in Northern Ireland Jo Berry – 30 June 2012 The politics of that handshake between the Queen and Martin McGuinness hide an intensely personal drama: he was once a leader of the group that killed her cousin, Lord Mountbatten. Here, the daughter of another IRA victim reflects on her journey to forgiveness and reconciliation I  made a personal decision just two days after an IRA bomb killed my lovely father, Sir Anthony Berry, to bring something positive out of the…

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Love Thy Enemy – Article in the Huffington Post by David Miles

Love Thy Enemy – Article in the Huffington Post by David Miles

Sir Anthony Berry was killed in the Irish Republican Army’s bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1984. His daughter Jo talks about her friendship with the man convicted of the attack and why she thinks empathy can make a difference. When confronted with the heart wrenching reality of conflict there are some individuals who, in their search for understanding, want more than the comforting truths provided by national, cultural or familial bonds. In Peter Beinart’s powerful new book,…

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