20 Mar

Stars Come Out For Gala Ball

Actors Ciaran Hinds and James Ellis joined business leaders and dignitaries at a gala event in Belfast when the Integrated Education Fund hosted a celebration ball at the Europa Hotel. 

Baroness May Blood MBE, Sir George and Lady Bain and businessmen Desmond Wilson and Terry Cross were among more than 200 guests enjoying entertainment from acclaimed soul/jazz singer Mirenda Rosenberg and comedian Adrian Walsh, a close friend of the late Frank Carson.  Diners were piped into the Grand Ballroom by champion bagpiper, ten year old Ryan Cupples-Menendez. (more…)

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14 Mar

Dergmoney Playgroup Welcomes More Children into Integrated Education

Omagh Integrated Primary School welcomed IEF Chair Marie Cowan and her husband Ronnie when they officially opened the school’s new Dergmoney Pre-School Centre.  The event also gave the school and its supporters the chance to thank the generous donors, including the Jim and Lynn Moroney Family Foundation of Dallas Texas  who have funded a new playgroup which will bring more children into integrated education each year.  The pre-school facility will offer 20  places in addition to those already available at Omagh Integrated Nursery.  It’s been established thanks to a gift from the Moroney Family Foundation via the IEF’s Increasing Places in Integrated Schools (IPIS) grants scheme. (more…)

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9 Mar

International Conference Studies Thirty Years Of Integrated Education

Paul Caskey, Campaign Director of the Integrated Education Fund, joined past and present integrated school principals to share their experiences with an international gathering in Belfast recently.

Teachers from Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia and Cyprus as well as academics from Germany, the USA and Northern Ireland attended a Conference for Integrated Peace Education which focused on ways of bringing young people from different cultures together in a context of division and conflict.  The conference was hosted by Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education in conjunction with the Hebrew University Jerusalem and the Open University of Cyprus and is supported by the Open Society. (more…)

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29 Feb

Liam Neeson Throws A Party For The Fund!

Ballymena- born actor Liam Neeson recently held a reception in New York for high-profile American supporters of the Integrated Education Fund, given in honour of the Fund’s Campaign Chair Baroness May Blood MBE. 
The party, at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel was jointly hosted with the American Ireland Fund (AIF) and the Northern Ireland Bureau.



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28 Feb

Response to the Draft Programme for Government 2011-2015

 “A Peace Deal for Education?”


The commitment in the Programme for Government (PfG) to shared education reflects a significant statement of political and institutional commitment to addressing the separate and competitive nature of our education system.  It potentially opens up the possibility of mature dialogue and the building of trust between all those who have significant interests in education to reshape our education system to become the driver for a more “prosperous, tolerant, stable and inclusive society.” [1] (more…)

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22 Feb

Frank Carson – A Friend To Integrated Education

Everyone involved in the Integrated Education Fund has been saddened by the death of our great friend and supporter Frank Carson. He is widely known as a comedian and his loyalty to his Belfast roots was often shown, but his charitable side may not be as renowned.

Frank’s association with the Integrated Education Fund began when his son Tony, an IEF donor and volunteer fundraiser, invited him to an event in Terry Cross’s Chateau De La Ligne in Bordeaux.  Since then, Frank proved to be a true friend of integrated education.  Frank became involved with us as soon as he could, came over to visit some integrated schools, rallied  his many friends from all corners of the islands and not only gave generously himself but also  worked hard to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the IEF.   (more…)

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