Prince Harry meets Co-operation Ireland programme participants on his first official visit to Northern Ireland
During his first official visit to Belfast on Thursday 7 September, Prince Harry attended a Co-operation Ireland event to celebrate one of its largest peace-building programmes - Amazing the Space and help to officially launch the end year of the programme.
During the event, which was held at The MAC Theatre, the Prince heard about last year’s inaugural programme, which concluded with more than 5000 young people attending the finale celebration. After hearing some of the peace pledges the young people developed, Prince Harry presented pupils from 10 schools with their specially framed peace pledges.
The occasion provided him the opportunity to speak to young people involved in other Co-operation Ireland peace-building programmes. Participants involved in the Fair Chance, CATCH and Northern Ireland National Citizen Service programmes outlined some of the activities they completed and highlighted how they supported other people in their communities, ranging from assisting the elderly to supporting young people with mental health problems.
Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive Co-operation Ireland said
“We are delighted that on his first official visit to Belfast, Prince Harry was keen to hear more about the work of Co-operation Ireland. It is obvious he has a great affinity with young people and has an interest in promoting peace and reconciliation. He spoke to many of the young people involved in our programmes and wanted to learn more about the affect they had on their own personal development. He also spoke passionately and powerfully to the young people about having the courage to take the lead in peace-building in their communities.”
After the event, the Prince met some of the assembled crowd in St Anne's Square.