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Ulster University ,The European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK, The John and Pat Hume Foundation are hosting the launch of the exhibition "He Made Hope and History Rhyme" and panel discussion. Organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in 2023 and celebrate one of that momentous occasion's principal architects, John Hume (1937-2020).

The display also honours twenty-five years since Hume was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with David Trimble for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. The exhibition, “He made hope and history rhyme” takes inspiration from the words of fellow Nobel prize winner and friend, Seamus Heaney.

The exhibition features panels with highlights of Hume’s role in the peace process alongside a bronze bust, one of only five specially commissioned pieces created by Ballymena born sculptor, Liz O’Kane. The remaining busts are installed at the Irish embassies in Washington DC, London, the European Parliament in Strasbourg and Leinster House in Dublin. After the tour of Ulster University’s campuses this piece will take up residence in the Guildhall in December 2024. Alongside the exhibition is a creation by Dublin tapestry artist, Catherine O’Connor whose grandparents hail from Derry~Londonderry. The tapestry, commissioned by friends of John and Pat Hume shines a light on Pat and the strength of her relationship with John and her integral role in the peace process.

12pm - 1pm Exhibition opening
1pm - 1.45pm

Panel discussion hosted by Ulster University Provost, Cathy Gormley-Heenan

  • Jim Nicholson, former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) politician and member of European Parliament 1989 – 2019
  • Professor Paul Arthur, Board member John and Pat Hume Foundation
  • Dr Mary C.Murphy, University College Cork

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Wednesday 17 April

12pm to 1.45pm

Main Reception Foyer