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Rose Foley, under the direction of David Fairman and Laura Keane
Five-party, multi-issue, EU-mediated negotiation between representatives of Catholic and Protestant groups regarding a Protestant marching route through Catholic neighborhoods
The March at Drumcree Role Play is a simulation from the Workable Peace Curriculum Series unit on Religion and Nationalism in Northern Ireland.
This role play is set in the mixed Protestant/ Catholic town of Portadown, Northern Ireland. The conflict centers around the issue of Protestant celebrations of the Protestant defeat of the last Catholic King of England in 1690. These celebrations, in the form of marches through the neighborhoods of Portadown, have been occurring for nearly two hundred years; however, due to changing demographics, some of these neighborhoods are nor inhabited primarily by Catholics, who view the marches as a symbol of Protestant domination. As this role play begins, a government commission has ordered representatives of the Orange Order, the Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition, the RUC, the Protestant Church of Ireland, and the Catholic Church to try to resolve the dispute, with the help of a mediator from the European Union. Specifically at issue are the following questions: whether the march will take place, and if so, the route that it will take; what behavior rules the marchers and residents will follow; and what kind of long-term arrangements can be made to settle such disputes in the future.
GOALS OF A WORKABLE ROLE PLAY:
The Workable Peace March at Drumcree Role Play aims to:
- Provide accurate history and background information on the Northern Ireland conflict, and specifically the conflict over the issue of Protestant marches, and provide opportunities for students to engage with this history in a direct and realistic context
- Stimulate and motivate student learning through active participation, as well as reading, writing, class discussion and other forms of analysis and expression.
- Build students' negotiation and conflict management skills by asking them to take on the roles of participants seeking to resolve a conflict through negotiation, with support and feedback as they prepare, conduct and debrief the role play.
- Challenge students to find the links between the conflicts presented in the role play and the conflict resolution steps presented in the Workable Peace Framework, and the links to other conflicts in history and in their own lives.
Teacher's Package includes:
- History and General Instructions
- Confidential Instructions for four parties and a mediator
- Framework for a Workable Peace
- Teaching Notes
If you would like additional information about the Workable Peace framework and teaching materials, including information about teacher training and support, please contact Workable Peace Co-Directors David Fairman or Stacie Smith at:
The Consensus Building Institute, Inc. 238 Maint Street, Suite 400 Cambridge, MA 02142 Tel: 617-492-1414 Fax: 617-492-1919 web: www.cbuilding.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March at Drumcree Role Play, The Attributes
|Time required:||3-5 hours|
|Number of participants:||6|
|Neutral third party present:||Mediator|
|Teaching notes available:||Yes|