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Our History

As Ray Davey watched from a prisoner of war camp the Allied firebombs that destroyed Dresden in 1945, he realised we all can succumb to hatred and violence when we accept a narrative of ‘us’ versus ‘them’. Changed by this experience and inspired by communities of ecumenical Christian faith around Europe, Ray and others founded The Corrymeela Community in 1965 as a way of building a more peaceful N. Ireland.   

During the conflict known as the Troubles, we welcomed people from different sides and provided a way for them to meet safely, have difficult conversations well and support one another. As we did so, we built a network of relationships based on trust and reconciliation. These relationships played a part in accelerating the N. Ireland peace process and inspiring people around the world to live out reconciliation in their daily lives. 


Ballycastle Site Purchased & Political Conference November 1965.


Coventry Cross of Nails presented to Corrymeela


Playground opened in memory of Sean Armstrong


Opening of The Croi.


Niwano Peace Prize awarded to Corrymeela.


Prince Charles opens the new Main House.


Dalai Lama visits Corrymeela.


Davey Village Opened.


Celebrating fifty years of peacemaking.