In 1985 the Seeds of Kilcranny House were sown. A small group of people volunteered their time and dedicated part of their life to developing the idea of having a residential centre based on a holistic approach to non-violence. This idea was originally created by the "Peace People" from Belfast who wanted to create a centre to which they could bring groups of all ages and backgrounds. In this centre they would run programmes based around three core elements: work, recreation and discussion.  Kilcranny House was born.