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.
The first five years of Kilcranny's life saw the renovation of the main house, the establishment of an organic garden and the laying down of foundations for fundraising, administration and group programmes. Kilcranny was run by international and local volunteers who were managed by a committee of people from a range of backgrounds.
In 1991, government funding was secured from the Department of Community Relations. This funding went towards the employment of a co-ordinator and running costs for the centre. The co-ordinator was employed to provide continuity and accountability, needed more than ever as the popularity of Kilcranny House was growing.
Over the next few years there was a steadily growing demand from groups interested in using Kilcranny. This prompted the building of an impressive new accommodation block in 1994. In 1996 Kilcranny decided to function independently from the Peace People and ended formal links with the organization.
Today, Kilcranny House continues to grow and progress. The path is not an easy one. However, due to the dedication, commitment and determination of a wide range of people connected with Kilcranny House, we will continue to make a difference in Northern Ireland.
Clarke Whittaker - Chairperson
Gillian Coward - Treasurer
Olaf Hvattum - Secretary