Vincent has a great passion for human rights and justice for all which can lead to true peace and reconciliation and justice for all. This was driven at a very young age by understanding the teaching of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi and through this deep passion and learning Vincent has been the driving force behind a key International Peace Reconciliation Day which has become a worldwide phenomena celebrated in April. Vincent was also closely involved in negotiating the funds for the reconciliation and peace in Northern Ireland with the European Funding Commissioner. A letter dated 30 January 1996 from Mr. Esben Poulsen on behalf of the President of the Commission, Jacques Santer stated to Vincent I admire your enthusiasm and commitment .... The peace and reconciliation programme can only be successful if new ideas like yours are generated from within the populations of Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland themselves Seanad Ãireann - Volume 148 - 26 July, 1996, Adjournment Matter. - International Day of Peace. Mr. Coyle's proposal has received generalised support from various Ministers of this Government, members of the European Commission, various agencies of Government, etc., but he is being continually placed in a Catch-22 situation. Before the ceasefire he mounted the “Derry Can Do It” campaign to hold the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest in Derry city, RTE having staged the contest for two successive years in the South. This may appear to be a dream but look at what has happened. Nobody believed that contest could be successfully staged in Millstreet yet it was an immense success. It says something for the vision of Mr. Coyle who, in his document, quoted President Kennedy who said that the best way to secure the future is to invent it. If we could invent a future in which there was peace achieved through reconciliation — the only way to achieve permanent peace — and if by imagining it, we could accomplish it, even if in the process we were labelled “naive”, we would have done something very worthwhile indeed. In 2009, International Year of Reconciliation - Bearing in mind the Charter of the United Nations, including the purposes and principles contained therein, and in particular those of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war, bringing about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace, and practising tolerance and living together in peace with one another as good neighbours, thus developing friendly relations among nations and promoting international cooperation to resolve international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian issues, Vincent Coyle has giving his full support
From The Rubble is a unique, multi-media Theatre of Witness production, created from the true stories of men and women from Northern Ireland. An original Theatre of Witness Production of the Playhouse in Derry/Londonderry with those affected by the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
A man blown up in car bomb as a child, male and female ex-combatants, a retired British soldier, and the widow of one of the worst human atrocities of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, share their true stories onstage. These six brave performers meet across great political and sectarian divides to share their journeys of violence, healing and peace building.
Told with raw honesty and poetic insight, the performers share stories of accountability, insight, sorrow, and forgiveness.
"It was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life - picking over the bones of a war."