The guestlist for the Tipperary International Peace Awards (below), reflects the growing national and international prestige with which the Tipperary Peace Conference is being held.
First set up in Tipperary town back in 1983, the Awards have grown to such an extent that this year, it’s understood even the Swedish Academy - responsible for the Nobel Prize - sent a scout over to Ireland to check out their sister Peace Awards. The symposium is chaired by Joe Quinn, presented by Martin Quinn.
Present at the glittering gala dinner were:
His Excellencies and Ambassadors at Embassies of:
Mr. Robert Devriese (Belgium). Mr. Loyola Hearn (Canada). Dr. Michalis Stavrinos (Republic of Cyprus).
Mrs. Lela-alem Gebreyohannes Tedla (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethopia).
Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier (Federal Republic of Germany). Dr. Tamás Magyarics (Republic of Hungary)
Ms. Catherine Muigai Mwangi (Republic of Kenya). Mr. Peteris Karlis Elferts (Republic of Latvia). Mr. Paramente Phamotse (Kingdom of Lesotho).
Mr. Felix Yusufu Pwol (Federal Republic of Nigeria) . Mr. Dominick John Chilcott (United Kingdom) . Ms. Hjayceelyn Quintana, (Minister and Chargée d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines)
Cllr. Ruaidhri Devitt, Mayor of Tipperary
Cllr. John Crosse, Cathaoirleach, South Tipperary County Council
Oireachtas & Assembly Members & Party Reps
Minister Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D. Mr. Seamus Healy, T.D. Senator Denis Landy Senator Labhras O’ Murchu. Mr. Seán Rogers, SDLP MLA for South Down. Mr. Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party. Dr. Martin Mansergh, former T.D. & Minister of State
Lieutenant General Seán McCann, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody, (PSNI). Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, An Garda Siochána. Superintendent Patrick Dunne, An Garda Siochána Lieutenant Commander Roberta O’Brien, The Naval Service
His Grace, Most Rev. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly
The Right Reverend Bishop Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel & Ossory
Rev. Ken Lindsay, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
Rev. John Faris, Presbyterian Church
Archdeacon Matthew McGrath, P.P., Tipperary Parish
Very Rev Dean Philip Knowles, Dean of Cashel
Fr. Gerry Reynolds CSsR., Clonard Monastery, Belfast
Fr. Brian D’Arcy, St. Gabriel’s Retreat, The Graan, Enniskillen
North/South Ministerial Council
Mr. Pat Donaghy, Deputy Joint Secretary (North), North South Ministerial Council. Mr. Sean Howlett, representing Acting Joint Secretary (South), North South Ministerial Council
N.I. Parades Commission. Mr Peter Osborne, Chair of the NI Parades Commission
Ms. Claire Curley, Town Manager, Tipperary Town, South Tipperary County Council. Mr. Paul Murray, Town Clerk, Tipperary Town Council
Mr. Ian Bothwell, MBE, Crossfire Trust, Keady, Armagh. Mrs. Pauline Bothwell, Crossfire Trust. Mr. Michael Doherty, Peace & Reconciliation Group, Derry . Mrs. Rosemary Doherty, Peace & Reconciliation Group, Derry.
Rev. David J Kerr, MBE, East Belfast Mission
Mrs. Eileen Kerr, East Belfast Mission
Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court
Mr. Peter Power, Executive Director UNICEF
Ms Christine Coman, Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation. Mrs. Alice Leahy, TRUST. Mr. Peter Byrne, Company National President O.N.E.. Col. Harvey Bicker, OBE, The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust. Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Focus Ireland. Ms. Rachel Collier, Young Social Innovators
Mr. Michael Sweeney, Muintir na Tíre
Professor Riad Nourallah, Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster
Ms. Anastasia Crickley, Head of Applied Social Studies at NUI Maynooth
Professor Joan Dargan, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
Dr. Michael Casey, Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellow
Ms. Isabel Cambie, South Tipperary Development Company
Cllr. Liam Ahearne, South Tipperary Development Company
Mr Khalil Abboud, Lebanon
Dr Maria El Khoury, Lebanaon
Ms Rita Sfeir, Ayadina Foundation
Ms Clara Khoury, Generis Cultural Foundation
Mr. John Wort, Durlas Eile Eliogarty Memorial Committee
Mr. Andy Lacey, Tipperary Excel
Mr. Roy Galvin, Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society
Ms. Jennifer Coleman, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre
Mrs. Betty Lynch, Tipperary Singers
Ms. Libby Carew-Eicholz, West Tipperary Mental Health Association
Mr. Tim Ryan, TIRD/Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Matthew Quinlan, Tipperary Co-operative Creamery
Peace Forum Speakers
Baroness Nuala O’Loan, former Police Ombudsman of NI
Mr. Roy Garland, Columnist and Member of the U.U.P
Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin
Ms. Diana Buckley, Pride of Tipperary
Ms. Esme Mansergh Wallace, Miss Sunday World
Ms. Liz Howard, former President of the Camogie Assoiation
Mr. Michael Babs Keating, former GAA Player & Manager
Local Authority Delegates
Song of Peace Finalists from Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and the U.S.A.
School Project Winners from Thurles C.B.S., Cashel Community School & St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary.