There has been a universal welcome to the announcement ealier this year that former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese and her husband, Senator Martin McAleese, are to receive the 2011 Tipperary International Peace Award, according to Peace Convention Secretary, Martin Quinn.
As the Convention gears up for the Award presentation and associated events in July, there is a great feeling of achievement in their work by this small but dedicated team, which includes one of the founding members Joe Quinn. “It is great that Joe remains at the helm and it ensures that the ideals and aspirations of the founding members are still to the forefront close on 30 years later” says the Convention Secretary when he was outlining plans for the programme of events for July 2012.
“Everyone has warmly welcomed the news that Professor and Senator McAleese are to receive the 2011 Peace Award and the presentation ceremony at Ballykisteen Hotel on Thursday July 5th is sure to be a very special one in the history of the Tipperary Peace Award. Already we have received confirmation of attendance from over 15 Ambassadors, the Attorney General, the President of the High Court, the Chair of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, the Leader of the SDLP, the former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland, the Garda Commissioner, the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces along with representative of the main Churches and peace based organisations North and South. The attendance of so many holders of high office is a reflection of the major significance of the Tipperary Peace Award and of the esteem in which the McAleese’s are held” said Martin Quinn.
He has also welcomed the news that Tipperary Town Council are to accord a Civic Reception to Professor and Senator McAleese during their visit to Tipperary. “This decision by the members of the Town Council is indeed very welcome news and is a further worthy recognition of the efforts of the McAleese’s in promoting peace and reconciliation”.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.