FORMER President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Senator Martin McAleese are to be jointly honoured as the 2011 recipients of the Tipperary International Peace Award, at a red carpet ceremony in Ballykisteen Hotel, on Thursday July 5th.
Previous recipients of the Tipperary Peace Award - now nearly 30 years old - include Nelson Mandela, Bob Geldof, and Bill Clinton. “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,” said Convention Secretary Martin Quinn.
Tipperary Town Council will also 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,” added Mr Quinn.
The programme of events being organised by Tipperary Peace Convention will run from Thursday July 5th to Sunday July 8th. The events programme includes a Peace Forum. This year’s topic will focus on the lessons learned from Ireland’s troubled past in planning for a peaceful future.
Guest speakers will include Baronees Nuala O’Loan, former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland and Lord John Alderdice, former Leader of the Alliance Party. The Song of Peace is also a key event on the programme. Amongst the finalists this year is Tipperary Nationalist Correspondent, Caitriona Kenny, with a song titled “Peace Be With Me”.