Mary and Martin McAleese to receive peace award in Tipperary next month

Mon, Jun 25, 2012, 01:00

A Tipperary Town Council civic reception awaits former president Mary McAleese and her husband, Senator Martin McAleese, when they visit to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award next month.

It is part of the Tipperary International Peace Convention, which is being held from July 5th to 8th.

Among the many events planned are an International Song of Peace contest, a peace forum and an ecumenical service for peace.

Peace Convention secretary Martin Quinn said confirmation of attendance has been received from 15 ambassadors, the Attorney General, the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, the president of the High Court, the leader of the SDLP, the chair of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission and representatives of the Naval Service, An Garda Síochána, the PSNI, the main churches, and peace organisations from the Republic and Northern Ireland.

“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 McAleeses are held,” said Mr Quinn.

“The Peace Convention events will be followed by a week-long programme marking the 100th anniversary of the writing of the song It’s a Long way to Tipperary by Jack Judge,” he added.