Monday 27 February 2017

Kerry visits for Tipperary peace prize

Ian Begley

Secretary John Kerry. Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Secretary John Kerry. Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay an official visit to Ireland next weekend where he will collect an international peace award.

Secretary Kerry was awarded the Tipperary International Peace Prize in 2015 for his efforts in trying to end conflict in a number of countries.

At the time Mr Kenny said he was very grateful to be selected.

"I am truly honoured to be listed among the remarkable past recipients who have contributed so much to the cause of creating a more peaceful world," he said.

Former winners of the prize include Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Noted Irish winners include former President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin, as well as musician Bob Geldof.

Meanwhile, secretary of the Tipperary Peace Convention, Martin Quinn said they are "thrilled" to receive John Kerry, who has decided to accept the award in person next Sunday.

Irish Independent

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