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US Secretary of State John Kerry to pay official visit to Ireland next week

Ian Begley

Published 22/10/2016 | 10:52

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to reporters at the State Department in Washington
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to reporters at the State Department in Washington

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

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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.

Martin Quinn, secretary of the Tipperary Peace Convention, said they are "thrilled" that John Kerry will accept the award in person.

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