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Prestigious peace award for Mary and Martin McAleese

FORMER President Mary McAleese and her husband, Senator Martin McAleese, will both receive the 2011 Tipperary International Peace Award.

It pays tribute to the work carried out by Mr and Mrs McAleese in both Northern Ireland and the Republic, as well as their efforts to forge stronger ties with Britain.

"In view of the work carried out by Mary and Martin McAleese in promoting peace and reconciliation, Tipperary Peace Convention is delighted to announce that they are the joint recipients of the 2011 Tipperary International Peace Award," a spokesman for the convention said.

The Tipperary Peace Convention announced the joint recipients yesterday, the World Day of Peace.

Past recipients of the prestigious peace prize include former South African President Nelson Mandela, Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof and former US President Bill Clinton.

Mrs McAleese made history in May last year when she played host to Queen Elizabeth -- the first British monarch to visit the republic.

Irish Independent