The name Tipperary, because of the song “It’s a long way to Tipperary” was internationally associated with war. The founding committee of the Tipperary Peace Convention felt it was time that our town should be known for peace. To this end, the Peace Convention was instituted in 1983 by a group of enthusiastic people, Tim Ryan, Joe Quinn, Maureen Walsh and Noel McInerney. The original aims were to promote the concept of peace through music and discussion, to provide an Open Forum for the discussion of current peace-related issues with contributions from leading spokespeople of various and diverse viewpoints and to select and reward, annually, a person who has made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the peace-making process.
One of the most successful peace forums took place in 1985. The participants in the debate included; Mr. John Rogers S.C. (Attorney General); Mr. Alban Maginnis (S.D.L.P.); Mr. Fraser Agnew (Unionist); Mr. Brendan O’Regan (Founder of Co-Operation North) and our own Dr. Martin Mansergh (Government Head of Research). This was part of our contribution to the peace that we now enjoy in our country.
There is one song that is known worldwide and which has made Tipperary one of Ireland’s best known towns. “It’s a long way to Tipperary” is the title of the song that was written by an Englishman by the name of Jack Judge.
You might wonder how this simple song became to be sung by soldiers as they went out to battle in the First World War and how it became so popular worldwide. Well with the outbreak of the Great War the song was introduced to the front by soldiers of the Irish Regiments as they landed in France. In 1914 a War Correspondent for one of the papers, related on that landing and of the troops marching past him, company after company, battalion after battalion, each regiment singing their own songs. As the 2nd Battalion, the Connaught Rangers approached, he heard them singing a song he had not heard before. They were singing “Tipperary”. That afternoon he included this in his report and when it appeared in the Daily Mail it helped the song achieve instant fame. It was adopted by the British Army as its unofficial anthem and when the guns finally fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th month in 1918, a lone soldier made his way into the ruined town of Mons in Belgium, climbed to the top of the ruined belfry and the famous song rang out again over the Western fronts as the great conflict finally ended.
Tipperary may be known the world over because of that war song but we like to think that the modern Tipperary is now known for its efforts to promote peace and peaceful co-operation on a national and international stage.
Tipperary Peace Convention was founded in the early 1980’s with those ideals in mind. 32 years on the same ideals are still as relevant today as they were when the Convention was founded. It is fitting that this small group from Tipperary have learned from the past in searching for ways in which to promote a peaceful future.
It’s A Long Way to Tipperary . . .
Secretary of State John Kerry 2015
Secretary Kerry was awarded the prize for his work on a global basis to bring about an end to conflict in many countries
Ban Ki Moon 2014
Ban Ki-moon was awarded the international peace prize for his role in tackling climate change, global conflicts and natural disasters
Malala Yousafzai 2013
The 16-year-old Pakistani activist iswas honoured for her work to ensure girls around the world receive quality education.
Richard Haass 2012
The US diplomat was recognised for his efforts in helping reconcile the North of Ireland.
Former President Mary McAleese
Senator Martin McAleese 2011
Former President Mary McAleese and her husband Senator Martin McAleese were recognised for their work “promoting peace and reconciliation” to coincide with the World Day of Peace
Senator Edward Kennedy
US ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith 2010
Peace Award has been jointly awarded to the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his sister, former US ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith in recognition of their “lifelong commitment towards peace in Northern Ireland and on the greater world stage”
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32 Years of promoting peace through music and discussion
John shanahan, Hon Sec Martin quinn, Secretary of state john kerry
and chairman joe quinn presenting mr kerry with his peace prize in tipperary 2016
The Tipperary Peace Committee presenting Ban Ki Moon with the
2014 International Peace Prize in tipperary
Martin Quinn Hon Sec. and Joe Quinn Chairman; committee members presenting the 2013 Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai in tipperary
Martin Quinn Hon Sec. committee member presenting the 2012 Peace Prize to richard hass pictured with his family in tipperary
Martin Quinn hon sec. and Joe Quinn Chairman; committee members presenting the 2011 Peace Prize to former president marya McAleese
and her husband senator Martin Mcaleese in tipperary
the tipperary peace convention committee presenting
dr. sima samar with the 2010 peace prize in Tipperary
chairman joe quinn and hon sec martin quinn presenting john o'shea of goal with
the 2003 peace prize in tipperary
chariman joe quinn presenting nelson mandela with 1989 tipperary peace prize with Taoiseach Charlie Haughey
Mrs. Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders & former President of Ireland & former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is to receive the 2018 Tipperary (Ire) International Peace Award
will receive the
2018 International Peace Award
How it all Began
Past Recipients of the Peace Prize