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Mairead Corrigan-Maguire was awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her extraordinary actions to help end the deep ethnic/political conflict in her native Northern Ireland. She shares the award with Betty Williams.

Mairead was the aunt of the three Maguire children who died as a result of being hit by an Irish Republican Army getaway car after its driver was shot by a British soldier. Mairead responded to the violence facing her family and community by organizing, together with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, massive peace demonstrations appealing for an end to the bloodshed and a nonviolent solution to the conflict.

Together, the three co-founded the Peace People, a movement committed to building a just and peaceful society in Northern Ireland. They organized each week, for six months, peace rallies throughout Ireland and the UK. These were attended by many thousands of people - mostly women, and during this time there was a 70% decrease in the rate of violence. Mairead currently serves as Honorary President. 

Since receiving the award, Mairead has dedicated her life to promoting peace, both in Northern Ireland and around the world. Working with community groups throughout Northern Ireland, political and church leaders, she has sought to promote dialogue, nonviolence and equality between deeply divided communities.

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A Message from Mairead Maguire., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Speech by Nobel peace Laureate Mairead Maguire at the World Beyond War 4th Annual Conference, Limerick, Ireland We need to offer new hope to a humanity suffering under the scourge of militarism and war. People are tired of armaments and war. People want Peace. They have seen that militarism does not solve problems, but is a part of the problem. The Global Climate crisis is added to by the emissions of US military, the greatest polluter in the World.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Speech At International Womens' Peace Symposium In Pyongyang, North Korea When President Obama said recently in response to the opening up of diplomatic relations with USA/Cuba, "50 years of isolation for Cuba has not worked," we hope he will also say that "70 years of isolation for North Korea has not worked, and it's time to end the war, time for peace."
Mairead Maguire and the formation of the Peace People., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Why Are We Planning To Walk Across The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) That Separates North And South Korea? How wonderful if the governments of both North and South allowed the remaining elders the joy and peace of mind of being able to meet, kiss and hold their loved ones, before they die. We are all wishing and praying -- and walking -- for this to happen for the Korean elders.
Peace and Love, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 25, 2014
Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus Violence begets violence as we witness every day on our television screens, so the choice between violence and non-violence, is up to each one of us. However, if we do not teach non-violence in our education systems and in our religious institutions, how can we make that choice?
'It is shocking to listen to politicians and military boast of their military prowess when in lay persons’ terms what it means is killing of human beings.', From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex We need to teach the science of peace at every level of society. The whole of civilization is now facing a challenge with the growth of what President Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) warned the U.S. people against -- the military/industrial complex -- saying that it would destroy U.S. democracy.
Does The U.S. Want War With Russia?, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 13, 2014
Say "No" to War and Media Propaganda This decision by the United States/NATO to create a high readiness force with the alleged purpose of countering an alleged Russian threat reminds me of the war propaganda of lies, half-truths, insinuations and rumors to which we were all subjected in order to try to soften us all up for the Iraq war and subsequent horrific wars of terror which were carried out by NATO allied forces.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 3, 2013
In the Name of Love and Nonviolence, Let Us Strive to Heal Syria We must not allow a war to go on for decades, as many did in regards to Ireland. We must have the foresight to stand up for peace, nonviolence and reconciliation now, before the suffering is entrenched and before prejudices and lies seep deeply into the consciousness of a new generation, acting as seeds for more yet more war.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 30, 2013
Bradley Manning should win the Nobel Peace Prize Around the world, Manning is hailed as a peacemaker and a hero. His nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is a reflection of this. Yet at his home in America, Manning stands trial for charges of espionage and "aiding the enemy." The United States, the most militarized country on earth, should stand for something better than war. Its government must be open to "debates, discussions and reforms" concerning its foreign policy.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Only Way To Bring Peace to Syria The entire population of 23 million people is under tremendous threat of continued infiltration by foreign terrorists. Many are still stunned by the horrors and suddenness of all this violence and worried their country will be attacked and divided by outside forces, and are all too aware that geopolitical forces are at work to destabilize Syria for political control, oil and resources.
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(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 31, 2013
Stand Up for Julian Assange Julian Assange has no idea how long his virtual imprisonment in the embassy will last -- six more months or six years. The diplomatic standoff continues. This is indeed cruel, inhumane and mental torture. His only crime was to tell the truth and bring transparency to the illegal acts of the U.S. Government and its allies around the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 16, 2012
When We Look at You, We Know Peace Is Possible We want peace. We're tired of war. We're sick of militarism, war and killing. We don't want to stay on this road anymore. We want a new way. We want a way of friendship, of reconciliation, of working together, of feeding the poor, taking care of each other as a human family.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 14, 2012
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mairead Maguire Comments On the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 Being Awarded to the European Union Maguire won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976. "I cannot support this decision to give the peace prize to EU and appeal to the Swedish Foundation Authority to hold the Nobel Committee accountable for giving, yet again, a political award instead of supporting People taking courageous, and often dangerous stands to help move the human family away from military international Relations to one based on peaceful resolution of conflict"
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 16, 2012
Open Letter -- World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates I cannot in good conscience, be part of a partnership with the US State Government (NATO). I also believe that my participation in such a partnership would compromise my position and put in jeopardy my work in the Middle East and other countries.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Choose Peace - End the Siege of Gaza and Occupation of Palestine On Saturday 5th June, 2010, 35 heavily armed Israeli Navy Seals commandeered our boat, MV Rachel Corrie, one of the Freedom Flotilla, in International waters (30 miles off the coast of Gaza). As they did so, we 19 humanitarian activists and crew, sat on the deck.

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