An event was held in St Mary’s Church Tipperary town today to mark International Day of Peace.
The event included a series of reflections by invited guests, music and poetry.
Celebrants included Rev Mike O Meara and Dean James Mulhall. The event was devised by Martin Quinn the main organiser of the Tipperary International Peace Award.
The attendance included several Ambassadors to Ireland and Honorary Consuls. Cllr Roger Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary county council, Joe MacGrath, CEO Tipperary county council and Mr Anthony Coleman, District Administrator also attended as did representatives of An Garda Siochana.
The event began with a moment of silence. Dr Martin Mansergh also addressed the event and all enjoyed a musical performance by the Cahir to Sing Group.
The theme of the day was “End Racism Build Peace”. International Day of Peace is designated by the UN and is observed around the world each year on Sept 21st.
The commemorative brochure includes a tribute to Mr Noel McInerney, the founding Chairman of the Tipperary Peace Convention who died on June 9th 2022.
The event concluded with the laying of wreaths on the grave of Ellen O’Leary, in the adjoining cemetery. Ellen, a published poet, along with her brother John O’Leary, played a role in the Literary revival in Ireland.
Ellen O’Leary was born in 1831 Tipperary town and died in 1889 in Dublin.