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Mariead Corrigan

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Sherleen Andaya

on 28 April 2010

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Mairead Corrigan Founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later renamed Community of Peace People)
When Egil Aarvik, vice-chairman of the committee presented the postponed 1976 prize to Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan in 1977, he began his speech with a graphic description of the tragic accident that had occurred the previous August on a street in Belfast in Northern Ireland. A car out of control, its driver an Irish Republican Army (IRA) gunman shot dead fleeing from British soldiers, smashed into a family out for a walk. Two of the children were killed outright, the third was mortally injured, and the mother critically injured.

She was a smile. She was a prayer. She was endlessly brave, going into the streets and homes of "the enemy" unarmed and with cheerful countenance Mairead Maguire was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her extraordinary actions to end the sectarian violence in her native Northern Ireland. She shares the award with Betty Williams.

Mairead was the aunt of the three 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, with Betty Williams, massive peace demonstrations appealing for an end to the bloodshed.

The two organized a peace march attended by 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women, to the graves of the Maguire children. The march was disrupted by members of the IRA, who accused them of being influenced by the British. The following week, 35,000 people marched with Betty and Mairead, demanding an end to the violence in their country. Was born In January 27, 1944
Born in Belfast Northern Ireland
Full name Mairead Corrigan Maguire Mairead Corrigan, was the cofounder, with Betty Williams, of the Community of Peace People, an organization which attempts to encourage a peaceful resolution of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The two women were co-recipients of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. she got married to Ralph Maguire The End ^-^
By Maria And Sherleen Corrigan became active with the peace movement after three children of her sister, Anne Maguire, were run over and killed by a car driven by Danny Lennon, a Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) man who was fatally shot by British troops while trying to make a getaway. Anne Maguire later committed suicide. Mairead Maguire is one of over 30 Nobel Peace Prize winners, who released a joint letter on 20 November 2008 calling for urgent action to implement quality education for children affected by conflict.

Mairead Corrigan's Quote.
We reject the way the world is at the moment and we don't accept nuclear weapons. And I believe, we the human family, like the traveler, have lost our way. She has continued her work with the Community of Peace People, advocating a nonviolent resolution of the Northern Ireland conflict in speaking engagements and writings. Among other projects, the Peace People organise summer camps in other European countries to provide a setting in which young Catholics and Protestants from Northern Ireland can come to know one another. The Peace People also have continued the outreach to prisoners and their families.
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