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Tipperary International Peace Award 2017

  • The war song Its a long way to Tipperary - image used by kind permission of http://thesmallbusinessfairy.com
  • Chairman Joe Quinn and Honorary Secretary Martin Quinn give the award to Nedal Izdden of The White Helments
  • The White Helmets receive award from Tipperary International Peace Award-  photo reproduced by kind permission of http://thesmallbusinessfairy.com/blog
  • U.S. secretary of state visits Tipperary town 2016 -  photo reproduced with kind permission of http://thesmallbusinessfairy.com
  • Malala Yousafzai Winnter Tipperary Peace Award 2012 - photo reproduced thanks to http://thesmallbusinessfairy.com

Every year Tipperary Town is host to the world famous Tipperary International Peace Award and is the focus of attention of the worlds media . This is the 34th year of the Tipperary International Peace Award at which there have been such illustrious guests as the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, the Kennedy family, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon,Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafzai, former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and former United States of American, President Bill Clinton

The award is based around the world famous war song 'It's a long way to Tipperary'. The song which was written by Jack Judge in 1912 was first sung in music halls .Daily Mail reporter, George Curnock witnessed the song being sung by the Irish Regiment of The Connaught Rangers and included in it in his report in August 1914. The popularity of the song quickly spread and it was adopted by the British Army as its unofficial anthem. Count John McCormack recorded the song in late 1914 and by doing so brought it to a much wider audience.

Over 30 years ago the board led by Chairman Joe Quinn of the Tipperary Peace Award committee devised a convention which would celebrate modern Tipperary as a town and county of peace and each Autumn since the award had been made to those who have been judged worthy recipients . Last week the latest recipient of the award, The White Helmets from Syria, on whose behalf the award was collected by Mr. Nedal Izdden,are first responders in war torn Syria. The White Helmets motto is 'to save one life is to save all of humanity'. The event which took place in the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel can be viewed here.

Tipperary town is steeped in military history and was established in the early 13th century. The Tipperary Military Barracks, which is located close to Tipperary Railway Station, was one of the most ornate to be built in Ireland during the British occupation. It was designed and built in the 1870's at a cost of £25,000. At the start of The Great War in 1914 the number of troops stationed in Tipperary Town rose from over 4000 to as high as 10,000, as the Tipperary Barracks was used as a Posting Area to muster and train new drafts of troops destined for the war in France. Today, only the water-tower and some fragments of the ancillary buildings of the Tipperary Barracks complex remain, including the arch which was the entrance to the Officers' Mess.The mess is still in use today.

Kickham Place displays an impressive statue of the writer and Fenian, Charles Kickham. Kickham wrote for a number of papers, including The Nation, but also the Celt, the Irishman, the Shamrock, and was one of the lead writers on the Fenian newspaper, The Irish People, in which many of his poems appeared. His writings were signed using his initials, his full name, or the pseudonyms, "Slievenamon" and "Momonia." Charles Kickham was the author of three well-known stories, dealing sympathetically with Irish life and manners and the simple faith, the joys and sorrows, the quaint customs and the insuppressible humour of the peasantry. “Knocknagow,” or “The Homes of Tipperary,” one of the finest tales of peasant life ever written. “Sally Cavanagh,” or “The Untenanted Graves,” is a touching story illustrating the evils of landlordism and emigration; and “For the Old Land,” dealing with the fortunes of a small farmer’s family, with its lights and shades.Charles Kickham was born and buried in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperay