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Nobel Peace Prize Medal

In the Gold Medal Winners case in the Troubles gallery.

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On 10 August 1976 a member of the IRA was shot dead by the British Army while driving a car, resulting in a crash that killed three children from the Maguire family. The tragedy provoked a huge public reaction—a memorial service, one among many, was attended by over 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women.

The continuing demonstrations that followed led to the founding of The Community for Peace People by Mairead Corrigan, the children’s aunt, Betty Williams, a witness to the incident, and Ciaran McKeown, a Belfast journalist. They organised rallies in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Britain.

In 1976, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan for their work to promote the cause of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.  The medal you can see on display was donated to the Ulster Museum by Mairead. The Peace People continue to work for nonviolence throughout the world.