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Northern Ireland peacemaker to speak at Leeds Trinity University

Posted on 13 November 2017

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A Nobel Peace Laureate who brought an end to the violence in Northern Ireland will speak at Leeds Trinity University next week.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 will deliver a Trinity Talk about her involvement with 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland and how she set up the Community of Peace People – organising weekly peace marches and demonstrations.

"In 1976 thousands of people, 90% women, marched to call for an end to violence and for peace," said Mairead, ahead of her talk at the university campus in Horsforth on Friday 24 November.

"They called for all-inclusive, unconditional talks – including with those using violence, insisting we must talk to our perceived enemies, be reconciled together and find solutions. In the first few months of this Civil Society movement for peace and reconciliation, there was a 70% drop in violence.

"We can solve problems, and build a culture of peace and non-killing by replacing the science of war, with a science of peace, based on dialogue diplomacy and harmony."​

Mairead will talk about her involvement in bringing an end to the violence in Northern Ireland, as well her ongoing work to promote dialogue between divided communities and strengthening women and children's rights around the world.

The event is open to the public with tickets including her 60-minute Trinity Talk, performance from the Leeds Trinity Cathedral Children's Choir, light buffet and wine reception. Tickets cost £8.00pp.

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "We are honoured to welcome Mairead to Leeds Trinity, and to host the first PeaceJam conference in Leeds. Everyone is welcome to join us for Mairead's talk on Friday, which promises to be inspiring, thought-provoking and one not to be missed."

Mairead is speaking at Leeds Trinity University ahead of Peacejam; the first youth conference to explore community cohesion and peace education in Leeds, on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.

Before her Trinity Talk, Mairead will be speaking to 50 Leeds Trinity University students who will deliver short presentations around social media and justice, ethics and community cohesion – as part of their first year Ethics and Society module.

Mairead's Trinity Talk takes place at 6.00pm on Friday 24 November at Leeds Trinity University. Tickets cost £8.00 and can be bought via Eventbrite at www.maireadcorriganmaguire.eventbrite.co.uk.

For more information, please contact Christopher Hulme, Events Assistant at Leeds Trinity University on 0113 467 3942 or c.hulme@leedstrinity.ac.uk