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Nelson Mandela claimed that Tipperary peace award would help him smash apartheid

Nelson Mandela receives the Tipperary Peace Award in 1990 from commitee chairman Joe Quinn. Also included is Taoiseach at the time Charlie Haughey.

Nelson Mandela receives the Tipperary Peace Award in 1990 from commitee chairman Joe Quinn. Also included is Taoiseach at the time Charlie Haughey.

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, was awarded the Tipperary International Peace Award in 1989.

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, was awarded the Tipperary International Peace Award in 1989.

When he visited Ireland in 1990 he received the award from Peace Convention Chairman Joe Quinn.

Accepting the award Mr. Mandela said that the award would be an inspiration to him.

“I will go back to my country full of strength and hope and even more determined to smash apartheid.

“You are helping to make me even more resolute and this award will serve as an inspiration to me and my colleagues”.

Reporter with ‘The Nationalist’ at the time, Rosaleen Ryan, covered the award ceremony in Dublin and recalls it as a very special occasion.

As Mr Mandela left the ceremony, he waved to everyone who had travelled up from the Premier County and said “Good wishes to all in Tipperary”.

 

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