Yet another award for Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume

Hume and Heaneys, Helen and BernieNobel laureate John Hume pictured in Co Mayo with Helen and Bernie Heaney.

By Bill Heaney

Great to see Nobel laureate John Hume still being recognised for his peace work in Northern Ireland.

And still turning up for such functions with his wife, Pat, despite poor health.

For a man much whose life has been spent negotiating peace, John Hume is great fighter, one of the best.

I met him a number of times at the Humbert International Summer School in Ballina, Co Mayo, and at Westminster and Brussels when I was working there.

The former SDLP leader and MP for Foyle, he was recognised at the Derry Journal People of the Year Awards on Friday evening.

The event was held in the Everglades Hotel and was sponsored by Bet McLean.

Bill and John Hume in Ballina (2)Mr. Hume was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award which was sponsored by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Born in Derry in 1937, Mr. Hume would go on to become a colossus of Irish politics and received global recognition for his work.

Along with then leader of the UUP, David Trimble, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. A founding member of the Credit Union movement in Derry, Mr. Hume played an integral part in the peace process in the North of Ireland. Mr. Hume was officially named as Ireland’s greatest ever person in 2010.

The announcement was made by Ryan Tubridy on ‘The Late, Late Show’ after a public vote on RTE.

John saw off competition from Bono, Michael Collins, James Connolly, Mary Robinson and many more great Irish men and women.

And why wouldn’t he? No better man.

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