Mairead Maguire

Nobel Peace Laureate

Country of focus: Ireland, Israel, Palestine, State of

Mairead Maguire was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her extraordinary actions to end the political conflict in her native Northern Ireland – an award she shares with the late Betty Williams. The pair, along with journalist Ciaran McKeown, organized massive peace demonstrations and founded Peace People, a movement committed to building a just and peaceful society through nonviolent social action. Mairead currently serves as Honorary President.

Since receiving the Nobel Prize, she has dedicated her life to promoting peace, both in Northern Ireland and around the world. Mairead is a member of the International Peace Council and author of The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland. She travels regularly to Israel and Palestine to work with peace activists in the region for nonviolent solutions to the conflict and has sailed a number of times on the Free Gaza flotillas to break the siege and bring humanitarian supplies to Gaza.