McGuinness in the running for Tipperary Peace Award

Now in its 35th year the Tipperary International Peace Convention was established with the aim of having the town recognised for peace and not just the song forever associated with war.

Among the past recipients include the late Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mary McAleese, Ban Ki Moon and last year's recipient former US Secretary John Kerry.

The short list for this year's award was released this morning and it includes Martin McGuinness for his work on the peace process in the North, Amnesty International for their worldwide campaigning on human rights issues including the case of Ibrahim Halawa.

Also shortlisted are the The Syrian White Helmets who operate in a place were public services no longer function and these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need in most dangerous place on earth and Amal Clooney nee Alamuddin – a high profile Lebanese-British human rights lawyer – who is married to US actor George Clooney.

The other nominees are Roscommon-born and Kenyan-based, Fr. Patrick Devine who is a member of the Society of African Missions with 25 years experience of helping to mitigate conflict and poverty in Africa and Lady Rabab al Sadr a Lebanese social and human rights activist.

The recipient of the Peace Award will be announced later this year.