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Jean is an unsung hero for her pioneering peaceline work

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 09/07/2015

Jean Brown's life and work on a west Belfast interface is one of those inspiring stories that gives you great hope for the future of the province. A Protestant, she married a Catholic and defied paramilitaries in her own area to make contact across the divide and ease tensions between conflicting estates.

And she forged a friendship that has lasted more than 40 years with Catholic woman Renee Crawford, who was doing the same work on the other side of the peaceline. It is women like Jean and Renee who are often the unsung heroes of Northern Ireland, helping to build trust and thereby save lives.

Happy retirement, Jean.

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