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NI peace campaigner Myrtle Kerr honoured by Queen


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Myrtle Kerr received Maundy money from the Queen

Myrtle Kerr received Maundy money from the Queen

Myrtle Kerr received Maundy money from the Queen

A Northern Ireland peace campaigner has been honoured with Maundy money.

Myrtle Kerr worked tirelessly for reconciliation during the Troubles alongside her husband, the late Rev Cecil Kerr. They founded the Christian Renewal Centre in Co Down.

Mrs Kerr was among the recipients of the symbolic coins, awarded annually by the Queen.

The monarch has written to people who would have received money during the annual Royal Maundy service, but who instead have received the gift by post after the event was cancelled for a second year.

Mrs Kerr is a parishioner of Kilbroney Parish, Rostrevor, and was nominated by the Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt Rev David McClay.

Bishop McClay said: "Over several decades, Myrtle and Cecil worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and played a significant role in all that eventually led to the peace process."

Mrs Kerr (84), said: "I feel very honoured to receive this gift from the Queen."

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Neville Pogue received Maundy money from the Queen

Neville Pogue received Maundy money from the Queen

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Neville Pogue received Maundy money from the Queen

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Separately, Neville Pogue, a dedicated volunteer for Southern Area Hospice Services for more than 20 years alongside his wife Myrtle, received Maundy money. In total 190 Royal Maundy recipients were recognised by their dioceses for their contributions to church and community life.


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