Belfast Telegraph

Priest from Belfast in running for peace gong

By David Young

A Belfast-born priest has been shortlisted for this year's Tipperary International Peace Award.

Fr Peter McVerry joins Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Brother Kevin Crowley on the shortlist, in recognition of their work in combating homelessness in Ireland.

Fr McVerry, who grew up in Newry, today works primarily in Dublin.

He founded the homelessness charity the Peter McVerry Trust in 1983, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Pride of Ireland Awards.

A spokesperson for the Tipperary Peace Convention said that the trio are being recognised for their tireless work "with this vulnerable section of society for decades, without little recognition or support".

The winner will be announced in the coming days and a ceremony will be held in Tipperary later this year.

Previous winners include former special enjoy to Northern Ireland Dr Richard Haass.

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