Peace Itself Is the Prize

A Nobel for John Hume

It was a great day to be in Derry. All week, speculation about the Nobel Peace Prize had been a part of every conversation as headlines in the Belfast papers tipped John Hume as the most likely recipient. But there was still the fear of jinxing the outcome so that oblique references were the order of the day. "Any news about it?" John Hume’s answer to those who alluded to the possibility was, "The peace itself is the prize." As late as...

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Mary Pat Kelly, inveterate traveler and frequent Commonweal contributor, is the author of the novel Special Intentions (Dublin: New Island, 1997).

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