A new initiative at the University of Ulster to jointly honour Nobel laureate John Hume and former US House of Representatives Speaker Thomas ‘Tip’ O’Neill has been the focus of a prestigious event in Boston.
Local dignataries gathered in the Boston home of Thomas P O’Neill III and Shelly O’Neill to learn more about the John Hume and Thomas P O’Neill Chair in Peace, which will be based in the University’s Magee campus, at an event co-hosted by the American Ireland Fund.
Once established, the Chair will form part of a wider initiative building on the work of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Magee, which has pioneered peace building work around the world for more than three decades.
University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett, who attended the Boston event, said: “The John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace will be a prestigous full-time academic position based at Magee, honouring both men’s significant contributions to peace, and their unique friendship. It will also play a pivotal role in overseeing a new INCORE peace initiative which will train the next generation of peacemakers from around the world.”
Thomas P O’Neill, who hosted the Boston event, said the family was delighted the Chair - the most senior of academic positions - was being established to commemorate both men.