(By Ned Hoskin, Staff reporter)
TROY ‹ Sean McBride, winner of a Nobel Peace Prize in 1974 and president of the International Peace Bureau, will contribute to the commemoration planned for next year in honor of former Trojan and Irish patriot James Connolly.
McBride, "who has more credentials than just about anybody in the world, is going to write the introduction for the commemorative journal we have planned," said James Devine, chairman of the James Connolly Commemorative Organizing Committee.
At a recent meeting the committee set the date for the event for Aug. 17, 1986, which will coincide with the annual Irish Festival held in the city's Riverfront Park.
A co-recipient of the Nobel Prize, the 81-year-old McBride has been honored many times for furthering international understanding and human freedom. He was once described as "the most honored Irishman living or dead," by Michael P. Hession, state president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Born in Paris where his parents were in exile in 1904, he has served as chairman of Amnesty International, the humanitarian organization devoted to exposing and ending torture and political imprisonment world-wide, and has served the United Nations and its committees in many positions, including assistant secretary general.
The committee also has enlisted the aid of Joseph Jamison, director of the Irish American Labor Coalition, as the liaison between the committee and organizations and governments in Ireland and other countries, Devine said. Jamison is working out of an office in New York City for the cause.
James Connolly lived in Troy for a couple of years in the first decade of this century. After returning to Ireland in 1910, he became the head of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, and was also one of the founders and the leader of labor's Irish Citizen Army and initiated the formation of a Labor Party in Ireland.
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