Derrytresk woman to pick up peace award in US

Patricia Campbell (far right), pictured in 2010 with John Hurson after he returned from Palestine with a humanitarian aid convoy. Also pictured are Tommy McKearne, singer-songwriter Mickey Coleman, Bernadette McAliskey and musician Plunkett McGartlan.
Patricia Campbell (far right), pictured in 2010 with John Hurson after he returned from Palestine with a humanitarian aid convoy. Also pictured are Tommy McKearne, singer-songwriter Mickey Coleman, Bernadette McAliskey and musician Plunkett McGartlan.

A Derrytresk woman is travelling to the US later this week to accept a prestigious award recognising her efforts in working towards peace.

Patricia Campbell, a mental health nurse and long time human rights activist and trade unionist, joins Nobel Peace Prize nominees Roy Bourgeois and Elias Chacour as previous recipients of the Passion for Peace title.

Ms Campbell will address a Middle East study group when she flies to Philadelphia.

Speaking to the assembled guests at the event, Ms Campbell will address the issue of war trauma in occupied Palestine.

She told the TIMES: “We know about the wall, house demolitions and checkpoints. What about the people?”

Patricia, who is also president of the Irish Independent Workers Union (IWU) and has worked with the Lough Neagh Fishermen association locally in the past, has witnessed trauma first-hand during the long years of the Troubles here, and has visited Palestine and Israel.

The Loughshore woman is understandably excited about receiving the award, and delighted that Paraic Keane, son of The Chieftains’ Sean Keane, will perform after the ceremony.