US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Ireland next weekend

Secretary Kerry will pay a visit to Tipperary

US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Ireland next weekend

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP/Press Association Images

US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay an official visit to Ireland next weekend.

Secretary Kerry will visit Tipperary to collect the International Peace Award he won last year.

John Kerry was awarded the Tipperary International Peace Prize in 2015 for his efforts in trying to end conflict in a number of countries.

Former winners of the prize include Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Noted Irish winners include former President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin, as well as musician Bob Geldof.

Martin Quinn, secretary of the Tipperary Peace Convention, told Newstalk they're thrilled that John Kerry will accept the award in person.

"The recipients each year have come to accept the award so its a great thing he's taking time out of a very busy and hectic schedule at this time to come and collect it," she said.

Upon receiving the award last year, Secretary Kerry said: “I am truly honoured to be listed among the remarkable past recipients who have contributed so much to the cause of creating a more peaceful world."