The second annual Martin McGuinness Chieftain’s Walk will take place in New York City on Sunday, September 18. Registration for the event is now open here online.
The walk will begin at the Irish Hunger Memorial at 290 Vesey Street in downtown New York City. Pre-walk registration and entertainment kick off at 10 am, followed by an official opening and remarks from Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer at 10:30 am, with the walk to commence at 11:00 am.
Registration for the 4-mile walk is $25, $10 for ages 12-18. and free for under-12s. The family rate is $60.
McGuinness's son Emmett and widow Bernie are encouraging people to sign up for the NYC event:
After the Chieftain's Walk, the Inaugural Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation Dinner will be hosted on Wednesday, September 21, at Manhattan Manor at 201 W 52nd Street in New York City. Gerry Kelly, Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, will be the special guest at the event.
Tickets for the Inaugural Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation Dinner are $250, while Chieftain's Walk participants can receive a discounted ticket at $200. Tables of ten, including sponsorship, are available for $2500, while dinner sponsorships are available for $500.
You can RSVP for the Inaugural Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation Dinner to Amanda Reuschle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-777-6928.
Who is Martin McGuinness?
Martin McGuinness was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1950. He joined the Irish Republican Army in 1970 and in 1972, he was part of an Irish republican delegation who met with the British government in London. From that period onwards, McGuinness became one of the most prominent Irish republican leaders of his generation.
Appointed as Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator during the emerging Irish peace process in the late 1980s, McGuinness was instrumental in achieving an IRA cessation of hostilities in 1994. He also led the Sinn Féin negotiating team in the subsequent peace talks and in shaping the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, a key development in bringing an end to the conflict in Ireland and between Ireland and Britain.
In 1999, McGuinness was appointed as Minister of Education in the newly formed power-sharing Executive in the north of Ireland. In 2007, he was appointed as Joint First Minister, a post he was to hold until he resigned in January 2017, leading a power-sharing Executive with the main Ulster unionist party, the DUP.
In 2016, McGuinness developed amyloidosis, which led to his death on March 21, 2017. Tens of thousands of people attended his funeral in Derry. Among those attending were political leaders from across the world, including former US President, Bill Clinton. Memorials were also hosted in NYC and Washington, DC.
What is the Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation?
The Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation was launched by his family and friends at the Gasyard Wall Féile in October 2019 to celebrate his life and legacy.
The Peace Foundation celebrates McGuinness's life, work, and achievements as a leader, a political activist, and an international statesperson – promoting his aims, objectives, and progressive ideals of:
- Reconciliation, unity, and peace
- Social and economic change
- Community empowerment
- Inclusivity and diversity
- Conflict resolution and peacebuilding, locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Foundation says it is promoting these goals through an inclusive program of education, sport, debate, art, and culture, which is open to all. The Foundation aims to tell McGuinness's story and also to advance his goal of an agreed Ireland based on equality, inclusion, respect, and reconciliation.