This week, congratulations go to Helen Bonney who just won 3rd prize for the Tipperary Song of Peace Contest.
Tipperary was made famous by the World War 1 song, 'It’s a Long Way to Tipperary', but has since reinvented itself as a Centre for Peace.
The Tipperary Peace Convention was founded in 1983 with the aim of promoting peace through music, song, discussion and debate. The Song of Peace Contest is part of this. In 2013 the annual peace prize was presented to Malala Yousafzai and Helen's song was written as a tribute to Malala.
Helen, who just got back from Tipperary in Eire, tells us she is "very happy that although my song didn't win, it came a healthy 3rd in the International Song of Peace, out of approximately 1200 original entries. Contestants came from Canada (Nova Scotia), US (New York), and various other parts of the Globe. My song 'Peace begins with a Smile' which was the only English entry to get through to the Finals, was sung for me by amazing 16 year old Victoria.
In an unprecedented gesture, a trophy was also given to Victoria for her outstanding singing in the contest. She was truly magnificent in every way and did herself and me proud. We had many fantastic comments re the song and a very special congratulation from Arnold Kashembe, Director of The Global Peace Foundation, saying how he loved the song and the performance and that 'secretly it was my favourite' (I bet you say that to all the girls Mr. Kashembe!!)"
Here are the lyrics to Helen's winning song and you can listen to a recording of her son (not the lovely Victoria) singing it.
Tania Tay is an ex-advertising copywriter and has been published in Sable LitMag. She is currently writing a teen novel and is a member of The Golden Egg Academy.