NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER VISITS NANTUCKET
(Nantucket, MA) July 2005 – Century House recently hosted the chief executive, for the 1998 Nobel Peace Price Winner, John Hume, known worldwide for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. The Century House was selected to host Hume’s Chief Executive at the recommendation of Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, a resident of Nantucket.
Dr. John Hume was the keynote speaker at the American Ireland Funds Annual Fundraiser on Nantucket. “THE MISSION OF THE AMERICAN IRELAND FUND IS TO BE THE LARGEST NETWORK OF PEOPLE OF IRISH ANCESTRY AND FRIENDS OF IRELAND DEDICATED TO RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION, ARTS AND CULTURE, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND, NORTH AND SOUTH.”
This non-political and non-sectarian organization awards millions of dollars a year to projects across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dr. Hume’s remarks highlighted the Irish Republic Army’s recent announcement that it was ending its decade-old war against Britain and devoting itself to exclusively peaceful means.
Pictured (left to right) Nobel Peace Prize Winner John Hume, innkeepers Jean Ellen Heron and Gerry Connick, Hume’s Chief Executive Michelle Lynch and her fiancee, Mr. Robert Thoubboron.
He further emphasized that the declaration is a beacon of hope to the rest of the world by showing that even the most challenging negotiations can be resolved through politics and diplomacy, respecting the areas of disagreement while employing reasonable solutions for an accord.
Chief executive, Michelle Lynch, indicated that “in 2004 National University of Ireland, Maynooth established with the assistance of private and corporate support, the John and Pat Hume Scholastic Awards. By so naming its prestigious Awards the University recognizes the lifetime achievement of a Maynooth graduate and his wife and provides for emerging scholars an example of the boundless possibilities provided by education, ability and commitment.”
“The old world elegance of the Inn, coupled with the warm hospitality of the proprietors in the best of locations make the Century House a vacation to remember.”
“A quiet old world haven, close to beautiful beaches and strolling distance into town – where the ambiance is only exceeded by the hospitality.” Michelle Lynch & Robert Thoubboron, Ireland; July 2005
The historic Century House dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833. According to research performed by Edouard A. Stackpole, renowned Nantucket historian and former director of the Peter Foulger Museum, a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder, built the Century House. Over the years, Capt. Calder took part in several long, successful voyages to hunt whale, and eventually completed the construction of the house in the early 1840’s. It is said that Capt. Calder chose this site because of the privacy, the ocean breezes, the views, and the genuine serenity the location provided in the 1840’s and still exhibits today.
According to Mr. Stackpole, Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date.
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