NORTHERN IRELAND: A People's Peace Prize

On a clear, cold night last week, the twin-towered red brick façade of Oslo's city hall flickered in the glow of torches borne by thousands of demonstrators. Inside, an audience of more than 1,000 jammed the auditorium. To a standing ovation, Betty Williams, 33, and Mairead Corrigan, 32, co-founders of the Ulster Peace Movement (TIME, Sept. 6) arrived to accept the Norwegian People's Peace Prize.

The award, sponsored by Norwegian newspapers and civic groups as a grass-roots parallel to this year's Nobel Peace Prize,* drew an outpouring of $324,000 in donations from...

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