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Praise for The Book:

John Hume in America: From Derry to DC



“A masterful study of how this son of the Bogside, with the help of the Irish Government, mobilised the power of successive Presidents of the United States, to change the course of Irish history. It began with President Carter and continued through to President Clinton.”

— Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

‘Maurice Fitzpatrick has done a service with this readable, accessible book in bringing to light the fascinating story of the rise of Irish influence in Washington and the central role played by John Hume in building that tradition of constructive US engagement with Ireland’

— Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the USA,

The Irish Times

“An engaging new biography details Hume’s phenomenal success in the US, extending over decades.”

— Ryle Dwyer, Irish Examiner


“In John Hume in America: From Derry to DC, author Maurice Fitzpatrick sets out, in prose clear as glass, just how hard Hume struggled to achieve that peace, and how much we are all now indebted to him.  What was once his political strategy is now our politicalreality.”

— Cahir O’ Doherty   Irish Central

“An intriguing piece of work… It captures one of the remarkable occurrences in relation to this island of Ireland.”

— Seamus Mallon,

Former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland

“This  gripping book explains how John Hume created the vocabulary and the substance of a new and indispensable debate about Northern Ireland at home, in Dublin, in London, in  Washington and in Brussels  and almost single-handedly rescued Ireland from the inevitability of civil war.”

— Michael Lillis,

Negotiator of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985.


“Charts his outstanding skills in building alliances and making the case for a just settlement…He devised a constitutional path and showed how it could work. He realised that three sets of relationships needed to be constructed.”

— Martina Devlin,  The Irish Independent

Watch: Irish Book Launchby Taoiseach Leo Varadkar



Watch: Film Event at JFK Library



This video documents the discussion before and after the screening of John Hume in America when it showed there on October 8th 2017.

Filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick and Senator George Mitchell, who served as the chairman of the peace talks, both comment on the film and John Hume himself. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen moderates and Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. introduces the program.

Watch: Post- Film Screening Discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations

This video shows the discussion between former NI Envoys Dr. Richard Haass, Senator George Mitchell, and director Maurice Fitzpatrick at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Watch the video HERE

A Conversation with Author Maurice Fitzpatrick on Book “John Hume in America: From Derry to D.C.”

Author and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick visited the Institute for a conversation of his book, “John Hume in America: From Derry to DC”, tracing John Hume’s historic role creating a framework for peace in Northern Ireland. Members of the Kennedy and Hume family offered remarks.

The Premiere to Mark the Irish Cinematic Release of The John Hume in America

Launched by former President Mary McAleese and followed by a conversation with Mrs. McAleese, Mrs. Pat Hume and the director.

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