Following a week of violence culminating in the deaths of three children struck by an out-of-control car driven by IRA member Danny Lennon, a peaceful rally organised by mothers of Andersonstown and Catholic mothers from Belfast took place.
The tragic killing of the three children from the Maguire family united Protestant and Catholic people in Andersonstown, a suburb in West Belfast and an estimated 2000 people, mostly women, marched in a demonstration for peace on the streets of Republican strongholds.
The women carried banners, prayed, sang hymns and protest songs including Pete Seeger's 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?' but their constant refrain was
We want peace.
A counter demonstration tried to disrupt the march but this was overwhelmed by the multitude.
Many of the women present signed a peace petition organised by Andersonstown resident Betty Williams. Williams along with Mairead Maguire and Ciaran McKeown co-founded the Women for Peace, later known as the Community for Peace People, an organisation dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Williams and Maguire were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for their work.
AN RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 August 1976.