The Religious Society of Friends have long been associated with the cause for peace. Across the world this small community has worked tirelessly in the interest of conflict resolution and no more so than in Ireland where peace has been especially elusive. As a branch of the Protestant faith it is impressive that Quakers have been so influential in the mediation process given the overtly religious dimension to that historical conflict. Charting the evolution of Quakerism in Ireland this book offers their unique ''peace principle'' as the foundation for this success. Rather than become victims of the religious discord that Irish history has often witnessed, through pacifism Quakers were actually able to enhance their position and become one of that nation''s most respected communities. Focusing upon significant moments of distress in Irish history, the analysis presents new perspectives on well known events that should be especially useful for those interested in the impact that ordinary people can make on national politics. In broader terms it should also be of interest to those who are concerned with how Ireland was able to achieve peace.