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People urged to ‘shine a light’ tonight for those battling Covid-19 and for our frontline workers


By Edaein OConnell
11th Apr 2020
People urged to ‘shine a light’ tonight for those battling Covid-19 and for our frontline workers

Tonight Ireland is being urged to shine a light in honour of all those battling Covid-19 and for the frontline workers across the country


The people of Ireland are tonight being asked to shine a light in their windows to honour all those suffering from Covid-19, those who have died and those who are working tirelessly on the frontline fighting the virus.

“Shine Your Light’ invites households across the country to shine bright at 9 pm. The light can be a candle, Christmas light, a light from a phone or even the lights of a car.

RTÉ will broadcast the event from 8.30 pm on RTÉ Radio One, with television coverage following at 9 pm on RTÉ One. This will feature music and spoken word performances from artists including Sinead O’Connor, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, and Paula Meehan.

Lights will be shone from public buildings, Irish embassies, and peacekeeping posts across the globe with images being shared across all of RTÉ’s social platforms.

 

Director-General of RTÉ Dee Forbes said of the event: “This global pandemic is affecting each and every person in our society so let’s come together for this moment where we can express solidarity with each other while we remain separated from friends and family,”

“Let’s light up our homes or light a candle to remember all of those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 and their loved ones. Let’s also remember and thank our key frontline staff for their ongoing heroic work throughout this crisis.”

“Light reaches across all boundaries and as we watch the light flicker, perhaps we will see a glimmer of hope, in this time of fear and distancing,”


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