People across the country have joined together to "Shine Your Light" to honour frontline staff and healthcare workers tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone took part in the gesture at 9pm tonight by lighting candles, grabbing lamps, shining torches or even putting up Christmas lights to express hope and remember those who have died from the virus and their loved ones.
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina took part in the event from Áras an Uachtaráin.
President and Sabina Higgins joined the 'Shine Your Light' / 'Lanraigh Do Sholas' campaign, lighting lanterns as a symbol of hope and solidarity.https://t.co/PeqaS8DbqI #ShineYourLight pic.twitter.com/jdKChYe5CD— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) April 11, 2020
Many people around the country got involved. Here's a selection
A lot of neighbours out at 9 for #ShineYourLight One women wanted to show her respect to frontline workers, victims and families in a different way. Lovely moment of community in these isolating times #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/kTi5FsZOho— Brian McDonald (@brianmcd87) April 11, 2020
— Noeleen (@NoeleenHanway) April 11, 2020
For all those who lost their lives to #COVID19 , to the frontline staff & healthcare workers out there so we can #staysafe, our Shannon Airport runway lights shine bright in honour of you all. ✨#ShineYourLight | #wereinthistogetherApril 11, 2020
Irish people abroad joined in the event also.
While Irish embassies and missions around the world also participated.
Tonight @dfatirl 🇮🇪Embassies join the #ShineYourLight campaign in solidarity with our #frontlineworkers & those who have lost loved ones to #COVID__19 in Ireland & #Malawi & across the globe 🇮🇪🇲🇼🕯💡🕯#StrongerTogether @rte pic.twitter.com/PlJXBjwqac— Ireland in Malawi (@IrlEmbMalawi) April 11, 2020
We’re honoured, with the Irish community in Australia, to join in solidarity and collective hope for the future Ireland’s #ShineYourLight #LonraighdoSholas campaign to honour the sick, those who have lost their lives & frontline staff & healthcare workers @rte @dfatirl pic.twitter.com/zJj71ZjKto— IrlEmbassyAustralia (@irlembaustralia) April 11, 2020
@IrishEmbJapan joins friends all over the world this evening for the #ShineYourLight campaign. A candle burns brightly in Tokyo tonight to honour all those who have lost lives to #COVIDー19, and to thank the amazing healthcare workers for their tireless help and support @dfatirl https://t.co/D7Y9g7HgFR pic.twitter.com/KV6XgS1ekN— アイルランド大使館 Ireland in Japan (@IrishEmbJapan) April 11, 2020
Well done everyone and stay safe.