Angels protect mourners at Orlando funerals from the Westboro Baptist Church

Funerals for some of the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting were held over the weekend with hundreds of mourners in attendence.

Angels protect mourners at Orlando funerals from the Westboro Baptist Church

But, on Saturday, members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church arrived in Orlando to picket the services - the fundamentalist church have previously protested at the funerals of US soldiers and have condemned Ireland for

Read More:

The Kansas-based extremist group had announced their intention on Twitter that they planned to attend with anti-gay signs and offensive chants - they see last week’s attack on the gay nightclub as a sign from god.

But there were those who were determined not to let them disrupt the services.

Members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre Company arrived dressed as angels and used their 8ft wings to shield mourners from the small number of protestors.

Demonstrators also sang ’Amazing Grace’ and the American national anthem to drown out the picketers’ chanting.

The Westboro members eventually left, to cheers from the angels and the onlookers.

via BreakingNews.ie

More in this section

img MPU

#BreakTheBias

Join our host Irish Examiner Life/Style Editor, Esther McCarthy with guests Caroline Casey, Emer O'Neill, Edel Coffey and Dr. Tara Shine as we make a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

ieFood pic
ieFood Logo

In the Kitchen with

 Video Series

Join Colm O'Gorman in his kitchen as he makes flatbreads in minutes and crispy air fryer chicken. Explore why he thinks chilli is the spice of life, and find out why his 50-year-old food mixer is his most important piece of kitchen equipment.

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

Lifestyle
Newsletter

The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up