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Ireland lights up on Saturday night to show solidarity during Covid-19 pandemic

By Darragh Murphy

April 12, 2020 at 9:25am

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Ireland came together on Saturday night to Shine A Light and show solidarity amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Organised by RTE and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, the #ShineYourLight campaign saw thousands of households light candles and display lights in their windows at 9pm last night as a symbol of hope during the coronavirus crisis.

Not only were lights lit in homes around the country but a number of Government buildings and other culturally significant areas were illuminated.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), in collaboration with ESB, beamed a beacon of light into the sky from Dublin Airport's new Air Traffic Control tower in support of the campaign.

Dublin Airport wasn't the only airport to take park; as airports in Cork, Kerry and Shannon also used their various lighting systems to show their solidarity.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D. Higgins also took part to show support for the initiative.

Fingal County Council lit up six buildings in honour of the frontline workers who have since contracted Covid-19, as well as anyone else suffering with coronavirus.

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