Shore to Shore Solidarity in Greencastle

A section of the attendance at Moville's Gaza Vigil at the Square on Saturday. DER3014MC157
A section of the attendance at Moville's Gaza Vigil at the Square on Saturday. DER3014MC157

The Inishowen community’s strong response to a recent vigil of solidarity for Gaza has led to the organisation of a follow-up event in Greencastle.

Entitled ‘Shore to Shore Solidarity,’ the evening is scheduled for Monday, September 1st and will comprise of a mixture of music, song, poetry and film.

Beginning at 7pm in Kealy’s Seafood Restaurant, organisers said the event will “entertain, raise awareness and empower.”

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ one of the organisers, Rose Kelly, said the response to the vigil in Moville Sqaure was so strong and the desire to so more so deep that the follow-up event was organised.

She said: “We were delighted with the community response to the vigil last month in Moville. It is very clear that people are identifying at a very human level to what has been happening in Palestine and want to help in whatever way they can.

“It is incredibly heartening to meet with the kind of response we have been encountering. People are responding to requests for help with such open heartedness and generosity, often simply clearing the decks in their own schedules for whatever needs to be done. We are very grateful to Kealy’s Restaurant for coming forward and offering their premises for this event and for opening especially on their night off.”

Rose said that images and updates from last months’ vigil have been sent to Gaza.

She said: “The response coming back is that these events are bringing hope and cheer in the midst of horrific circumstances. The solidarity although simple, is felt deeply.”

The event on the 1st September seeks to raise awareness and money. Admittance is by donation and all monies raised will be sent directly to Medicens Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) who are working on the ground in Gaza.

Rose remarked: “It is astounding to think that we can hold an event such as this from a coastal community on a Sunday evening and that this will directly and positively impact on the saving of lives in another coastal community that is Gaza. “The Greencastle community have been holding beautiful candlelight vigils for Gaza overlooking the water these past few weeks. This event is an opportunity to allow the light from those candles and the love behind it to be expressed in practical assistance. The light of solidarity can shine shore to shore.”

For further information please contact Rose Kelly: 0749381820 or Trish Kealy on 0749381010