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Saturday 1 October 2016

Hundreds in Dublin to pay tribute to Orlando nightclub attack victims

Catherine Devine

Published 13/06/2016 | 13:55

Members of the LGBT community embrace during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City
Members of the LGBT community embrace during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City

Crowds are set to gather in the Irish capital to hold a silent memorial service for those who were killed in the Orlando 'Pulse' nightclub .

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The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), BelongTo and Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) are holding the event to express solidarity with Orlando and the LGBT community.

“We’re asking people to come out with rainbow flags or emblems and show their support of the LGBT community after the awful tragedy,” said a spokesperson for GLEN.

“The Irish people voted to support their children, brothers and sisters last year and they can imagine that they too could have been out enjoying themselves like the people in Orlando when they were killed.”

The moment of silence will be held in Bernardo’s Square beside City Hall on Dame street at 6:45pm today, immediately after Ireland play Sweden in the Euros 2016.

“I don’t think the game will impact the moment’s silence because everyone has been impacted by the awfulness of this and will want to show their support,” said the spokesperson.

GLEN praised Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny for their expression of solidarity and their honouring of the LGBT community.

Gunman Omar Mateen killed 50 men and women and injured 53 at Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning in the worst mass shooting in American history.

Members of the LGBT community embrace during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City
Members of the LGBT community embrace during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City
Candles sit on the edge of Lake Eola, June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 50 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Candles sit on the edge of Lake Eola, June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 50 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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