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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Students go for peace record

Published 24/09/2013 | 05:34

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Laura O' Dovovan, Nicola Mc Grath and Yvonne Hoey

STUDENTS at Ireland's largest secondary school last week made an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records with a message of peace.

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The students and staff at Gorey Community School marked Saturday's UN World Peace Day by joining together in three spirals of joined hands at the front of the school, and in doing so attempted to set the record for the biggest number of people holding hands for one minute of silence, exchanging peace.

A total of 1,555 students and staff assembled in front of the school on Friday at midday.

The idea of the spiral formation, the brainchild of Grainne Mulcahy, acting chaplain, is based on the belief that peace originates in each individual heart and radiates outwards.

The minute's silence was followed by the release of three doves by Michael Ryan from Bunclody, with donations going to Console. This was followed by a peace concert .

Gorey Community School is a pilot school for the UN 'Instruments of Peace' activities which will be ongoing throughout the coming year, and the school will receive a Peace Cup for its gesture. Next year, a number of students will represent Ireland at the UN headquarters in New York.

The organisation of the event was described by Rosemarie Lucero, CEO of Instruments of Peace, as 'a masterstroke of impeccable management – perfection through cooperation.'

Gorey Guardian

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