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Ireland shines a light in tribute to Covid-19 victims and healthcare workers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shone a light ‘for the sick, the grieving, and everyone affected by Covid19’

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A 3,000 sparkling bulbs on a giant 110ft tree in Killarney, Co Kerry
Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

A 3,000 sparkling bulbs on a giant 110ft tree in Killarney, Co Kerry Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

A 3,000 sparkling bulbs on a giant 110ft tree in Killarney, Co Kerry Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Thousands of people around Ireland joined together to “Shine Your Light” to remember those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 and to honour frontline staff and healthcare workers.

People took part at 9pm on Saturday night by lighting candles, shining torches and decorating their homes with fairy lights.

Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina took part in the event from their home Aras an Uachtarain.

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A large beam of light shines out of the new air traffic control tower at Dublin airport as part of the Shine Your Light campaign in tribute to front line health workers and those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

A large beam of light shines out of the new air traffic control tower at Dublin airport as part of the Shine Your Light campaign in tribute to front line health workers and those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

A large beam of light shines out of the new air traffic control tower at Dublin airport as part of the Shine Your Light campaign in tribute to front line health workers and those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

As part of the campaign, Government buildings and other local public buildings shone their lights while Irish embassies around the world lit up to mark the occasion.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shone a light “for the sick, the grieving, and everyone affected by Covid-19”.

Health Minister Simon Harris tweeted: “Tonight as we #ShineALight, I want to say thank you to all the incredible people at the frontline in our hospitals & communities, in the Department of Health, the HSE, and to our brilliant Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan. I want to thank the Irish people – your efforts are saving lives. Together, we will prevail.”

Health Service Executive Chief Paul Reid tweeted: “Tonight I’m bursting with pride to be Irish and to be leading the HSE. To all the families who have lost loved ones, people who are sick, all healthcare workers & those who are feeling isolated.”

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