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Monday 26 August 2019

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Irish stars from the worlds of politics, sport, music and showbusiness were united in grief last night as they mourned the victims of the horrific attacks in the French capital.

Former Irish and Munster rugby star Ronan O'Gara (right) lives in Paris with his wife Jessica and their five children, where he works as a coach with Racing 92.

"Thanks for all the messages. We are all ok thank god but other families are not so lucky this morning," he wrote online.

And One Direction star Niall Horan, who played two dates at the Stade de France stadium last June, also wrote a tribute online. "Thoughts and prayers for those people involved in the situation that has occurred in Paris this evening .. Very sad," the Mullingar native said on Twitter.

Singer Bressie said online abuse should be "parked" and unity prioritised in the wake of the attacks.

"One of the goals of Isis is to fragment our society. Make us angry towards each other.

"Let's control this at least, aim for unity. #PrayForParis," he said on Twitter.

MTV star Laura Whitmore (below) added: "Such devastating news from Paris. The world is a scary place."

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams tweeted: "RTÉ live footage from Paris brings home awfulness. Another terrible reason for making peace process work."

And Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson said: "Heartbreaking news coming from Paris...

"Families wrecked and ripped apart but democracy will always triumph over terrorism."

Emma Jane Hade

Irish Independent

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