Local Muslim community heartened by support for Christchurch vigil

first_imgThe Muslim community of Letterkenny fell silent in a special ceremony this morning to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks.Up to 25 people gathered at the interfaith event in Letterkenny Community Centre in a show of solidarity to the victims of the terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand.Those in attendance observed a silent vigil and stood in support of members of the Letterkenny Islamic Association, while others prayed for the fifty people who were killed in the attacks and those who were injured. A spokesperson for the Letterkenny Islamic Association said: “It was very heartwarming to receive this outpouring of emotion and support. It really outlines the good community relations we have in Letterkenny and in Donegal.”The event was organised by the Donegal Intercultural Platform.Members of the Muslim community in Letterkenny were shocked, saddened and frightened by the shootings carried out by a white supremacist in New Zealand last Friday.As they gathered to pray for peace, they gained comfort from an offer of protection from local gardaí. “The gardaí contacted us and offered to be present at prayers last week. That was very much appreciated. It really made people feel good to know they had that support and protection,” a spokesperson said.Meanwhile in New Zealand, a two-minute silence was observed as the nation mourned with the Muslim community affected by the atrocity.Local Muslim community heartened by support for Christchurch vigil was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Islamic Associationlast_img

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