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Callum Middleton and Sophie Wall
From young to old, schoolchildren to religious and political leaders, all parts of the community in Kilkenny have been moved to call for peace in Ukraine.
Pupils from St John’s Senior School took to the Kilkenny City centre streets, last Friday, to show their solidarity with the Ukranian people. Their banners called for an end to the war and reminded all that ‘innocent people are dead’.
Prayers for peace were also said, during the week, with a special Mass for Peace at St John’s in the city.
The liturgy was lead by Bishop Denis Nulty and concelebrated by Fr Peter Muldowney, Fr Raymond Dempsey, Fr Dan Carroll, Fr Willy Purcell and Fr Lorcan Moran.
Members of Kilkenny’s Ukrainian community joined in the Mass for Peace.
Meanwhile, efforts continue across the county to support the two million (so far) refugees who have fled the invasion of Ukraine.
Charities, including the Red Cross and UN organisations, say financial donations are best to support their work.
Concern, GOAL and International Organization for Migration (IOM) also have online financial donation appeals.
Thousands of Ukrainian refugees are expected to seek shelter in Ireland. The Red Cross are taking pledges from people who can offer accommodation to them.
By Monday the Red Cross had registered more than 60 pledges from people in Kilkenny and Carlow.
Fundraising events are taking place in many communities across Kilkenny, like a coffee morning and cake sale organised by the Coolagh Pattern Committee taking place in Callan Parish Hall on Sunday morning.
Everyone is invited to come along and donations of baked goods are welcome.
All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
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