LIMERICK’S joint local authority will today open books of condolences in memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.
Cllr. John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council will officially open and sign a book of condolences at 2pm in County Hall in Dooradoyle, while Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin will open and sign a separate book at 3pm in City Hall.
Mayor Leddin described the anti-apartheid politician and founder of modern South Africa as “the moral compass that guided an entire nation through dramatic, positive change during the past 20 years.”
“Mr Mandela’s inspirational leadership and unfaltering courage in the face of adversity set an example for the rest of the world to follow. His passing is a loss to the entire international community. However, we should celebrate his achievements as an anti-apartheid icon and as the father of modern South Africa,” she said.
Cllr Sheahan urged the people of Limerick to pledge their solidarity with the people of South Africa by signing the Books of Condolences.
“Many Irish people drew similarities between Nelson Mandela’s struggle against apartheid and Ireland’s own past,” he explained.
“They recognised his determination to seek a fairer, more tolerant and free South Africa for all of its citizens. Today, even in death and forever more Mr. Mandela will be continue to be a figure of inspiration for all those struggling for justice throughout the world,” he added.
The books will remain open to the public until 5pm on Friday, December 13.