PEOPLE of all nationalities gathered in Limerick this Easter bank holiday Monday to show their support for Sri Lanka following the bombing attacks which claimed 290 lives on Easter Sunday.
The ceremony on Bedford Row was organised by Sri Lankan natives Nilu Fonseka and Dimuth Jayansighearachchi, who have both lived and worked in Limerick for many years.
It began with flowers and candles arranged to spell out “Pray for Sri Lanka”, followed by a short speech by Dimuth, who spoke of the hurt his people were currently suffering.
This was followed by a poignant moment where Limerick man Brian McInerney made a speech in a show of support towards the Sri Lankan community.
“Our best wishes go to you, from the Irish community which thankfully you are very much a part of,” he said.
This was followed by two minutes of silence before an emotional rendition of the Sri Lankan national anthem which brought many in attendance to tears.
Dimuth was humbled by the support the event received, “I really appreciate and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your presence with us as it is a time that we needed all of you the most,” he said.
Paloma Silva, a friend of co-organiser Vitushi spoke to The Leader about the meaningful support given to the Sri Lankan community from local business.
McDonalds allowed three Limerick-based Sri Lankan employees leave from work so they could attend the ceremony, with Griffith College also offering time off to students who have been affected by the tragedy.