Dublin: Dalai Lama Begins Visit To Ireland

13 Apr

Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is beginning his first visit to Ireland in 20 years.

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The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will speak at sold-out events in Dublin, Kildare and Limerick in the coming days as part of his third trip to the country.

The spiritual leader arrived in Dublin on Tuesday and will attend a conference in the city with 2,000 people expected at the venue.

The Possibilities civic summit in Citywest aims to inspire young people to speak out to help improve the country and is organised by three non-profit organisations – Afri, which focuses on human rights, Children in Crossfire and www.SpunOut.ie  a youth website.

The Dalai Lama will speak on Universal Responsibility and how taking action for change is something everyone has a duty to do.

Former president and ex-United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson will also be among the speakers, along with performances from Irish musicians, theatre from schoolchildren at Scoil Eoghan in Moville, Co Donegal and other acts.

The Dalai Lama will then travel to nearby Kildare town where he will be greeted with music by local schoolchildren as part of a visit organised by Solas Bhride.

He will be presented with the Brigid Flame in recognition of his work for peace and his life-long commitment to non-violence, along with other gifts before before addressing a crowd of up to 700 people at St Brigid’s Parish Church.

The 76-year-old exiled leader, who fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, was personally invited to the country by close friend Richard Moore, founder of the Children in Crossfire charity.

Mr Moore was blinded by a rubber bullet in Derry, Northern Ireland at the age of 10 and he sought out and befriended the British soldier who shot him.

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