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Saturday 3 December 2016

City joins Paris in mourning terror attack victims

At the memorial service in Donnybrook were (from left) Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, Most Rev Michael Jackson, the Papel Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown, the French Ambassador Jean Pierre Thebault, and other guests and concelebrants
At the memorial service in Donnybrook were (from left) Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, Most Rev Michael Jackson, the Papel Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown, the French Ambassador Jean Pierre Thebault, and other guests and concelebrants

"Today we still mourn."

These were the words of the French Ambassador to Ireland who spoke at a service of remembrance for the victims of the Paris atrocities in Dublin yesterday.

It is exactly one month to the day since the terror attacks which left 129 people dead and 352 injured.

Ambassador JP Thebault told the congregation in the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook, Dublin that they were commemorating the "innocents - those who should never have died".

He thanked the people of Ireland for the solidarity and love they expressed in the aftermath of the attacks.

He said the challenge today was to be ready to stand by the values of freedom, equality and fraternity and to become "peace-keepers".

In his address, the Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Michael Jackson, told members of the French community in Ireland as well as ambassadors from around Europe that the challenge was not to "capitulate to the change in the climate of respect by retaliation" with a "downward slide of disrespect to dehumanisation".

Dr Jackson told the Herald that as refugees start arriving in Ireland, people must not "tar them with the brush of a kind of radicalism which is simply that of terrorism".

"One of the important things for us in this country as we move towards Christmas .. [is to] hold our nerve and open our hearts," he said.

"I think we need to dig deep into what makes Christmas 'Christmas' in Ireland and make room for people for whom it will be their first Christmas here and who would really rather be at home."

Mourners also gathered in the streets of Paris to mark the one-month anniversary.

A colourful collection of flowers and candles formed a makeshift monument for the victims at the Place de la Republique.

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