Do you need a hug? Spritual leader Amma is here to spread peace, love, calm and to offer hugs.

Thousands of people have turned up in North Dublin to meet the woman who is known as the 'Hugging Saint'. The Indian spiritual leader, Amma, preaches a message of love and tolerance. She has hugged more than twenty-six million people all over the world.

They came from all over Ireland and beyond on a spiritual journey to see Amma. Her name means mother and her followers believe she is the embodiment of pure love and that her presence heals.

Gareth O'Connor chats to some of those who have come from far and wide to get a hug from Amma.

The 54-year-old spiritual leader is in Ireland for a two-day visit and is expected to sit through the night hugging her followers. 

Mary Davis of Special Olympics Ireland explains that people come to see Amma to feel a sense of calm and to have time to connect with their inner spirit. 

Amma greeted the crowd at the National Show Centre in Cloghran with a message of love and compassion and of course hugs.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 November 2007. The reporter is Gareth O'Connor.