At a requiem mass the Russian community in Dublin mourn the victims of the Beslan school siege.

The Russian community in Dublin gather at the church of St Peter and St Paul in Harold's Cross to celebrate the arrival in Ireland of one of the church's most sacred icons.

After blessing the icon, the Dean of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ireland Father Michael Gogoleff, holds a requiem mass for the victims of the hostage siege at School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan in Russia. During the three day siege, Chechen rebels took more than 1,000 hostages, mostly children. The siege ended with the deaths of at least 334 people.

One man describes how the horrific event has impacted the Russian community in Ireland and around the world. Another visibly upset woman says she was moved to tears watching the event on the news.

Father Michael Gogoleff adds,

No cause or value is worth the life of a child.

A further service for the siege victims will be held in Galway.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 September 2004. The reporter is Bethan Kilfoil.