We've seen everything from teddybears to messages of support to frontline workers grace windows, but now RTÉ is calling on people across the country to shine a light in their windows this Saturday, 11th of April, creating a moment of solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The campaign has already drawn huge support from some of the nation's brightest stars, from Saoirse Ronan and Gabriel Byrne, to President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina.
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Sinéad O'Connor, Glen Hansard, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Paula Meehan and Marie Mullen have also joined with RTÉ in the call for this public moment of symbolic support.
"I'm really honoured to be taking part in this very moving event and am so inspired by the love we are all showing for each other by staying home", said O'Connor, who will perform during the five-minute broadcast. "It's not easy. Especially for teenagers. But it's really working. So let's keep it going. I'm shining my light with love for all the kids and teenagers who are currently in care and haven't been able to visit their families."
Light knows no distance or boundaries. So in this time of darkness, shine yours. ✨ #ShineYourLight safely this Saturday at 9pm wherever you are and show light can reach us all. #LonraighdoSholas ✨ pic.twitter.com/2r6XKtQk4s— RTÉ (@rte) April 9, 2020
#SHINEYOURLIGHT (or #LONRAIGHDOSHOLAS as Gaeilge) is calling on people of all ages, to be as creative as they wish, whether you want to shine your phone's torch, flash fairy lights or even leave a candle lighting safely on the window sill. No matter what way you want to take part, it's the moment that counts.
To help you feel even closer to all the other people living in and sharing this moment, RTÉ will be following the campaign, both on TV, radio and online. Coverage begins on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8:30pm with Shine Your Light with John Creedon featuring music from some of our finest artists including Martin Hayes and Glen Hansard, and poetry from Moya Cannon.
At 9pm, RTÉ will broadcast #ShineYourLight, a short live special on RTÉ One television, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Player and RTE.ie to share this moment. Spoken word performances from Paula Meehan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, as well as O'Connor's performance, will be a highlight on the show.
We'll also get a glimpse at how families, individuals and workers will be shining their light around the country, with local and national public buildings and embassies around the world joining in solidarity with their communities and loved ones near and far.
RTÉ.ie/Lifestyle will also shine a light on this special occasion with a homepage takeover and live gallery of images from around the country.
RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes said: "This global pandemic is affecting each and every person in our society so let's come together for this moment where we can express solidarity with each other while we remain separated from friends and family. Let's light up our homes or light a candle to remember all of those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 and their loved ones.
"Let's also remember and thank our key frontline staff for their ongoing heroic work throughout this crisis. Light reaches across all boundaries and as we watch the light flicker, perhaps we will see a glimmer of hope, in this time of fear and distancing."
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