Updated: Monday 10th October, 6:45pm
Communities across the north west, and the world, will unite in mourning at a number of vigils this week.
Local GAA clubs and town centres are to host candlelight vigils for people to gather in support and solidarity following Friday’s tragic explosion in Creeslough.
Vigils will take place this Saturday night and Sunday evening in Donegal and parts of Tyrone.
“We are all feeling utterly helpless and devastated at this awful tragedy,” said Councillor Gary Doherty, who organised a vigil in his home village of Castlefinn.
“I keep thinking about what we could be doing to help and I know everyone else is the same.
“The only thing I can think of is to hold a candlelight vigil in my home village of Castlefin to allow people to come together and remember the victims and their loved ones.”
List of local vigils (subject to change and updates):
SATURDAY 8th October
Creeslough: St. Michael’s Chapel, 7.30pm. Rosary to take place at 10pm.
Kerrykeel: St Mary’s Church, Fanavolty. 10pm
Mullaghderg: Naomh Muire Iochtar Na Rosann Clubhouse. 8pm
Carndonagh: The Diamond. 8pm.
SUNDAY 9th October
Letterkenny: Adoration and prayer at St Eunan’s Cathedral, 7pm – 10pm
Milford: Top of the town, 4pm Sunday. Representatives from local churches will also be in attendance offering support.
Downings: The stand on the main GAA club pitch, 6pm Sunday
Castlefinn: The Diamond, 7pm Sunday
Buncrana: The Shorefront, 7pm Sunday
Donegal Town: The Diamond, 3.15pm
Ardara: The Church of the Holy Family, 7.30pm Sunday
Kilclooney: St Conal’s Church, 7pm Sunday
Newtowncunningham: Columban Hall, 7pm
Manorcunningham: Outside Resource Centre, 7.30pm
Dungannon: Ann Street, 1pm
Gortahork: Christ The King, 5 p.m.
Malin Village: On the Green, 7.30pm
Carndonagh: 8 pm Sunday evening
Kilmacrennan: Chapel car park at 4pm
Culdaff: Main Beach Midnight Sunday 9th October before the full moon swim organised by Sea Swimming Mental Health
Gleneely: Sunday 7.30pm at Gleneely Colts FC Clubhouse and pitch. Tea & coffee served afterwards.
Burt: Hibernian Park at 8pm Sunday organised by C.L.G. Beart (Rosary will be said as part of this vigil).
Clonmany: Market Square, 7pm
Falcarragh: Crossroads, 7pm
MONDAY 10th October
Ballybofey: Carpark beside McElhinneys, 7pm Monday
Strabane: Townsend street, 7.30pm, Monday
Raphoe: The Diamond. 7.30pm Monday
Derry: Guildhall Square, 8pm
Ballyshannon: The Gables, 6pm
Lifford: The Diamond, 6pm
Letterkenny: 7pm, at Market Square, hosted by Letterkenny Community Development Project ( Letterkenny CDP )
Lettermacaward: St Bridget’s church car park at 8pm.
Cavan: Blacklion at 6.30pm.
TUESDAY 11th October
Galway: 7pm – Eyre Square. Please bring a candle & umbrella
Brisbane, Australia: Kangaroo Point Amphitheatre. Tuesday 11th October at 7pm.
Boston, USA: Mass in St Brendan’s Church, Dorchester, at 7pm.
WEDNESDAY 12th October
Dublin: Service at Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, 6.30pm
Thursday 13th October
Perth, Australia: Scarborough Beach Ampitheatre at 6pm.