From top Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan at a press briefing today; ‘Shine Your Light’ tweet this afternoon
At a press briefing in Government Buildings currently ongoing.
Fine Gael TD and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said the Government was asking the people and artists of Ireland to “shine a light” on Easter Saturday “to remind us that love and hope are always with us”.
The minister added that RTÉ has a “big range of activity planned to support this idea” which is being supported by the Government, Creative Ireland and the Arts Council.
Ms Madigan also told those present at the briefing that the Government will also be working with Facebook to support a new online initiative for artists, Ireland Performs, while Arts Council chairman Kevin Rafter announced a €1million fund for new online art projects.
Ms Madigan clarified that there will be 334 awards from the €1million, equalling to approximately €3,000 per artist.
In respect of the “shine a light” idea, Ms Madigan said:
“Shine a light for our frontline staff, our healthcare workers, the people who are keeping us going through these dark times. We will be lighting up public buildings around the country and in our embassies around the world.
“Our peacekeepers in the Middle East will also be shining their light.
“I’m inviting everybody here today to join in and be part of the light, to be the light in the darkness.
“It can be the light of the smallest candle or the lighting up of a ten-storey building. So let’s shine a light together for the people whom we love, people whom we now know are sick, our grannies, granddads we cannot see, or our friends we cannot visit these holidays.
“So shine a light for whoever is your heart.”
Complete and utter, putrid-smelling Concannonballs.
Watch the briefing live here