Ceremony at Dublin Castle Gardens marked the Opening of Ireland's First-ever World Peace Weekend Festival produced by Instruments of Peace.
The above video is a celebration of the fulfillment of the dream of Maire McDonnell, a Trinity College student, who was inspired by the example of Hiroshima City in Japan, which holds the Guinness Book of Records for the highest number of people holding hands together for one minute of silence. Maire wanted to set the record of a human spiral of hands held together in silence for ONE MINUTE for PEACE. Supported by Instruments of Peace, this dream was fulfilled with a host of student volunteers. DubhLinn Gardens of Dublin Castle was offered FREELY by the Office of Public Works, along with a stage specifically built for the event, a PA system and sound engineers to manage the ceremony. This generosity was what made the breakthrough for the students' dream.
The activities were web-cast for the celebration of the U.N. International Day of Peace on Friday, 21st September 2012.
The Culture of Peace Initiative at the U.N. had a project of web-casting a "Global Peace Wave" in all time zones celebrating "A Minute of Silence, A Moment of Peace". Dublin's "Circle of Peace" was chosen among those that would be web-cast LIVE. So, Kairos Communications, Ltd. provided a camera crew, all equipment needed and broadband supply required and immediate editing after the event. This video is the result. HUGE THANK YOU to the KAIROS TEAM: Finbarr, Seamus and Edna who managed four cameras.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr. Naoisé Ó Muirí, graced the ocassion with his inspiring message and he led the celebration of "A Minute of Silence, A Moment of Peace"