Samaritans tell callers ‘we’re there for you during your darkest hours’ this Christmas
Landmarks across Ireland illuminated last night (Mon 21st Dec) for Samaritans’ Longest Night event.
Monday 21st December is the Longest Night of year, with the sun setting on the Winter Solstice shortly after 4 pm.
Samaritans use the date to remind their callers and anyone in need that they will be there for them during their darkest hours, especially on the Longest Night and over Christmas.
Dublin Airport Control Tower, The Rock of Cashel, Blackrock Castle (Cork), Kilkenny Castle, Enniskillen Castle, Hill of the O’Neill (Dungannon), Devonshire Bridge (Dungarvan), universities and colleges, and several city and county council offices are among the many landmarks and buildings lit up in green.
In Belfast, the beacon at Millennium Island Bridge was lit for the third time in 20 years.
Samaritans volunteer Rory Fitzgerald, Regional Director for Samaritans Ireland, said:
“Every Christmas our volunteers in branches across Ireland would mark this date with candlelight walks and carol singing in town centres, which we unfortunately could not do this year.
“Instead, more than 50 buildings lit up in green to get the message out that we’re there for anyone who needs us tonight and every night of the year, especially throughout Christmas.”
Alan Heron, Samaritans volunteer and Regional Director for Northern Ireland, said:
“We believe this Christmas, more than ever before, people need to know that Samaritans will be there for them 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day. It can be quite challenging for some this year, especially given the ongoing restrictions with Covid-19.
“It is wonderful landmarks across Ireland took part in this event. Thank you everyone who took part. When promoted locally and nationally, will highlight our service to those who may never had to contact us before.”