DCU and St Patrick’s College held a memorial ceremony for the victims of a terrorist attack in a Kenyan university where 148 people lost their lives.
The Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard Opembe joined university president Professor Brian MacCraith and deputy president Jim Dowling in remembering the people who died at the hands of Boko Haram terrorists in Garissa University College.
Mr Dowling led the remembrance, welcoming the ambassador and guests. Professor MacCraith’s speech highlighted the importance of the continued goal of education after an attack like this.
Ambassador Opembe used his speech to not only remember the victims of the attack, but to also talk about the future of Kenya in light of the savage attacks. He told the crowd how Kenya has held military movements against Boko Haram as well as social programs to further educate young Kenyans.
After the speakers, a poem was read by Fr Stephen Monaghan, chaplain of St Patrick’s College, and a piece of music was performed by first year Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht student Cáit Ní Cheallacháin on the violin.
The ceremony ended with the release of 148 white balloons into the clear blue sky in memory of all of those who lost their lives. A book of condolence was opened in the Inter Faith Centre to be signed by staff, students and visitors alike.