Bethlehem Peace Light in Ireland

Stena Line's Paula Boulton and Kelly Kehoe with Scout Leader Bairbre Glynn
Stena Line’s Paula Boulton and Kelly Kehoe with Scout Leader Bairbre Glynn

A ‘peace light’ lit from one of fifteen oil lamps that are said to have been burning at a grotto from the birthplace of Jesus for more than a thousand years has arrived in Ireland.

Now in its 28th year, the Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organized as part of a large charitable relief mission for children in need in Austria and abroad. Now the light is distributed throughout the world.

Last month, a 9-year-old student from Austria lit his lamp from one of the eternal flames. His lamp was used to light two blast proof miners lamps which were flown from Israel to Vienna Austria where the light is maintained for distribution.

Ferry company, Stena Line joined the global effort to transport the Peace Light from the grotto in the Church of the Nativity, as on Tuesday it was collected by the Irish Scouts in Holyhead and taken on the line’s Dublin Port service.

Since 1986 there has been a great deal of co-operation between Scouts and Guides in many countries which has allowed the light to travel to 30 countries in Europe and for the past few years, on to North, Central and South America, the Caribbean  and Canada.

On December 18 there is a special service of distribution in the Church of the Visitation, Fairview, Dublin before the Peace Light from Bethlehem continues onto destinations all over Ireland including Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Derry and Belfast.

Diane Poole OBE, Head of PR and Communications, Stena Line, said:  “We are honoured to be transporting the Peace Light to its next stop in Dublin and thus allowing this great tradition to continue.

“The co-operation shown by the numerous countries and organisations is staggering and a testament to the faith and support the campaign has generated over the last 28 years.”


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