GO­ING GREEN

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For the first time in Le­banon’s history, the coun­try has joined forces with Ire­land’s green ini­tia­tive. To il­lus­trate the friend­ship and unity with Ire­land, Ne­jmeh Square, or Place de l’Etoile, has been flooded with a bright emer­ald green light. The Square is nes­tled in the heart of the city and is the per­fect lo­ca­tion to por­tray the sig­nif­i­cance of Le­banon’s sol­i­dar­ity with Ire­land. The con­cept came about un­der the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Ir­ish Con­sulate in Beirut and the Ir­ish Em­bassy in Cairo, in part­ner­ship with the Mayor of Beirut. It cel­e­brates the Ir­ish peace­keep­ers and all they did to pro­tect Le­banon while serv­ing with UNIFIL, and the part they played in restor­ing peace and sta­bil­ity within in the coun­try. Ire­land’s Am­bas­sador to Le­banon, Isolde Moy­lan, com­mented, “more than with any other coun­try in this re­gion, the bonds of sol­i­dar­ity and friend­ship be­tween Ire­land and Le­banon are par­tic­u­larly deep and sig­nif­i­cant, forged as they were in a time of con­flict, dan­ger, trauma and suf­fer­ing in Le­banon and through the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of Ir­ish peace­keep­ers, 47 of whom gave their lives to this cause and whom we re­mem­ber tonight.”

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