Northern Ireland

‘Bridgils’ for Palestine to take place throughout Ireland

A view of Derry's Peace Bridge 
The Peace Bridge in Derry is one of the sites chosen for a Palestine solidarity "bridgil" on Friday.

Vigils are to take place on bridges throughout Ireland on Friday in a nationwide show of solidarity for Palestinians.

Dubbed “Bridgils”, which echo similar events in the US, are being organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and follow the deaths of more than 45 Palestinians in Israeli airstrikes in Rafah.

“We would encourage people to come to our bridgil on the Peace Bridge at seven o’clock on Friday and to bring along Palestinian flags,” Chairwoman of Derry IPSC, Catherine Hutton said .

“I think the bridgils are getting a lot of support because people want to get out and do something and show their solidarity for the victims. People here feel so helpless watching what is,” Ms Hutton said.

“I think activists are organising bridgils in every city, town and village, in fact almost anywhere there is a bridge,” Ms Hutton said.

Vigils will take place at: Bellevue Bridge, Antrim Road, Belfast (8am to 9am); at Toome Park and Ride footbridge (6pm); Maghery Footbridge, County Tyrone (4pm); Mountsandal Road Bridge, Coleraine (noon) and Armagh Ring Road flyover (4pm to 6pm) among other locations.

There will also be vigils at five locations in Donegal, including Port Bridge, Letterkenny (5pm), Eske Bridge, Donegal Town (4.30pm); Cockhill Bridge, Buncrana (4.30pm); Crolly Bridge (6pm) and Falcarragh Bray (7pm).