Irish support praised by Tutu 2009: Archbishop Desmond

Irish support praised by Tutu

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND Tutu has praised Irish people for their support of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and their continuing charitable efforts in his

country. Speaking at a civic reception in his honour at the Mansion House in Dublin yesterday, the Nobel peace laureate said: &8220You have been wonderful in your generosity to us and to people in other parts of the world who have been less well off than yourselves. &8220One of the wonderful things about yourselves has been your capacity to remember how you were when you didn&8217t have the Celtic Tiger. You supported us at the time of our struggle against apartheid.&8221 He also commended charities such as the St Patrick&8217s Trust &8211 of which he is patron &8211 and the Niall Mellon Trust, whose work showed how Ireland was &8220seeking to accompany us on the much more difficult terrain that you have to traverse when freedom comes&8221. A quarter-century after the archbishop won the Nobel Peace prize and singer Bob Geldof released Band Aid&8217s Christmas single, both men are due to speak at a lecture in NUI Galway tomorrow. The event is being hosted by NUI Galway&8217s (NUIG) Literary and Debating Society, which says it is delighted to welcome two &8220giants of human rights&8221 on campus. Archbishop Tutu, on whom the Nobel prize was conferred in 1984 for his anti-apartheid work, will be speak on aid, justice and charity.

Entry to the event at NUIG&8217s &193ras na Mac L&233inn at 5pm tomorrow will be by ticket only.

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