17 Nov 2023
We were delighted that Oscar winner James Martin, Belfast Lord Mayor Ryan Murphy and TV personality James McGinn helped us launch our ‘Shine a Light for Peace’ at the iconic Europa Hotel in Belfast today.
‘I first visited Corrymeela when I was a schoolboy and I fell in love with it and all it stands for and have continued to visit regularly over the years’ said James Martin. ‘The Shine a Light project is now more important than ever, considering all the world–wide unrest and I am urging people across Northern Ireland to make a donation to our campaign, shine a light this Christmas and together, we can play a part in contributing to a more peaceful world.”
“Similar to Corrymeela, the Europa Hotel has played a huge part in the peace story of Northern Ireland’ said James McGinn, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels said. Whilst it is known as the world’s most bombed hotel, it has transformed into an iconic symbol of Belfast’s survival. For over 50 years, the Europa Hotel has been the heart of Belfast welcoming people from different communities and backgrounds and continues to do so – it really is a true beacon of hope and peace. We are proud to give our support to this incredible campaign and would encourage people to light up a star and help light up a life with Corrymeela this Christmas.”
Find out how you can Shine a Light for Peace this Christmas here.