Thousands raised for Gaza at St Patrick’s Art exhibition  

by Rose Barrett
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 A St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event for Gaza saw thousands of euros raised in aid of humanitarian relief for the civilian population, writes Rose Barrett.

‘Paint For Palestine’ was the brainchild of Castleknock woman, Ellen Troy, who mobilised the D15 community to get behind the effort which took place at the Parish Centre in the area. At the time of going to press, just shy of €5,500 was raised.

Ellen Troy, a local activist and Aontú’s candidate for the upcoming local elections says: “I am absolutely delighted with how it went. The people of Castleknock and the wider D15 area really came out in force to show their solidarity with the unfortunate civilians in Gaza who are going through the most unspeakable horrors. It is utterly heartbreaking and so many of us are just so shocked and devastated that this could happen to them”.

“I paint in the little spare time I have and I thought why not gather together my paintings, my friends and my community and do something to help the people in Gaza”.

“We had a wonderful day; live traditional music, lots of paintings, lovely treats and eats and a raffle. I am so touched by the huge generosity shown by the community and the proceeds of Paint For Palestine will be donated to Trócaire whose teams will use it to help the poor besieged people of Gaza”.

Ms Troy thanked all who attended and who gave so generously of their time, money and their hearts. “You  are simply the best!”

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