A Russian woman living in Ennis says she’s ‘ashamed’ of her country as the war in Ukraine continues.
Hundreds of people turned out in the county town last night in solidarity with the people of the Eastern European state.
The people of Ennis joined in to chant ‘no war’ in Russian at last night’s gathering.
The conflict is now entering its eighth day, with people in this county assembling to wave Clare flags and wear blue and yellow last evening at Tim Smythe Park.
Several hundred people were present, including many members of the Ukrainian, Russian and Polish communities.
A minute’s silence was held for those who’ve been killed or injured so far in the conflict, while candles were lit in solidarity.
Ennis-based Russian Tatiana Timofeeva, who’s been a piano teacher in the county town for a number of years, described her hatred for Vladimir Putin’s stance.
An Ennis woman whose children were born via surrogacy in Ukraine says she’s ”hoping and praying” the woman who gave birth to her children will be able to stay safe.
Kathy Potter’s twins Senan and Siun were born in Southern Ukraine last April and took part in last night’s march with her son and daughter.
She says the country has a special place in her heart.
A Ukrainian man who works in Ennis General Hospital says he is “praying every day” for the safety of his stepsons who are serving in the military.
Anotoly, who lives in Limerick and attended last night’s march, says he is hopeful it will be a short conflict for the people of his country.
Collection points for items to send to Ukraine are available in Lisdoonvarna’s Pavilion Theatre today, the Corofin hall today and tomorrow, and in Ennis CBS primary school on Saturday, as well as Shannon Leisure Centre.