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Dalai Lama to visit Ireland in April

February 2, 2011

[Tuesday, February 01, 2011 21:27]

The Tibetan spiritual and political leader the Dalai Lama is to make his
third visit to the Republic this April.

The Dalai Lama: "It is up to each of us to make the best use of our time
to help create a happier and fairer world?"
The Nobel Peace Laureate will take part in a series of events for the
social change initiative "Possibilities 2011", which is run by three
Irish-based non-governmental organisations – Children in Crossfire, Afri

On April 13th, he will deliver a talk on universal responsibility during
the Social Forum at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin which will also be
attended by former president Mary Robinson. The following day, he will
visit the Solas Bhríde Centre in Kildare where he will speak on

He will conclude his visit on the following day at the University of
Limerick, where he will deliver a talk on the power of forgiveness.

Speaking ahead of his visit, the Dalai Lama said he believes individuals
can make a difference in society. “It is up to each of us to make the
best use of our time to help create a happier and fairer world,” he
said. “It will be especially important to visit at a time when Ireland
is facing serious turmoil, as is the world as a whole, grappling as it
is with economic upheaval, climate change, and great and growing chasms
between rich and poor.”

The visit of the exiled Tibetan leader comes after a personal invitation
from Children in Crossfire founder, Richard Moore.

The charity was established in 1996 by the Co Derry native, who was just
10 years old when he was blinded by a rubber bullet in 1972. Mr Moore
has since become a leading international advocate for the rights of
children suffering from the injustice of poverty.

The Dalai Lama is patron of Children in Crossfire, which works to
protect and promote the rights of some of the world’s most vulnerable

TheDalai Lama has made three separate visits to Northern Ireland, in
2000, 2005 and 2007. He paid a one-day visit to the Republic on October
11th, 1973, when he was received at Áras an Uachtaráin by
then-president, the late Erskine Childers.

On a subsequent visit in March, 1991, two years after he was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize, the Dalai Lama informally met then-president Mary
Robinson, but was not officially received by the Department of Foreign

At the time the Tibet Support Group accused the Government of being
“enslaved” to trading links with China, but the department said the
visit was regarded as a private one.
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