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'Je suis Nice': Books of condolence to open in Dublin and Cork

From The Open to Australia, people are showing their grief in the aftermath of the attack in Nice.

People place candles in a circle during a vigil in a tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day tragedy, in Sydney, Australia, Friday, July 15, 2016.
People place candles in a circle during a vigil in a tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day tragedy, in Sydney, Australia, Friday, July 15, 2016.
Image: Rob Griffith/PA Images

Updated 7.30pm 

IN THE WAKE of tragedy, especially one on such a grand scale as yesterday’s in France, everyone desperately wants to contribute to the rescue effort and make things better in any way they can.

There has been a huge reaction – both online and offline – to the tragedy in Nice as people try to deal with what has happened.

Vigils are planned to take place in cities and towns around Ireland tomorrow.

A silent vigil will take place outside the French Embassy in Dublin’s Merrion Square from 7pm tomorrow evening, while in Galway the city’s French community will be holding a solidarity march from ‘Prom to Prom’, with the group assembling in the main promenade car park in Salthill at 12pm.

A vigil will also be held in front of the Alliance Française cultural centre in Limerick at Pery Square tomorrow at 11am.

A book of condolence will be open at the Mansion House in Dublin from 10am to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and also in Cork’s City Hall – with the public advised to make contact directly for opening times.

The public are also able to express their sympathies for the victims through an online book of condolence hosted by the French Embassy in Ireland.

Around the world

The events of the last 24 hours have seen an extraordinary outpouring of grief and sympathy from across the world.

Here is just a small selection of tributes through words, art and flags to those who lost their lives, those who were injured and to the nation of France.


The Open

France’s Clement Sordet paid tribute to the victims of the terror attack in Nice as the second round of the Open Championship got under way. The Open also marked the day by flying the French flag at half-mast.

Tweet by @Ben Nagle Source: Ben Nagle/Twitter


Ever since the Charlie Hebdo attack, when illustrators and cartoonists were killed at their offices in Paris, art has been used as a method of dealing with the profound grief people are feeling.

Rihanna, who cancelled her performance in Nice tonight, used the most common image of the Nice attack, the French tricolour in the shape of a heart.

La baie des Anges+

A post shared by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (@jcdecastelbajac) on

While others focused specifically on the attacks in Nice, this artist made a tribute piece to all recent tragedies at the hand of Isis. This comes after criticism that there was no outcry of grief after terrorist attacks in Bangladesh or Istanbul.

Je suis vraiement désolé...

A post shared by Murat Selcuk (@mrtinstgrm) on

First published 7pm 

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