The Dalai Lama.....Five years ago today

Facebook has a feature that reminds you of what you were doing on a given date, several years earlier,  digging up posts from several years ago. This is normally something I pay little attention to, until today.  This morning FB reminded me that 5 years ago i posted an image about the Dalai Lama's visit to Ireland,and in particular his address to 3100 people at the University of Limerick. I was lucky enough to get a press pass to cover the event. Here are some of the photos i captured on the day... and one interesting little story.

The man on the left is Richard Moore who is the founder of the charity Children in Crossfire. He was shot and blinded by a rubber bullet fired by a British Soldier on 4th May 1972 (10 years old) whilst on his way home from school. The soldier that fired the bullet that blinded Richard was in the audience that day. The man to the right of the Dalai Lama is Don Barry the president of the University of Limerick, the man behind him, is one of the Dalai Lama's security detail, He is picking up a worm from the running track. While walking across the track towards the venue where the talk was taking place the Dalai Lama spotted the worm on the track and told asked someone to pick up the worm and put it on the grass, and he waited there until it was done ( it was a cold, miserable day ). He stopped when passing the press are and said hello, and when asked about why he had the worm rescued and put on the grass, he replied " because all life is precious". 

The man on the left is Richard Moore who is the founder of the charity Children in Crossfire. He was shot and blinded by a rubber bullet fired by a British Soldier on 4th May 1972 (10 years old) whilst on his way home from school. The soldier that fired the bullet that blinded Richard was in the audience that day. The man to the right of the Dalai Lama is Don Barry the president of the University of Limerick, the man behind him, is one of the Dalai Lama's security detail, He is picking up a worm from the running track.

While walking across the track towards the venue where the talk was taking place the Dalai Lama spotted the worm on the track and told asked someone to pick up the worm and put it on the grass, and he waited there until it was done ( it was a cold, miserable day ). He stopped when passing the press are and said hello, and when asked about why he had the worm rescued and put on the grass, he replied " because all life is precious". 

The Dalai Lama spoke about The Power of Forgiveness for about 90 mins, and stayed standing the entire time. If memory serves me right, he was 75 years old at the time. 

The Dalai Lama spoke about The Power of Forgiveness for about 90 mins, and stayed standing the entire time. If memory serves me right, he was 75 years old at the time.