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Loved ones remembered at Belfast hospice lights celebration

Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Paul Clark MBE, President of NI Hospice switches on the Christmas tree lights with Kevin Donnelly, Chloe Beck and Kevin Donnelly jnr at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Paul Clark MBE, President of NI Hospice switches on the Christmas tree lights with Kevin Donnelly, Chloe Beck and Kevin Donnelly jnr at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Niamh Kavanagh sings at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public at the service Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the Salvation Army play at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the Salvation Army play at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Doreen Draffin, Presbyterian Chaplain at the service Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Niamh Kavanagh sings at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Niamh Kavanagh sings at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Regina OÕCallaghan, Catholic Chaplain at the service Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Paul Clark MBE, President of NI Hospice at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the Dominican College Senior Choir perform at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Regina OÕCallaghan, Catholic Chaplain at the service Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Paul Clark MBE, President of NI Hospice at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Paul Clark MBE, President of NI Hospice switches on the Christmas tree lights with Chloe Beck and Kevin Donnelly at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the Dominican College Senior Choir perform at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the Dominican College Senior Choir perform at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. General View of the Christmas tree at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. General View of the Christmas tree at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. General View of the Christmas tree at the Hospice. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public at the service Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the Salvation Army play at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Members of the public take part in the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - 19th December 2017 - Northern Ireland Hospice Lights to Remember celebration at Dominican College. Members of the public joined together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special. Following a service at Dominican College, members fo the public took part in a candlelight procession up Fortwilliam Park to the Hospice Grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Paul Clark MBE, President of NI Hospice at the candlelit procession. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

By Staff Reporter

Families from across Belfast and beyond gathered last night at the Northern Ireland Hospice to celebrate and remember the lives of their loved ones.

Around 1,400 people gathered in north Belfast at the poignant annual Lights To Remember event.

Following an emotive service at Dominican College Fortwilliam hosted by Hospice President Paul Clarke, the crowd followed a candlelit procession to the grounds of the new Hospice facility on Somerton Road.

Thousands of lights of remembrance on the Hospice tree were switched on as people came together to reflect and shine a light in memory of their loved one.

Those who attended the moving event also enjoyed renditions by Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh.

The NI Hospice offers this free event every year to all people across the whole of Northern Ireland - whether or not they or their family has been supported by its care services.

"It's a place to remember and share the grief we all feel at the loss of our most dearly loved ones," a Hospice spokesperson said. "A time when we can come together to share our thoughts and emotions with many others who have known the same experience."

Funds raised in this year's appeal will ensure NI Hospice provides care for more than 3,000 adults with life-limiting illnesses.

A view of some of the crowd at the event
A view of some of the crowd at the event
'The NI Hospice offers this free event every year to all people across the whole of Northern Ireland - whether or not they or their family has been supported by its care services'

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