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14th Oct 2023

Patrick Kielty delivers powerful message of hope to those impacted by Israel-Palestine conflict

Stephen Porzio

Patrick Kielty

The Late Late host offered condolences to the family of Irish-Israeli woman Kim Damti and “all the families whose lives this week have been ripped apart in Israel and Palestine.”

Patrick Kielty closed last night’s episode The Late Late Show with a powerful message of hope to those impacted by the Israel-Palestine conflict.

According to media reports, thousands have been killed in the war over the past week which continues to rage on.

Among the casualties was 22-year old Irish-Israeli woman Kim Damti who died following a Hamas attack at a music festival in Israel last Saturday.

Speaking directly to camera, Kielty said that he and his Late Late colleagues wanted to send their love to the family of Ms Damti, as well as “all the families whose lives this week have been ripped apart in Israel and Palestine”.

Patrick Kielty delivers powerful message of hope to those impacted by Israel-Palestine conflict

“There are no words that will even touch the sides on the pain and the loss and the ongoing horror that’s been felt by so many tonight,” he said.

Referencing being raised in County Down during The Troubles, the visibly emotional Kielty added:

“But as someone who grew up during a conflict where the rights and wrongs of politics were always writ large, one common truth was that the hurt and the pain on both sides was sadly the same.

“We all shared something, but we just didn’t realise it at the time and there were days when we thought it would never end.

“Tonight there are many parents and children in Israel and in Gaza who also think that this will never end and are praying for a miracle to make it stop.

“In the midst of despair, miracles are hard to believe in, but it’s worth remembering that we are currently living our own miracle on this island because we are living in peace.

“And for all those in Israel and Palestine tonight – it mightn’t seem like it, but there is always hope. And we hope that your miracle comes soon.”

Patrick Kielty’s comments were met with applause from his Late Late audience.

You can watch the moment in full right here:

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