Europe 19 July: Belfast - Dublin
Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The International Peace Run team prepare for their virtual run through Ireland.
The Irish Peace Run team offer their gratitude.
“I had my first contact with Peace Run and, in a inner way, with its founder Sri Chinmoy in 2011. I didn't hesitate to accept the invitation to hold the torch because I immediately identified myself with the message of the run. Sri Chinmoy has left a great heritage all over the world. Peace Run is a worldwide event that touches many hearts and I believe that peace begins in each one of us.
Sri Chinmoy gave me the inspiration to create my association, which aims to promote harmony, inclusion and peace through sports.
I believe that, after touching the Peace Torch and feeling the strength of its creator Sri Chinmoy, something begins and from there each of us can be a better person and make the world a better place.”
Jorge Pina. Marathon Paralympic Runner. Portugal
Distinguished by the European
Commission with the Local Hero
award in 2018
"Even though I never had the privilege to personally meet Sri Chinmoy, his work is timeless and keeps inspiring through the Peace Run, as it keeps spreading his message all over the world. I believe those that come in contact with the peace run feel the harmony and take it with them into their daily life, with the desire to keep it present and make it grow. This is the true inspiration and the beginning of all positive change, it’s the spark within us."
Joana Schenker Bodyboarder athlete. Portugal
APB World Bodyboard Champion 2017.
European Bodyboard Champion 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.
Thamara from Brazil reports: "I ran my first two days in São Paulo! The weather here was truly Irish weather: cold and gray - very foggy weather! I could feel that I was really in Ireland!"
Thamara: "I finished my running today in Ibirapuera Park and there is a place there called "Square of Peace" - It's a big green grass area totally opened to the sky. A beautiful place to spread light and hope for peace".
Thamara: "Finally we had a beautiful sunny day! I ran yesterday and today in Minas Gerais (state in Brazil) the way is called green circuit of Minas Gerais".
Thamara: "Running with my heart in Ireland these days reminded me beautiful times I spent in that country and how I loved every single place where I ran there. I send my gratitude for all my friends there, they are forever in my heart! Thank you all again to let me be a part of this one more time! "
Pranayani reports: "This week I run for Ireland in my hometown which is Den Haag in Holland, Europe".
Pranayani: "Trying to bring in some Irish feel ☘️during my runs and was passing by the United Nations rows of flags of the world, ending my run at the United Nations Peace Palace, which is the International Court of Justice and which attempts to create more harmony and peace in between nations".
On 8th October 2007, the Peace Run visited the Peace Palace. Pranayani reports: "We had a very special meeting here. The runners ran over the big lawn towards the palace carrying the torch and flags from many different nations".
Pranayani's report continued: "The runners crossed the lawn and climbed the stairs to the top where we were very honoured to meet the vice president of the ICJ, Mr Al-Khasawneh from Jordan".
Nha (background) is from Vietnam but she lives and works in Dublin. She found some friends this week to join the Peace Run.
Ashcharjya is running in France. He says: "Nothing more efficient than the Irish Shamrock to unite my heart with my Irish brothers and sisters before my Run this morning!"
Vlado is from Slovakia. He is a well-known performance artist and mime. Here he is posing by the 'Waterman'.
Several years ago we visited a school in Scotland. In a special exercise we asked everyone to close their eyes and put their hand on their heart.