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Ambassador Nolan visits the Aarschot Peace Carillon

Ambassador Nolan visits the Aarschot Peace Carillon

On May 24, Ambassador of Ireland Helena Nolan visited the Peace Carillon in the Church of Our Lady in Aarschot, Belgium.

The carillon was inaugurated in 2018 as part of the Centenary of the end of World War 1. It consists of 51 bronze bells – one for each country that had troops in Flanders during WW1. Artillery shells from WW1 were melted into the bronze used for the construction of the bells.

The sound of bells has long been associated with peace and reconciliation and the Embassy sponsored the Peace Carillon project as part of our engagement with the centenary of the Armistice. As a godmother of the largest bronze bell, Ambassador Nolan was honoured to visit the bell which bears an inscription of her name alongside the message “deireadh le cogaíocht” or “no more war”. 

Read more about Ambassador Nolan’s visit to the Aarschot Peace Carillion in Het Laatste Nieuws (NL)

You can also read more about our participation in Belgium's World War 1 commemorations in our Commemorations Newsletter.

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