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Candle of Hope Ceremony

Candle of Hope For Sale:

Candles of Hope are currently available to buy at the following locations:

Clancy’s Foodstore, Castlefinn

Gweedore & Falcarragh Credit Union

Tinneys Fuels, Bonagee, Letterkenny

Veritas, Main St., Letterkenny

The Forge Resource Centre, Pettigo

Inish Pharmacies in Muff, Buncrana and Carndonagh

Lettermacaward Post Office

Clerkins Shop, Lettermacaward

The Village Shop, Doochery

**There will be candles for sale at Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Letterkenny on Friday May 20th from 3pm  to 8pm, and a pop up shop at Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Friday 27th May from 10am to 5pm**

Look out for other locations being announced on our Facebook page.


After dark, we honour people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Candle of Hope Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags of sand, each bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants walk a lap in silence.

As people take time to remember, those who have walked alongside others battling cancer can grieve and find healing. This is a time that truly highlights the importance of defeating this disease.

A video of the  Candle of Hope ceremony is below:

Candles of Hope bags available for a suggested donation of €5 and will be available at various locations throughout the county.

Candle Of Hope bags are currently available at the Breast Care Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital, the Department of Social Protection offices in Letterkenny, the Forge Family Resource Centre in Pettigo, and on Saturday mornings at Clancy’s Food Store in Castlefinn.

They will also be available at Whoriskey’s, Ramelton from 10.30am to 2pm on Friday and Saturday next March 18th and 19th.

More details of sales points will be published in the coming weeks.

Candles of Hope can be dedicated to anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis, whether alive or passed away.

They will then be placed around the track at LYIT on the Saturday evening of Relay (30th May) and lit as darkness falls.

There will be a special dedication ceremony at dusk, around 10pm and then all will walk around the track in silence for about 10 minutes in honour of those who have been remembered in this way.

They will remain lit throughout the night, while the walkers and vigil continues until the Sunday morning.This is a very moving and integral part of any Relay and one well worth participating in. Hugely moving.

A video on the research being carried out by the Irish Cancer Society is below: