The Irish peace and human rights organisation Afri are hosting an online celebration of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu this evening.

The event, which gets underway at 8pm, is in honour of the South African humanitarian and anti-apartheid campaigner who passed away on Sunday at the age of 90. 

Archbishop Tutu was Afri’s patron for almost thirty years, after it hosted his first visit to Ireland 1984.

Since then, Afri hosted the revered human rights leader several times, including in 1991 when he led the annual Afri famine walk in the Doolough Valley in West Mayo.

Tutu also called for an investigation into the attack on Rossport farmer Willie Corduff after he was beaten during his campaign against the Shell gas pipeline.

The online event will last for an hour and several hundred people in Ireland and internationally are registered to attend.

Director of Afri Joe Murray told Midwest News this event will be an important moment of reflection for one of the true great giants for peace and justice in the world.


Registration for the Celebration of the Life of Desmond Tutu event is free and information can be founded on or at


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