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'We hope your miracle comes soon': Kielty praised for Late Late Show closer

by Will Hobbs

Presenter and comedian Patrick Kielty concluded last night's Late Late Show by saying he hoped families in Israel and Palestine would receive the "miracle" of peace that he experienced after decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

The talk show host's father Jack was murdered by members of the UFF (Ulster Defence Association) in 1988, during the troubles in Northern Ireland. He said the people of Ireland are "living our own miracle" and hoping "your miracle comes soon" to end the bloodshed.

Kielty ended Friday's show by sending "love" to the family of Irish-Israeli woman Kim Damti who was confirmed to have been killed in the Hamas attack at a music festival in Re'im, Israel.

"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," Kielty said.

"As someone who grew up during the 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 might not seem like it. But there's always hope. And we hope that your miracle comes soon."

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