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Fair Green vigil will “show solidarity” with victims

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The Fair Green in Ardee, pictured at Christmas. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Dolores Minogue says that the upcoming vigil to be held in light of the recent discovering at the Tuam mother and baby home will be a show of solidarity with the families affected.

The grim discovery of 796 infants dumped in a septic tank at the former Bon Secours mother and baby home in Galway was confirmed last week. The remains were buried under the site of the former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours.

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Minogue floated the idea last week of holding a vigil in Ardee in remembrance of those children – who lost their lives between 1925 and 1960 – their mothers and children like ‘Grace’ – the child who was sexually abused while in foster care. Since then, the idea has received plenty of backing locally. A vigil has now been pencilled in for Friday March 31st at 8pm at the Fair Green in the town.

“Going by Facebook, there’s a great hunger for it,” Minogue told ThisIsArdee.ie today. “It’s all about showing solidarity with the families and about standing with them. We hear their stories and we can only empathise with them.

“I picked the park because of these children who never got to play and the parents that never got the chance to see them in it,” she explained.

The Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach says that there will be a choir there to sing on the night and she is hopeful of a sizeable crowd to come out and pay respects to all those affected by what happened at Bon Secours and Grace too.

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