The children’s choir from Ruth Kelly-Brady’s Ardee School of Music will perform this Friday at the vigil to be held in remembrance and support of those affected by the Tuam mother and baby scandal.
The vigil, which takes place at the Fair Green at 8pm on Friday night, will include song, prayer and lighting of candles to show support to all of those deeply affected by the deaths of 796 infants at the home in Galway, where the bodies of the children were discovered earlier this month.
The remains were buried under the site of the former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours.
Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue floated the idea earlier this month 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 and it is hoped a big attendance will be present as a show of support and solidarity.
“Going by Facebook, there’s a great hunger for it,” Minogue told ThisIsArdee.ie earlier this month. “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.
Fine Gael councillor has been in touch with Catherline Corless – the local historian whose persistence helped unearth the story of the deaths at the Tuam home and led to the discovery of the bodies – and she has expressed her delight that the Ardee vigil is taking place.