Around 80 people came out to the Fair Green in Ardee on Friday evening for a vigil as a show of support and solidarity to all those victims and those affected by the Tuam mother and baby homes.
Organised by Ardee Municipal District cathaioirleach Dolores Minogue, the assembled crowd were treated to song by Ruth Kelly Brady’s Children’s Choir and light candles before walking around the perimeter of the Fair Green Park. Then, the ceremony ended as children from the choir released balloons into the night sky.
The attendees also took a moment for personal reflection to to pray for the family of local woman Dara Breen Conlon who passed away on Thursday.
Minogue first decided to hold a vigil last month to show support to all of those deepy affected by the deaths of 796 infants at the home in Galway, where the bodies of the children were discovered in early March.
The remains were buried under the site of the former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie after the vigil, Minogue told us she was very happy to receive support for the idea from the community. “Everybody was shocked when the news came to light – over the years too, but more so this time. There were horrific stories.
“I’d like to thank Ruth Kelly and the children’s choir for singing. They really added a nice touch to a sombre event. We chose the park because of the children that never got to play in it and parents who never got to see them in it.”
“It’s great to see so many people that came tonight and it shows the affect that this tradegy has had on people.”
Keep an eye out on ThisIsArdee.ie later this weekend for more photographs from the event.