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Third annual ‘Flowers for Magdalenes’ event to take place this weekend

24 February, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


The third annual ‘Flowers for Magdalenes’ remembrance event will take place this Sunday, 2nd of March at 2pm in Glasnevin Cemetery.

The event, jointly hosted by Sinn Féin Women and Justice for Magdalene’s Research, takes place in the week preceding International Women’s Day and aims to remember those women and girls who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries.

Speaking ahead of the event Sinn Féin's Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said:

“I am pleased to announce that the third annual ‘Flowers for Magdalenes’ remembrance event will take place this Sunday in Glasnevin cemetery.

“This special event aims to remember the women and girls who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries during this shameful period of our recent history.

“The poignant ceremony will involve an address from Claire McGettrick of Justice for Magdalenes Research followed by the laying of flowers on the graves and monument to the women, many of whom lived and died inside the walls of these institutions.

“As a tribute to the women we ask all participants to bring along bunches of flowers that will be laid on each of the Magdalene plots and memorial in the cemetery.

“The Flowers for Magdalenes event is about remembering the women for who they were – sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. They were not just numbers. They were real women who suffered at the hands of the church and state. They deserve to be remembered, they deserve justice.

“All are welcome to the Flowers for Magdalenes event.”

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