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Magdalene women remembered in vigils in Dublin and Galway

Flowers were laid at the graves and tributes to the women were read out by representatives from various groups.

A burial plot for victims of the Magdalene Laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
A burial plot for victims of the Magdalene Laundries in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

VIGILS WERE HELD today in Glasnevin Cemetary in Dublin and Galway city to pay tribute to the women of the Magdalene Laundries.

In Glasnevin Cemetary, a representative from Justice for Magdalenes made an address which was  followed by the laying of flowers at each grave and a memorial to the women.

The vigils are taking place in the week preceding International Women’s Day aims to remember the women of the Magdalene Laundries, many of whom are buried in Glasnevin.

In Galway, messages from the Irish Women Survivors and the Justice for Magdalenes groups were read out at the ‘Women of the Magdalene laundry’ memorial statue, Forster Street.

Playwright Patricia Burke Brogan performed a reading from her work and Galway singers Treasa ni Cheannabhain and Roisin Elsafty gave a rendition of a new song ‘The Laundry Girls’.

This was followed by a small flower laying ceremony on the women’s graves in Bohermore.

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