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Public asked to lay flowers on graves of Magdalene women for Mother's Day

At least 1,663 former Magdalene women are buried in cemeteries in Ireland – many in unmarked graves.

Source: PA WIRE

A NUMBER OF events are taking place across town and cities in Ireland to honour women who died in Magdalene Laundries.

The Justice for Magdalenes Research (JMFR) charity is calling on members of the public to visit graves and lay flowers for the “women who lived and died behind convent walls”.

At least 1,663 former Magdalene women are buried in cemeteries in Ireland, many of whom are in unmarked graves.

Source: Brian Lawless/PA

Events will take place in:

The events are at different times through today, starting at 11.30.

This is the fifth year for the annual Flowers for Magdalenes events. As well as the laying of flowers at graves, there will be poetry readings and songs.

Source: Brian Lawless/PA

“Ireland’s Magdalene women form a very important part of our cultural heritage and have previously been hidden in the shadows of Irish cultural memory,” the organisation said.

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