Justice for Magdalenes Research writes:
This weekend, on Sunday March 6, the fifth annual Flowers for Magdalenes events will take place around the country in all cities and towns where there were Magdalene Laundries.
Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) is calling on members of the public to visit Magdalene graves and lay a flower to honour 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.
Some of the events on Sunday include:
Dublin: Glasnevin Cemetery, 11.30am
Cork: St Joseph’s Graveyard, Tory Top Road, 11.30am
Galway: Bohermore Cemetery, 3pm
Limerick: Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery, 3pm
New Ross: St Stephen’s Cemetery, 2pm
Waterford: Ballygunner Cemetery, adjacent to St Mary’s Church, 2pm
The Guardian posted this documentary, entitled Ireland’s forgotten mixed-race child abuse victims, last Friday.
In it, Rosemary Adaser, who now lives in London, returns to St Joseph’s Industrial School in Kilkenny, where she was abused as a child. It’s the first time she returns to the school in 40 years.
After she became pregnant, at 16, and gave birth, Rosemary’s son was sent to a mother-and-baby home while Rosemary was looked after by foster parents Brian and Mary Rothery.
Readers will note that a Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is under way. The closing date for applications to meet the Confidential Committee in relation to the commission of investigation is Wednesday, March 1.