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Ray of light Iconic landmarks will light up to honour Mother and Baby Home survivors on St Brigid's Day

The event is taking place over the weekend of Brigid’s Day as part of an initiative to make the day a national holiday.

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A spectacular light show is to be displayed at various locations throughout Ireland this weekend to honour women including those who suffered in the Mother and Baby Homes. 

The Herstory Light Show will see iconic landmarks such as Athlone Castle, Kildare Cathedral, Birr Castle and Sean Ross Abbey lit up in beautiful illuminations on Sunday, January 31 and on St Brigid’s Day, Monday, February 1.

As well as paying tribute to the Mother and Baby Homes survivors and victims, the light show acknowledges Covid-19 heroines and heroes, Black Lives Matter, and Brigids of the World.

It is taking place over the weekend of Brigid’s Day as part of an initiative to make the day a national holiday.

The show will feature portraits of the survivors by photographer Karen Morgan, powerful haiku poetry by Laura Murphy, and thought-provoking art from the Stay with Me Show curated by activist Rachael Keogh and journalist Alison O’ Reilly.

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Mother and child

Mother and child

Mother and child

A specially commissioned photographic series created by photographer Myriam Riand and conceptual artist Áine O’ Brien “reclaims and reimagines the mother archetype that has been historically dictated and defined by Church and State."

“Women's achievements and struggles have been lost in the shadows for too long, resulting in global inequality and a regression of women's rights,” Melanie Lynch, founder of Herstory said.

“That's why Herstory is harnessing the alchemical power of light, to celebrate women and equality, spotlight inequality, and create visions for a world of equals.”

The Herstory Light Show also features a special tribute to the heroines and heroes of the pandemic.

This includes the women and men who have battled the virus and the everyday heroes who have played a role in these challenging times including domestic violence services, teachers, farmers, shopkeepers, cleaners, bus-drivers, journalists, nurses, doctors, and others.

It will take place at Athlone Castle, Kildare Cathedral, Birr Castle, Sean Ross Abbey, and Tuam Mother & Baby Home on Sunday, January 31 and Monday, February (Brigid’s Day).

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