A lantern is being carried some 50km in a relay today from Mayo to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site.

People across Mayo and North Galway will help carry and pass on the symbolic light from Islandeady to Tuam throughout the day.

The event has been organised as a way to remember the mothers and babies of the home.

Starting in Islandeady, each person is staying within their 5km restrictions and passing a lantern to the next person along the way.

The relay will finish in Tuam, where the Lantern will be left at the Tuam Babies of Remembrance site in memory of the 796 babies and infants who lost their lives, as well as their mothers and survivors.

The Lantern left from Jack's Old Cottage at 8am this morning.

The route takes it towards the Newport Rd, onto the Greenway, through the cemetery, onwards to Lough Lannagh, around by the Mall, Spencer Street, Breaffy Road, Breaffy, Manulla, Claremorris, Ballindine, Milltown and finally arriving in Tuam.

The walk is being organised by Valerie Jennings, Deirdre Moylette and their friends in a show of solidarity during Remembrance Week.

Seosamh O’Maolchroin a former resident of Tuam Mother and Baby Home reads the names of children left in an unmarked grave in the grounds of the home, at the start of a 50km candlelight walk from Jack’s Cottage Islandeady to Tuam this morning.


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