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Stand for Truth Rally to be held in Dundalk to coincide with Pope’s visit to Ireland this Sunday

Stand for Truth Rally to be held in Dundalk to coincide with Pope’s visit to Ireland this Sunday
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An event in solidarity with victims of clerical abuse will take place in Dundalk this Sunday.

The Stand for Truth Rally, which is also taking place at other locations around the country, has been organised to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.

While he is in the Phoenix Park the rallies will take place around the country to commemorate all who were impacted by the actions of the Catholic Church down through the years.

In particular the event is being held for the mothers and children who were forced into laundries, as well as for abuse victims who were forced to stay silent for so long.

The local rally will take place at Dundalk Courthouse at 3pm on Sunday.

The main rally is in the Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square.

Organisers say it is for anyone who has “been harmed or abused by the Roman Catholic Church or who wishes to stand in solidarity with those harmed by its actions”.

The Dublin event will include performances from Hozier, Mary Black, Roisin O from Thanks Brother and Liam Ó Maonlaí. There will also be spoken word performances by theatre director Grace Dyas, poet Sarah Clancy and executive director of Amnesty, Colm O’Gorman.

Those gathered will then walk silently to the site of a former Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street. They will be able to leave messages of support there, the focus of which will be a commissioned art piece by artist Will St Leger.

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