Wave of Light: How Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is being marked across Ireland tonight 1 week ago

Wave of Light: How Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is being marked across Ireland tonight

This evening, on October 15th, landmark buildings across the globe will light up as part of an international ‘Wave of Light’ marking the end of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Week.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, grieving families will be prevented from gathering in person to mark the occasion this year, but are instead being asked to light a candle in their window, or share images of how buidlings in their local communities are lighting up and marking the day.

The idea of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Week and 'Wave of Light' is, of course, to create conversations about baby loss, providing an opportunity to bereaved parents and families to talk about their precious babies.

Here in Ireland, Féileacáin, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland, say they are hoping to have more of an online presence this year for #feileacainwaveoflight.

On their Facebook page, they write:

"Please share any photos of buildings lighting up near you or candles lighting using this hashtag and we will know that although we cannot meet in person this year, we are not alone. We hope everyone can feel all the love and support for all our precious babies."

As buildings across the globe will be bathed in blue and pink light this evening, here is a list of the buildings, monuments, and landmarks across Ireland that will light up tonight as families gather to remember, share and grieve together:

Aras Chill Dara (2 trees)

Arklow Bridge (Pink)

Arklow Courthouse (Blue)

Askeaton Tourist Office Limerick

Athenry Heritage Centre Galway

Axa Insurance Ireland HQ Dublin

Bank of Ireland College Green Dublin

Blackrock Castle Cork (Purple)

Boyne Valley Foods Drogheda

Bremore Castle Balbriggan

Carrickmacross Civic Offices Monaghan

Carmichael Centre Smithfield

Castletown House Kildare

Cavan General Hospital

Coombe Hospital Dublin

Cork County Council

Cork City Hall

Dublin Bus Head Office

Dublin City Council Civic Offices

Dublin City Hall

Portico of Leinster House

DCU College

Galway County Council

Galway City Hall

Galway University Hospital

Heuston Station Dublin

Holles Street Maternity Hospital

Irish Life Dublin

Kerry County Council Corporate Buildings

Kilkenny County Council Offices

Letterkenny General Hospital Donegal

Longford Town Hall

Louth County Council

Liberty Hall Dublin

Limerick City and County Offices

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Blanchardstown

Market House Monaghan Town

Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar

Mullingar Arts Centre

Newbridge Town Hall

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

Rock of Cashel (Purple)

Rotunda Hospital Dublin

St Laurence Hotel Illumination Navan

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre Dublin

Strand Hotel Limerick

Swords Castle Co Dublin

The Four Courts Dublin

The George Hotel Limerick

The Mall Waterford (2 buildings, 1 blue and 1 pink)

The Mansion House Dublin (Purple)

Ulster Bank Dublin

Waterwipes Ireland Drogheda

*Westport House Mayo

Wexford County Council

Candle Lighting Wave of Light Locations (All 7PM – please ask any questions):

Cork: The Kingsley (Cork Support Meeting will be marking Babyloss Awareness Day)

Dublin: City Hall

Galway: Marina Ballinasloe

Garda Headquarters Galway

Limerick: The Pier Hotel, Sarsfield Street

Longford: The Mall

Louth: Heritage Centre, Carlingford