St. Michael’s Cemetery, Athy, Co. Kildare

In April 2009, The Miscarriage Association of Ireland placed our fourth Memorial Stone, our first outside Dublin, in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Athy. This stone was dedicated by Fr. Joe McDonald and Fr. Seery following the Cemetery Mass on Wednesday 17th June 2009.
As representatives of The Miscarriage Association of Ireland Marie, Yvonne and I arrived in St. Michael’s Cemetery at 8pm, just before the Mass was about to start. There was quite a large number of people, all there to remember and pay tribute to the people interred there, very special people in their lives. The altar was placed just in front of Our Lady's Grotto, at the base of which stood our Memorial Stone. Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Joe McDonald, and Fr. Seery.
After Mass was the dedication of the Memorial Stone, which reads



Behold, I have carved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:16).
In memory of our precious little babies, who never got the opportunity to share our lives with us, but will live in our hearts forever.
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20).
Erected by the Miscarriage Association of Ireland 2009.

The dedication was a very moving experience as it highlighted awareness and gave significance to all those little lives, who perhaps had previously been unacknowledged. It is quite emotional to come in contact with people who have had the sad experience of miscarriage and who may not ever have had the opportunity to acknowledge the loss of their baby. The resting place of this Memorial Stone is very fitting and if anybody happens to be in the area of St. Michael’s Cemetery, it is well worth a visit.
We are very grateful to Karen Carolan from Athy for making the first phone call and wasting no time in keeping up the momentum to see it through to placement and this very special day of dedication. Karen herself collected the Memorial Stone from the stone works in Glasnevin in Dublin and brought it to St. Michael’s Cemetery in her car. Her phonecall to us and all her hard work has made such a positive difference to so may people.
We would also like to thank Paul Lawlor, from St. Michael's too for his part in bringing this to fruition, Fr. Joe McDonald, Fr. Seery and Patricia Kelly. All involved should be very proud of this very special Stone in memory of all the little ones who never got an opportunity to share our lives with us but will live on in our hearts forever.



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