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"A Candle for You" Sr. Marie Dunne Composes Song for Missing Persons' Day

Yesterday, saw the launch of the first national missing persons’ day at Farmleigh by the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter. More than 100 family members and friends of Irish missing persons were present for the launch. 

Sr.  Marie Dunne, composer and music director, composed the song “A Candle for You” to remember the people who have gone missing. The theme of the song was inspired by Alice Cairns, mother of missing boy Philip who went missing in 1986. Alice said it was lighting a candle often for Philip that has given her the strength to face this pain experienced by her and so many.  The song is recorded by Irish soprano, Celine Byrne and was sung yesterday at the launch

As acknowledged when initially composed in 2012, Proceeds from this song (both on iTunes and on CD) will go to

Missing in Ireland Support Service (MISS)

Setting aside an annual national day for missing persons is the result of lobbying by a group of students from Davis College in Mallow, who lobbied politicians and compiled a petition for the introduction of a day to remember those who have gone missing.  They won the “Young Social Innovators of the Year” award for this initiative.

The national missing persons’ monument in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle



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