A large group of people gathered at Our Lady’s Grotto in the Brandywell this week to commemorate children who have passed away .
The event was held on Tuesday night and a tree was planted at the site in memory of all the children and young people from the area who have died.
Relatives of those young people joined others who had turned out in prayers led by Deacon Malachy Gallagher from St Eugene’s Cathedral.
Some of those gathered also placed candles at the site , while a saplings donated by the Woodland Trust for the occasion was also planted within the grounds.
Sinn Féin Councillor for the Brandywell area Patricia Logue had been involved in organising the event and was among those in attendance on Tuesday event.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony on Tuesday, she said: “This is a very poignant time of the year for anyone who has lost a loved one, particularly a child.
“I approached the local Grotto committee with the proposal to plant a tree at the Grotto in dedication to all the children and young people from the area who have sadly passed away.
“I was very pleased that they supported the idea.
“I in turn contacted the Woodland Trust with the idea and they very kindly agreed to donate a tree for this ceremony.”
The ceremony was followed by a carol service at the Gasyard Centre on Tuesday evening.
The Brandywell grotto was built around 1945, just after the Second World War in thanksgiving that Derry suffered little during the war
Trees were brought from Banagher Dam in the Dungiven area to be planted at the site.
The grotto, which was refurbished several years ago, has become over the decades a place of pilgrimage and a place of sanctuary and reflection for local people.
Open air religious services are also sometimes celebrated there.