Main St, Portlaoise.
Six marches converged in Portlaoise where thousands of people gathered to protest the downgrade of the town's hospital
The Portlaoise Hospital Action Group organised the Light for Lives Rally on Saturday, December 2 as part of an ongoing campaign to fight the HSE's Dublin Midlands Hospital Group aim to get the Minister for Health Simon Harris green light the removal of, emergency, maternity, paediatrics, ICU and other services from the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise.
Huge numbers of people marched along the Mountellick, Mountrath, Abbeyleix, Timahoe, Stradbally and Dublin roads arriving on Main Street at around 6pm.
Niall Booth recorded some of the crowd as the marched.