Thursday, 13 October 2016

Tuam Spirit Babies - Tuam Babies Family Group

Tuam is just one of many Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes and Magdalene Homes where women and children were incarcerated and denied their rights under the laws of this state. A new group has been formed United Survivors and there will be an official launch on the 04th November 2016. We the Tuam Babies Family Group are affiliate members and we would urge others to unite with us. They have the support of several M.E.P'S, T.D's and Counselors and their Patron is Gus O'Connell  Mayor of South Dublin. They are all inclusive and welcome all. Statement by a member. or contact the group on 089-4573234.  

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Tuam Spirit Babies - Pauline Cunningham

Life, Love, Live Life.
Here's one of the latest pieces for our Tuam Spirit Babies exhibition by Pauline Cunningham. 

If you've ever met Pauline you'll agree she has one of the biggest hearts of anyone you're ever likely meet. She has a very chilled, loving presence, so when she volunteered to be part of the 'From the Heart' days (there were three) at the Tuam Shopping Mall, it was completely right to have her on board. She has an amazing facility to cut through the bullshit and get to the heart of something without causing damage as she goes. Very interesting that the piece she did encapsulates herself. A lovely woman with a strong plant growing from her heart centre executed on handmade paper and framed beautifully.

Pauline connected very strongly to how the mothers were treated in the 'home,' so her overall image is about them. 

The back of the frame has a thick piece of sacking with which to hang the work and that, in itself, conveys more than I need to write.

Many thanks to Pauline for giving her time 
(three Saturdays in Tuam) and of course the time and effort gone into creating such a lovely contribution to our show.#Tuamspiritbabies

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tuam Spirit Babies - Tuam Mother and Baby Home CandleLight Vigil

Meeting at the playground

A Candlelight vigil in memory of the inhabitants of the Tuam Bon Secours, Mother and Baby Home will take place on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 (All Soul’s Day) @7pm.
The general public are invited to assemble at the ‘Home Babies Burial Grounds’(the playground) at Dublin Road Housing Estate in Tuam from where there will be a memorial march to the Town Square following the well trodden path of the ‘Home Children.’
As a direct result of the dedicated, campaigning work of Catherine Corless, a preliminary excavation of the site was announced on Friday 31st September. Through her work as a local historian/researcher, Catherine Corless discovered that approx. 800 mothers and babies remains are unaccounted for. Whilst their deaths are recorded, there’s no evidence of their burials and according to eye-witness accounts, it is suspected that the remains are in a mass grave at the site.

Overwhelmed by the story, earlier this year, artist Sadie Cramer embarked on a National Art Project entitled: ‘Tuam Spirit Babies’ She invited the general public to contribute to an exhibition and as a result, in both Tuam and further a field, with survivors and various parties,
discovered the urgent need for a public ritual. Of the hundreds of people who expressed an opinion, the overwhelming desire was for a vigil to take place in Tuam itself.
Not only is the vigil a memorial for the deceased but it is a manifestation of support for the ‘Survivors’, in their quest for justice and recognition; be it the abuses suffered at the ’home’ or their ill treatment when eventually fostered and also their difficulties in accessing their own birth and medical records
and the broader questions surrounding illegal adoptions and vaccination trials.
Following the procession the ‘Tuam Spirit Babies’ exhibition will be launched at the Town Hall which will run until November 16th.

There will be some guest speakers and the evening will culminate in the proposed screening of a film shot in Tuam.

A premiere of the film ‘Children of Shame’ – (To be confirmed)
A 52-minute documentary by Saskia Weber and Nicolas Glimois which was shown on France 2, a French public channel and has yet to be aired in Ireland will be screened pending permission at 8pm on the 2nd floor of the Town Hall.
This film traces the journey of unmarried mothers and missing children. We meet John Rogers, one of the tens of thousands of ill-fated children born in ultra-catholic twentieth century Ireland, a child of shame, guilty of having being born out of the sacred born of matrimony. His mother, like many other young women, spent her life paying the price for giving birth to an illegitimate child, who was torn from her arms shortly after birth. This documentary investigates Ireland’s painful recent history to give the ’children of shame’ a voice. Java Films

Earlier on the same day a remembrance will take place at the summit of Knockma at 11am.

For further information find Tuam Spirit Babies on Facebook. 
Catherine Corless - 085 159 3057 
Sadie Cramer - 087 2940458    #Tuamspiritbabies

Monday, 10 October 2016

Tuam Spirit Babies – A National Art Project

There's been fantastic support for our project Tuam Spirit Babies it has a life-force of it's own. A reminder that our exhibition in Tuam will be launching on November 2nd ( All Soul's Day.) There's still time to make a keepsake for all babies lost. Please watch the video for instructions and don't miss the opportunity to be part of it all.#Tuamspiritbabies. There are many ways to get involved. More information to follow soon. Sadie Xx

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Tuam Spirit Babies - Motion

The wheels are in motion, we're off!!! 
This project is taking on a life force of it's own and it's moving at a rapid rate. It's almost hard to catch my breath somedays...As mentioned before, the many daily occurrences, synchronicities and overlaps are astounding.

When our old car died, I asked that another car magically appear. It did. I believe in magick. Rurai O'Byrne (Feature walls artist - his work's on an earlier post) told me that his dad's car has been sitting in his driveway for the past three years because he has Alzheimer's :-( Did we want it? Yes. 
We accepted it without question because sometimes we need to be in that 'heart space' of acceptance. It's turned out to be an absolute gift, not only is it immaculate inside and out (even though it's a 2004- it was minded) it's also very comfortable and luxurious and it arrived in perfect time. 
Blessings and huge thanks to Rurai Xx

We've had it for over a week now and we're thrilled with it.

Yesterday on my way to Cellbridge library, the car was cruising along nicely but then as it neared Athlone, I felt the tyre blow, accompanied by the smell of burning rubber and and a cloud of white smoke, the speed dropped dramatically and the whole car started to judder. I could feel the steering wheel hopping in my hands. Very scary.  Luckily, I was right near the slip road for the Applegreen service station where I managed to swerve in. It was only 7.30am, so I was lucky for a number of different reasons: the place wasn't too busy, I didn't crash into anyone else and the lovely Jonathan was available to help me calm down and assisted a very smooth wheel change. He did however, tell me it's a wonder I wasn't killed as the tyre had blown in three places. I'm being minded.

I wasn't hurt and neither was I mildly injured, just shook and pretty much stayed shook until I finally got home and into bed. 

Just before I reached our house, I parked at the pier to just take a moment's breather and soak up the calm of the lake, it looked particularly serene yesterday and whilst doing so a crazy little wagtail kept flying around the car, tapping each window and the roof as it went. It encircled the car about six times at which stage the charm of it was beginning to wear off and I was beginning to get a bit freaked. 
What the hell...?

On reflection, yesterday's incident wasn't about the car (although we've since bought a whole new set of tyres.) We have to be practical, but mostly about the concept of motion and the need to embrace the unexpected. As stated, this project has a sense of motion about it, it's changing rapidly daily and so many different view points, people and ideas have to be taken into consideration during the process. It's a big undertaking.
All we can do is embrace things as they unfold and try and 
facilitate everyone with a sense of cheer. 
I'm really enjoying the winged messengers in the midst of it all. 
Lots of love Xx

Wagtail offering reflection
Wagtail. Motion. 

Message- move forward, no matter how slow, steady or uncertain. Have the strength to push forward against the odds. Dedicated effort, time management. Cheerfulness, sociabilty, friendly. Balance within to move from one thing to another. 
You can't make this stuff up Xx