Monday, 30 July 2018

All Night Vigil Letterfrack Friday August 31st

Between 1887 and 1974, 2,819 boys went through St Joseph's Industrial School Letterfrack in Connemara. 147 children died whilst living there, mostly of severe abuse and neglect. 
This all night vigil will pay homage to those who died and survived. 

     Letterfrack Man by Connie Roberts
      One day I will go to Hampstead heath
      to read his postscript, written in
      oily black ash that Friday in April.
      In that hollowed ground
      where they found him,
      his last meal, 
 a pint and a take-away,
 burnt offerings,
 his overcoat melted to the bone,
 I will stand a long time;
 weep that it took so long for his
 match to spark a revolution.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018


Question: Why did Galway County council build the Dublin Road housing estate where it is?

Display and items collected by Denise Gormley from the people of Tuam
A few months ago a survey was conducted to consider what should be done about the former Mother and Baby Home site in Tuam Co.Galway. 

These are the results:
In publishing the report the Minister said:

“Subsequent to the publication of the Expert Technical Group’s (ETG) Report on the Tuam site last December, I asked Galway County Council to facilitate an independent public consultation process in relation to the five possible options presented in their report. The structured consultation process provided a valuable opportunity for the public to more fully engage with this complex technical document and to express their views on the identified options. The report clearly demonstrates the range of expectations, preference and concerns among various stakeholders and the wider community. It is important that we recognise and respect this divergence of sincerely held views”.

Galway County Council received 799 written submissions and hosted a number of facilitated meetings with stakeholders. This high level of engagement is an endorsement of the value and necessity of this process as a key element in our deliberative process. An analysis of the submissions to the consultation found that two options that were clearly favoured by those who made submissions.

Firstly, local residents largely advocated for memorialisation and non-disturbance of the remains. Former residents of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, along with relatives of former residents, expressed a preference for full forensic excavation of the site along with DNA analysis.

Preferences from members of the general public were almost equally divided between memorialisation alone and some form of forensic excavation and DNA analysis, with the majority in the latter group favouring the most extensive intervention."

At this time, I feel the current narrative is divisive, designed to pit the residents of the Dublin Road Housing Estate against those who have a family member in the chambers. 
This process lacks transparency. 

Missing from the dialogue are the RELIGIOUS ORDERS and the North Galway Coroner Dr.Val Costelloe (a very busy GP) who have all remained silent during this process.

When are we going to hear from them?
Why isn't this horrific scenario being dealt with by the European Supreme Court?

It was interesting to hear people speak their truth at the Ard Ri Hotel Co.Galway last night with overwhelming support from the floor for the excavation of remains. 

And questions raised such as: 
Should this issue be with the department of Justice instead?

The media wasn't permitted in the room during the public consultation but there were a few publicity shots with Minister Zappone. 
If you'd like to see some good comprehensive coverage here's IzzyKamikaze who tweeted a live stream during the meeting. 

See also Adrienne Corless (daughter of Catherine Corless) excellent blogpost entitled its-time-to-excavate-at-at-tuam-now

Tuam Mother and Baby Home is a crime scene. 
Women and children are missing and dead.
This charade has gone on long enough.
This Government needs to do what's right and E-X-C-A-V-A-T-E

Saturday, 21 July 2018

The future has an ancient heart - Carlo Levi

The night before heading off to the Hill of Uisneach (the sacred heart of Ireland) a badger ran out in front of the car and stayed there for many minutes. I've seen my fair share of road kill and my sister swears by badger burgers on the barbie but this was my first sighting of a live one. We live in the depths of the countryside and I'm a country gal, so I've always half expected to see one in the flesh, it's so good to have finally encountered this furry fellow.

Photo by Dick Ahlstrom

Interestingly enough, badgers represent the 'warrior spirit;' sporrans were made from badger pelt and many native Americans would the don the skins to take on the fire of the warrior. Sometimes a badger tooth would adorn the ears for the same reasons or it would be in the pockets of gamblers for good luck. A badger will clamp down on a limb until it hears a bone snap (so the farmers say) so grab a twig and break it should you have the bad luck to encounter one in this way. It should fool him. Badgers were also regarded as the story keepers by ancient peoples and is a beautiful tribute to that side of its character too.

I like one interpretation which tells of walking our own path at our pace and
to trust in our abilities and personal toolkit ignoring what others might say. Digging for the truth is another and so the list goes on...but the overall message is one of PERSISTENCE.

Celtic Sun God Lugh
I thought I was done with this blog post (written yesterday) until I took a card from Doreen Virtue's Ascended Masters oracle this morning. 

The card I drew was PERSISTENCE with the sun God Lugh as the muse. I nearly fell through the floor. The Universe is shouting very loud and clear at the moment, what with the numerological energy of 20/20 on Friday - 20/20 vision and clarity being the energy of the day. 

Ascended Masters Oracle cards by Doreen Virtue
"Through persistent action and positive thinking, your dreams are manifesting into form (in numerology this is also the symbology of 2's and 1's in combination with each other - today is Sunday July 22nd) This is a time for you to stay persistent. Give any discouragement to Lugh and the angels, who will buoy your faith and give you signs of your progress. You're almost there, so keep going. It may help to break large projects into smaller steps so that you'll feel the thrill of accomplishment with each step that you take. Persistence pays off. Stick with it.

Additional meanings 
Overcome procrastination tendencies and take action today
Stick to your priorities and promises
Chip away at your dreams and desires with daily action steps
Stay positive and visualise your dreams as already manifested
Commit to your dreams for the long haul

Lugh is a celtic sun god of harvest time whose name means 'the shining one' His Celtic festival called Lughnasa, is celebrated worldwide at the end of every summer. Legend says that Lugh was renowned as a master of many crafts including art, poetry and healing. Call upon Lugh to help with mastering anything you're learning, a swell as for enjoying bountiful harvests of abundance." Doreen Virtue

Sacred Hawthorn 

The navel of Ireland

The Catstone
The most famous feature on Uisneach is undoubtedly Ail na Mireann (the stone of divisions), known as The Catstone. It is also known as Umbilicus Hinerniae, Axis Mundi and the navel of Ireland. This huge glacial erratic symbolises Ireland, united in its divisions and it marks the centre of Ireland where the provinces came together. It is underneath this stone that Éiru, after whom the country is named, was laid to rest.

I didn't know much about Uisneach before we left, other than a pull from my heart centre to visit it without too many pre-conceived ideas. It really is a powerful place and I urge you to go and experience it. You won't be disappointed. It's only a week since we were there but it's stirred something deep within, all week I've been dreaming about flaming battles and hearing other worldly tunes in my head. The place of Goddesss Eiru (the Irish name for Ireland) the power of Uisneach is undeniable and the legends you'll hear from Marty Mulligan (storyteller extraordinaire) will fire up your synapses.

Nuff said.
Go see for yourself and connect to the ancient heart. 

The future has an ancient heart - Bog turf with clinging bog cotton 

A bone dry lake

Goddess Eiru