Thursday, 30 August 2018

Home Baby


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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Crime scene un investigated


A message from Izzy Kamikaze




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Children's bodies lie intermingled in a sewage tank beneath the Children's Home at Tuam, where 796 deaths were recorded. 
We are investigating.





 by Andy Newman

Andy Newman has captured some amazing imagery around Tuam

Vigilance at Letterfrack this Friday night

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 is outdoor gathering, it's not a structured event but symbolically represents sitting up with the children who were abandoned in a cold, loveless place. 

We will not forget.
You will need coats and boots etc...
This particular night will be about listening to what needs to be heard and staying vigilant in the true sense of the word.

     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, 28 August 2018

Pilgrimage to the playground - Silent Vigil

Photo by RTE
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The keepers of the playground leading 1,200 people to a brighter future


Bouquet made from Papal mass tickets
Remembering the mothers too

Friday, 24 August 2018

Letter in Support of Tuam Survivors into today's Irish Times

Nice to see some momentum happening

A message from Kimberely Campanello

Letter in support of Tuam survivors, missing and their families. I sent it in on the 14th of Aug, but they must have held it back to coincide with Pope's visit. 
Sir, – We the undersigned writers and artists appeal to the Government to use the full force of its purse and power to undertake a complete excavation, identification where possible, and dignified reburial of the victims of Tuam. We further appeal for the Government to undertake anactive and authentic attempt to identify the many missing individuals who will have been illegally adopted at home and abroad.
In light of significant, possibly criminal, failings at Tuam – of which the lack of burial records for 796 infants and children, the missing bodies of women, the verified existence of “significant quantities” of human remains, and the ongoing testimony of survivors are ample evidence – mere memorialisation is inadequate. Systematic exhumation is necessary to uncover the truth. The Government must use any and all resources (including, as necessary, resources of the Bon Secours Order) to complete a full excavation and identification of all remains on the site as has been consistently requested by Catherine Corless, survivors, and family members of those who lived in the Home. – Yours, etc,


MARY O’DONNELL,
DR AILBHE DARCY,
KIMBERLY
CAMPANELLO,
AIDEEN BARRY,
CARMEL BENSON,
MELONY BETHALA,
DR DYLAN BRENNAN,
MAIRร‰AD BYRNE,
FIร“NA BOLGER,
JUNE CALDWELL,
MARY ROSE
CALLAGHAN,
ANNA CAREY,
EILEEN CASEY,
PAUL CASEY,
SARAH CLANCY,
JANE CLARKE,
PATRICK CHAPMAN,
BRรD CONNOLLY,
SUSAN CONNOLLY,
JUNE CONSIDINE,
BRIGID CORCORAN,
MARION COX,
ENDA COYLE-GREENE,
CATHERINE
ANN CULLEN,
MADELEINE D’ARCY,
MARTINA DEVLIN,
MOYRA DONALDSON,
THEO DORGAN,
CATHERINE DUNNE,
ANNE ENRIGHT,
ATTRACTA FAHY,
TANYA FARRELLY,
ELAINE FEENEY,
KIT FRYATT,
MIA GALLAGHER,
ANTHONY GLAVIN,
SINร‰AD GLEESON,
SHAUNA GILLIGAN,
JACKIE GORMAN,
DYLAN COBURN GRAY,
SARAH MARIA GRIFFIN,
VONA GROARKE,
MARY GUCKIAN,
MAURICE HARMON,
JACK HARTE,
JOANNE HAYDEN,
CLAIRE HENNESSY,
RITA ANN HIGGINS,
ELEANOR HOOKER,
VICTORIA KENNEFICK,
ANATOLY
KUDRYAVITSKY,
DAVE LORDAN,
AIFRIC MAC AODHA,
CATHERINE PHIL
MacCARTHY,
JOHN MacKENNA,
NUALA MACKLIN,
ALICE MAHER
CHRISTODOULOS
MAKRIS,
OANA SANZIANA
MARIAN,
EMER MARTIN,
JOHN McAULIFFE,
FELICITY McCARTAN,
FLISH McCARTHY,
MOLLY McCLOSKEY,
MARIA McMANUS,
DECLAN MEADE,
PAULA MEEHAN,
LIA MILLS,
SINร‰AD MORRISSEY,
PAUL MULDOON,
HELENA MULKERNS,
ANNE MULHALL,
SONYA MULLIGAN,
CHRISTINE MURRAY,
UNA NI CHEALLAIGH,
ANNEMARIE
Nร CHURREรIN,
NUALA NI CHONCHUIR,
DOIREANN Nร GHRรOFA,
EILEEN
Nร SHUILLEABHรIN,
LIZ NUGENT,
JEAN O’BRIEN,
MARGARET O’DONNELL,
JOHN O’DONOVAN,
NESSA O’MAHONY,
GERALDINE O’REILLY,
Dr ROBYN ROWLAND AO,
KARL PARKINSON,
JUSTIN QUINN,
CONNIE ROBERTS,
ANNETTE SKADE,
KELLY E. SULLIVAN,
ANNE TANNAM,
SUSAN TOMASELLI,
JESSICA TRAYNOR,
SAMANTHA WALTON,
DAVID WHEATLEY,
ADAM WYETH.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The power of silence

Silent Vigil.



Congregating at the Town Hall, Tuam from 2pm.
Procession to 'Home Babies' site leaving at 2.30.
Public gathering 3pm at the site during the papal mass.
All welcome
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Pilgrimage to the Playground

Home Babies by Catherine Corless




The playground/'Home Babies' site in Tuam has become a place of pilgrimage for those who want to pay homage to the 800 babies and missing women. As mentioned many times on this blog, Tuam which means Tumulus (burial mound) has become a metaphor for all the horrors that are buried by Church and State and it makes sense that people should want to go there. 
Dark tourism some would call it. 

But what about the guardians of that place?

The small children who play there everyday?


I've been thinking a lot about those little ones since we met them on Saturday 11th August, just wondering what they make of the frequent visitors who come and go to pay their respects to the babies at their playground. Surely they deserve to have a play area which doesn't have 800 skeletal remains beneath the surface and is essentially a CRIME SCENE.
Surely their families deserve better than that.

Children will always play: 
On dumps
Amongst rubble
Near landmines
In refugee camps
In dangerous waters
with anything and everything
some of the parents of the children we met probably even played with the actual skulls of the babies on sticks back in the 70's.

What the hell...?
This situation is abhorrent. Perverse. And WRONG!



If you can't make it to the vigil in Tuam on Sunday, perhaps consider going to one nearby or lighting a candle for the survivors of that horror house.
Don't forget to add a little blessing for the guardians of the playground, those beautiful little children who deserve a playground free of bodies.

Get them out of there!!!



Sunday August 26th
Silent Vigil to remember all the forgotten ones.
Congregating at the Town Hall, Tuam from 2pm.
Procession to 'Home Babies' site leaving at 2.30pm.
Public gathering @3pm at the site during the Papal Mass at Phoenix Park.
All welcome. #standfortruth  




Many people are travelling from all over Ireland and the UK to walk in solidarity and truth to the 'Home Babies' site in Tuam, thereby acknowledging the horrific abuses carried out by Church and State. 
Please join us @AnnetteMckay15


Glenamaddy Workhouse

Hobnail Boots unknown


Back in January a friend of mine invited me to visit her home place of Glenamaddy.
 Delighted to get a tour by someone who loves the town, I leapt at the chance.
January's an interesting time to visit anywhere as there's a pensiveness in the air and all life is paired back to its skeletal state. You get the truth of things. 
A pretty little town, Glenamaddy's a fine example of a rural place that's still got the feeling of 'old Ireland' without the bling to tell you it does. Surrounded by lakes and trees, it's somewhere I'd like to return to now the summer's at an end to see what's shifted.


Little by little, over the course of the day as we visited all the lovely nooks and crannies of Glenamaddy, I found my life force diminishing bit by bit and the feeling of grief encapsulated the lens through which I was viewing things. On hilltops looking down at beautiful lakes, enjoying the lovely chat, I became more melancholy and a driving pain began penetrating my forehead. Trying to shake it off and be present with my host became difficult and by the time we finally reached the old workhouse, I was engulfed with sadness and quite faint. 
Standing at the edge of the lake nearby, I had to resist the temptation to jump in. I don't like to swim in cold waters, ever, yet I felt a tremendous pull from the water. Many 'inmates' probably ended their life there. Noticing I was uneasy, my friend suggested we leave and soon we were back at her house drinking sweet tea. 


Photo Sadie Cramer
I was quite ill for several days following that visit and have often wondered what it was all about. I get the experience of overwhelming grief creeping up from the ground into my body sometimes, so I know it's not my own. 

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Last Sunday I got a call from my father who began to tell me for the first time, that my Grandmother whom I adored and her siblings were put into a workhouse when her widowed mother became destitute. One of my aunts died during her time there. 

Apart from the obvious reasons, I've finally found out why this subject matter has gripped me so forcibly for so long. The last few days have been shattering as I loved my nan deeply and often feel her comforting presence around me. 


Only time can tell what the TRUTH of this situation is. This is the bare bones of it as it is known now but as someone told me during the week: 
'We're all a collection of shattered hearts really.'

We are. 
But somehow by sharing our hurts and supporting each other, we can help heal the pain that separates us rather than unites us ๐Ÿ’š

Please join us in Tuam on Sunday:

We are gathering at 2pm outside Tuam Town Hall, at 2:30pm we will walk unitedly down the 30min route to the former site of the Tuam Mother & Baby home. We will start proceedings at 3pm which will coincide with Pope Francis saying mass in Dublin. We will be asking volunteers to read the #796 names and ages individual. We respectfully invite supporters to bring baby and toddler shoes, which will be left at the site in remembrance of the children, After thanking visitors we will then peacefully disperse.  @AnnetteMckay15




Thursday, 16 August 2018

Silent Vigil during the Papal Mass Tuam


Sunday August 26th
Silent Vigil to remember all the forgotten ones.
Congregating at the Town Hall, Tuam from 2pm.
Procession to 'Home Babies' site leaving at 2.30pm.
Public gathering @3pm at the site during the Papal Mass at Phoenix Park.
All welcome. #standfortruth  



The magnificent Catherine Corless will be with us, the babies have no finer guardian angel @AnnetteMckay15



Many people are travelling from all over Ireland and the UK to walk in solidarity and truth to the 'Home Babies' site in Tuam, thereby acknowledging the horrific abuses carried out by Church and State. 
Please join us @AnnetteMckay15



Monday, 13 August 2018

Amazing collaboration by 796 flemish mothers

A message fro                             m Fintan Dunne on FaceBook


ART IMITATES LIFE IN 'TUAM BABIES' SCULPTURE





The sculpture by Martine Sterck comprises 796 tiny replica babies made by 796 Flemish mothers. This  touching tribute to the Tuam Babies was brought by Sarah Ironside from Brussels
and presented to Catherine Corless in Tuam. 







A big thank you to Martine and Sarah and all those who took part in this very striking memorial to the Tuam Babies. You have communicated the reality which the Irish State and Church to this day still do not want to face. You have empowered the battle for justice and helped heal the hearts of those affected. Thank you. Fintan Dunne



Catherine Corless receives the Sculpture


Saturday, 11 August 2018

Sacred Tobacco Ceremony Tuam Playground


Erika Gagnon


Last year we were all privileged to meet the wonderful  
Erika Gagnon Ceremonial leader who conducts sacred tobacco ceremonies all over the world. 

Yesterday she arrived back from America to continue her beautiful work in Ireland. On the spur of the moment, we heard she was passing through Galway and a few of us arranged to meet her this morning. After several minutes Erika felt a tremendous pull to visit Tuam, so six of us piled into a van and headed over to the 'Home Babies' site. 
Today is August 11th, we met at 11 o'clock on a partial solar eclipse. 
Very powerful.
Just two days ago, two women had placed sheets with the names of all the babies who'd died at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home up on the railings and a bunch of small children (about 8 of them) were all playing underneath them when 
we arrived today. Like prayer flags blowing in the wind, the sheets became little tents for the children who became naturally curious as we began reading out some of the names, so Erika included them in the ceremony and gave them little tasks to do.

Bit by bit we were joined by more and more children as Erika blew the sacred smoke all over the site and in through the railings, blowing the horrors away, as we all said little prayers for healing.

A deeply moving and rich experience made very special by the children (the guardians of the place) who were so gorgeous and loved being part of it. 

As we moved through the ceremony, I felt an overwhelming sense of deep sorrow (not mine) that stayed all day but eventually dispersed by the evening. It's the overriding emotion that surfaces when connecting with this subject matter. There are many complex layers of unexpressed grief held in the people and the land which simply need to come up for acknowledgement and release. 
As the smoke wafted through the still morning air, many blessings were uttered for the families involved, the survivors and their plight for truth as well for the release of their records, the ancestors, the residents, the townspeople and so the list went on and on as Erika acknowledged everyone involved whilst the sacred incense spiralled upwards lifting our prayers with it.

Just as we finished a massive flock of swallows flew playfully across the playground; all sorts of big black birds are usually present at the site but the swallows were really magical as were the little children with their dolls who knew all about the babies and kept running across to their gardens to get flowers๐Ÿ’• Xx 
Just beautiful.



Thanks to Erika for honouring the people and this place and her help in supporting our prayers. 
๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•The deepest respect to our child helpers too Xx๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’—

What a beautiful gift to us all.
Erika is from Canada and has also done some art works on the horrors of the Duplessis Orphans her ceremonial work now links in Tuam.

Erika will conduct a ceremony on the hill of Uisneach tonight



Erika Gagnon is an artist and ceremonial leader 


Biography
Erika Gagnon is a Ceremonial leader of mixed ancestry who was born in Montreal, Canada. For 22 years she has walked the Red Path with love, dignity and honor, eighteen of those with the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan. This has allowed her to receive the healing, teachings and direct instructions from its chiefs, and the sacred altars of the sweat lodge / temazcal, chanunpa (sacred pipe), vision quest, Sun Dance and the Danza de los Espiritus.  

Honoured to be asked to return to Ireland for healing talks & ceremonies - dates below - for more information contact DeirdreHannon@hotmail.com

August 10th - 21st
10th Aug DUBLIN
11th Aug UISNEACH 
12th Aug BELFAST, N. Ireland
14th Aug SLIGO
15th Aug Clonmacnoise
18th Aug KINSALE, CORK
19th Aug WEXFORD
For all inquiries for contact:
R & R Therapies.

Deirdre 087 4157541
deirdrehannon@hotmail.com


Friday, 10 August 2018

Silent Vigil - Tuam Sunday 26th August

A message from Annette McKay 



Meeting at Tuam Town Hall from 2pm to walk to the 'Home Babies' site. Leaving at 2.30pm.

Please bring a pair of baby shoes on the day

Annette McKay - Twitter @AnnetteMckay15


My mothers first place of incarceration,

Lenaboy, Galway. School inspector describes the girls as ‘cowed, dirty, emaciated and frightened’ Girls are starving and two thirds have scabies, girls have bruises. Second place of incarceration. Tuam M&B Home.
Following a rape. Her baby dies at six months while my mother was held in a third place of incarceration. St Bridget’s in Loughrea. My mother thrown out the day her baby died. My mother was eighteen years old. My mothers child lies in a septic tank.

Can I ask that if you are coming to the vigil in Tuam on 26th of August, will you bring a pair of baby shoes, nothing fancy, to represent the children who never got the chance to wear shoes. 
These are for my sister Mary Margaret, dead at 6 months.






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