Thursday, 19 April 2018

BOG COTTON (Michael Longley) ·

BOG COTTON (Michael Longley) ·

Let me make room for bog cotton, a desert flower -
Keith Douglas, I nearly repeat what you were saying
When you apostrophised the poppies of Flanders
And the death of poetry there: that was in Egypt
Among the sandy soldiers of another war.

(It hangs on by a thread, denser than thistledown,
Reluctant to fly, a weather vane that traces
The flow of cloud shadow over monotonous bog -
And useless too, though it might well bring to mind
The plumpness of pillows, the staunching of wounds,

Rags torn from a petticoat and soaked in water
And tied to the bushes around some holy well
As though to make a hospital of the landscape -
Cures and medicines as far as the horizon
Which nobody harvests except with the eye.)

You saw that beyond the thirstier desert flowers
There fell hundreds of thousands of poppy petals
Magnified to blood stains by the middle distance
Or through the still unfocused sights of a rifle —
And Isaac Rosenberg wore one behind his ear.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Hugely positive Morning Ireland podcast

This is so positive !  The Government cannot refuse or dismiss this contribution by our own Experts available in our own Universities.

Please listen to podcast on Morning Ireland 13/4/2018

Hundreds of babies buried in a mass grave in a former religious-run mother and babies home in Tuam can be identified due to advances in DNA testing, a team of scientists have said.
A team of four from University College Dublin and Trinity College have challenged the findings on an expert group set up by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, which previously concluded that identification of the remains would be difficult.
The Government-commissioned report by the expert technical group (ETG) said the exhumation and identification of the remains held in the underground chamber and adjoining septic tank would be difficult because remains are ‘commingled’.
However, Dr Stephen Donoghue of the UCD-TCD team, who are all experts in genomics,  told RTE’s Morning Ireland that advances in genomic technology ‘should allow for the identification of the remains at Tuam’.
Donoghue said: ‘There were a number of problems identified by the Expert Technical report…including the quality of the DNA and the commingling of skeletal remains and the cost associated with carrying out DNA analysis.’
Donoghue said the team felt the expert technical group report was ‘overly pessimistic and quite circumspect’, he explained: ‘We felt that report was viewed through the prism of a technology that is around 20 years old, called short tandem repeat DNA profiling
The team, which consists of Professor David MacHugh, Dr Jens Carlsson and Dr Stephen Donoghue — from UCD, and Trinity College’s Professor Dan Bradley, feel that a more advanced technology will allow for better identification of ‘poor quality DNA’.
Donoghue continued: ‘And these essentially allow for whole genome analysis of poor quality DNA and so really we’re saying that the remains should be identifiable at Tuam.’
In March 2017, the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation confirmed the discovery of juvenile human remains in ‘significant quantities’ in the chambers at the former home run by Bon Secours nuns.
Between 1925 and 1960, 796 children died at the Tuam mother and baby home.