Saturday, 2 October 2021

Friday, 20 August 2021

Swords of light - Babies Site - Tuam

796 little crosses, made and decorated by schools in Osnabruck Germany under the guidance of John McGurk, he himself a Survivor, were laid at the Home babies site by John and his travelling companions, to honour the babies, and as a message to the Government for immediate exhumation.

John McGurk

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Mother and Baby Home report


This is my initial response to the Mother and Baby Home report released yesterday.

The document is almost 3,000 pages long and is a dense read. 
It willl take time to digest. 


The testimony is scant, why were only a few lines of testimony taken from people? The overall tone has whitewashed the entire experience of mothers and the children who ended up within these institutions.


The Government has had the report since October.
They've been able to liase with the religious orders and media and put out their own spin on the whole thing.
Despite promises that the survivors would be first in line to receive the document, nobody got a full hard copy and it's only available on line.
I doubt any audio vesions are available. 
How many elderly survivors can read on line?
Many were asked to comment before they'd even read the report?.


Few have a proper chance to speak out because of the present restrictions.
Who can be read to if needed?
Or supported if they are rightly upset?


The whole thing's a farce and an exercise in damage limitation for Church and State pushing all culpabilty on the people's families.



#motherandbabyhomes #tuambabies #motherandbabyhomesireland

Monday, 4 January 2021

Galway Now December 2020

 Here's a look at my second article and illustrations for the Galway Now Magazine. 

Super delighted with the results. Thanks a million GALWAY NOW.

If you like Gran you can follow her on @galloping_gran on instagram.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Stop the sealing of Mother and Baby Home archive for 30 years


Planned legislation that will see the Mother and Baby Homes Commission archive sealed for 30 years will block access to information about “disappeared relatives or babies who are buried in unmarked graves.” 

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Museum competition for Schools


Inspired by their new exhibition The Corrib: Myth, Legend and Folklore, Galway City Museum are inviting 3rd to 6th class pupils to research a tale from their locality, to retell it, and illustrate it.

This competition has some incredible prizes! First prize is a mini exhibition on The Corrib: Myth, Legend and Folklore featuring ten beautifully-illustrated lightweight panels for display in the school. The second prize is an art workshop for your class with illustrator Sadie Cramer (subject to government guidelines on Covid-19). The third prize is a copy of Away with the Fairies (2020) by William Henry, which contains fifty strange and amazing stories from Galway city and county. For the full article to