Monday, 3 September 2018

Heart 'n' Hearth Letterfrack

All night vigil - Letterfrack Industrial School Graveyard. 

An incredible night of story and song around the hearth, focusing on those who died and survived. 
Entering into this space was a loving and beautiful experience. 

Friday August 31st 2018
We will not forget💚
Baby Shoes hung by Yvonne Conroy

Nuala Flynn reading a poem by Connie Roberts

Hearth and Heart - A child at the gate 

mid 17th century (as a term in geometry and physics): from Latin, 
literally ‘domestic hearth’.
Every headstone lit by a candle which remained burning throughout the night and next morning

People mind this place

Headstones but probably not the actual graves

Hundreds of tiny faces in the ash the following morning

The names of the boys who died
Vigil Aunties
Shapes in the fire and candles which were at the vigils in Tuam and Belfast
Laurel- Victory and new growth

  • Laurel is a plant of divine status
    High Honour
    High accomplishment of the soul
  • Victory
  • Nobility
  • Immortality
  • Second Sight (the gift of prophecy)
  • Recognition (renown) of High Achievement
  • Long-term Vision (“big picture” understandings)

Former Industrial School building

The trees hold a lot of information

Poem from the poetry trail

Each headstone lit by a candle

The embers were still hot and the candles still burning the next day💕

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