An Irish Industrial School Childhood

Boy 11963 is a unique account of overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles to find out who you truly are. I just saw this book in a SuperValu in Clontarf. It has made my day to discover an Irish Industrial child tell their full story and come out from underneath the shame, secrecy and heartlessness of the Irish Church and State of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The … Continue reading An Irish Industrial School Childhood

Overcoming spiritual terrorism in Ireland

“I don’t think I have any pleasure in any part of my body, because my first and initial body thoughts were blackened by the fear of sin: and therefore I think of my body as a sort of vehicle for sin.” Edna O’Brien. The carefully crafted official report into The Mother and Baby Homes report was published in January 2021. The controversial contents sent shock … Continue reading Overcoming spiritual terrorism in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Legacy, Irish influence and scholarship

Patrick is the best remembered Christian missionary to Ireland. His name has come to represent the many unknown clerics who worked in Ireland before and after him. The influence of the Irish missionaries, carriers of classical learning and disseminators of theological and philosophical thought cannot be overemphasized. Vast collections of Irish manuscripts are to be found in all the great libraries across Europe. I brought … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Legacy, Irish influence and scholarship

Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN’s Committe Against Torture

The word “remember” appears no fewer than 169 times in the Hebrew Bible – for memory is the constant obligation of all generations. Today I pause to remember this particular Magdalene survivor and Irish profile in courage — Elizabeth Coppin. Read about her amazing story below; http://www.thejournal.ie/elizabeth-coppin-un-5010344-Feb2020/ Continue reading Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN’s Committe Against Torture