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

Slowing down to appreciate the beauty and spirit of Mayo

I took these pictures during the heatwave of my first summer back in Ireland, two years ago. Silver Strand beach in County Mayo. For centuries County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland was a victim of its isolation and it’s climate. Its population was devastated by famine and endemic emigration. It’s people have hewn, out of a difficult history, a resilience and a resourcefulness … Continue reading Slowing down to appreciate the beauty and spirit of Mayo