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The Big Chill

Started Dec 22, 2010 0 Replies

Some images from the ongoing Big Chill here in Ireland and some music The big ChillUploaded by…Continue

The annual procession at Artane School 1925

Started this discussion. Last reply by pauline jackson Nov 8, 2011. 16 Replies

The annual procession at Artane School. Ireland. June 18 1925Little children walk along followed by priests and altar boys. Littlegirls in white dresses walk along followed by schoolboys. Priests…Continue

Tags: Industrial, School, 1925, Procession, Archive

Three long-lost brothers reunited at last after 65 YEARS apart

Started this discussion. Last reply by 072953yt9d1pb Nov 12, 2010. 2 Replies

Three brothers whose family was torn apart when they were children have been reunited after 65 years apart. Patrick, Vincent and John O'Hara had not been in the same room together since the 1940s,…Continue

Tags: Relatives, Indusrial, Schools, Lost, Reunion


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jack colleton commented on Andrew Brennan's photo


"Beautiful Andrew!"
May 4
Andrew Brennan posted a photo
Apr 21
Andrew Brennan commented on jack colleton's blog post Wishing Everybody A Good Christmas!
"Not everyone in Ireland bent the knee to the prevailing culture of punishing the children of the poor and their Mums. There were some who reached out to protect children. An Irish Traveller family sheltered and fed me after I absconded from one…"
Dec 30, 2016
Andrew Brennan commented on Rob Northall's blog post I'm A Racist! Are You?
"Well it's the headgear people put on their heads that got me ... no, no, not the burqua but the pointy hat that ArchBigot McQuaid was so fond of."
Sep 7, 2016
Andrew Brennan replied to Rob Northall's discussion Advocacy
"And Tipperary had two Industrial schools if I remember rightly ... so either nobody from Tipperary has accessed Caranua or nobody from Tipperary,  who was in an Industrial School, successfully applied to the Redress Board .... or ... or ....…"
Sep 5, 2016
Andrew Brennan replied to Rob Northall's discussion Advocacy
"We need a list of these Liaison Officers so that survivors can go direct to them ..... that said it would probably be the shortest list in Ireland, if responses from Local authorities are anything to go by.  I've DMed my local authority on…"
Sep 5, 2016
Andrew Brennan commented on Rob Northall's blog post New evidence that Irish children were murdered
"In 1966 RTE visited one Industrial School whose children were to put on a display for the 50th anniversary of that 'to-do' where all the children of the nation were going to be treated equally AKA the Easter Rising of 1916. They came, they…"
Jul 2, 2016
jack colleton commented on Andrew Brennan's video
Jun 23, 2016
jack colleton commented on Andrew Brennan's photo

Religious Orders Assets & Liabilities

"Yes Indeed Andrew Which Is A Telling Statement. 2 Of The Places I Was Abused In Are Still Operating .. They Are Receiving Funds Via The Government Of The Day And Their Ritual Abuse Endorsed By Same!  Is It Any Wonder All Sorts O Abusers Seek…"
Jun 6, 2016
micheal commented on Andrew Brennan's blog post Ireland's Human Rights Record under Scrutiny in October 2011 - Have YOUR Say
"These are things that still need to addressed, i know the closed the public consultations in 2015, so what we are supposed to be seeing know is a human rights commission, well informed and with teeth, lets put that to the test. Michael"
May 29, 2016
Andrew Brennan replied to Rob Northall's discussion Abuse survivors unhappy at fund’s operation
"It's a bit disingenuous to say ONLY 75 survivors complained and that it represents 1.5% of total applicants - bear in mind that survivors don't want to deal with State officials when making complaints. After all it was the State who abused…"
Apr 19, 2016
Andrew Brennan commented on John J Hogan's photo
Apr 4, 2016
Andrew Brennan commented on Rob Northall's blog post Mum "destroyed" by decade-long battle for 'truth' from HSE about baby's care
"They are a law onto themselves - we need an international investigation unit to expose the lies."
Mar 23, 2016
Andrew Brennan posted a photo

Keep Calm

I doubt if Enda & Joan will be able to Keep Calm come Election Day
Jan 31, 2016
Andrew Brennan replied to Rob Northall's discussion The Curious Case of Judge Brian Curtin
"JUDGE CURTIN - - - - TROJANS (STRUCTURED & UNSTRUCTURED) -- The dangers posed by such viruses depended on whether they were structured ones, such as those used in industrial espionage, or the more common unstructured viruses, which are…"
Jan 6, 2016
Andrew Brennan replied to Rob Northall's discussion The Curious Case of Judge Brian Curtin
" In 2002 Curtin suspended all but six months of a West Cork farmer's two-year custodial sentence for sexually abusing three young girls."
Jan 6, 2016

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Switzerland's shame

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 11:00 5 Comments

Thousands of people in Switzerland who were forced into child labour are demanding compensation for their stolen childhoods. Since the 1850s hundreds of thousands of Swiss children were taken from their parents and sent to farms to work - a practice that continued well into the 20th Century.

A True Reckoning

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 10:42 5 Comments

The Irish religious orders humiliations on little children and their Mums in the Institutions, is a long and sordid history. It has gone on since the birth of the nation. Their presumed moral authority has been a solid foundation for these kinds of abuses. And these Religious Orders thought they had the right to commit these abuses against the children. Because they were poor and their parent(s) had little education, some people in the government of this coutry – and that includes the…



Posted on October 17, 2012 at 11:38 0 Comments


In the case of D.G. v. Ireland,

The European Court of Human Rights (Third Section), sitting as a Chamber composed of:

          Mr     G. Ress, President,

          Mr     I. Cabral Barreto,

          Mr     L.…


40 Things You May Not Know

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 13:29 1 Comment


1. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.

3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.

4. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

5. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a "tittle". …


Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 20:13 on September 22, 2010, Rob Northall said…
In Chat! Bar at the bottom of the website!
At 13:17 on September 23, 2010, Rob Northall said…
The is a New Action Group on Finding Relatives of Survivors. Would you be interested in helping? If so Join the Group?
At 20:02 on October 6, 2010, Paul Nolan said…
HI. Andrew.
Nice to hear from you.
I Googled, Artane images and these came up with these pictures, i was not sure about this one.
Have a go and see what you can come up with. Hope this helps.
At 21:08 on October 7, 2010, Andrew Brennan said…
The image is out there somewhere - in large format. I gogled Letterfrack Industrial School and got it too: The Taliban and the Tabernacle
But I'll keep looking.
At 18:19 on October 18, 2010, John J Hogan said…
Just Love to Photo. Big fan
At 18:20 on October 18, 2010, John J Hogan said…
At 1:25pm on October 21, 2011, john o donnell gave Andrew Brennan a gift
At 9:16 on September 17, 2012, jack colleton said…

Happy Birthday Andrew!

At 19:44 on August 23, 2014, Doctor Rosaleen Rogers said…

Catholic Priests were like Moses

They held high office

They fell on their knees

Charging church fees

And money was what they took off us

At 1:13 on September 17, 2015, jack colleton said…

Happy Birthday Andrew!

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