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Voices of Irish Survivors - Please Sign the Letter to the Abbey Theatre

Please sign your name in a comment below if you'd like to support this application that's going into the Abbey Theatre this week! It's called "Voices of Irish Survivors" - it aims to bring the voices and experiences of survivors of Institutional Abuse onto the stage, by recording the voices and the life story of those who want to tell their stories now.... 

It could shine a spotlight on the plight of survivors now and really let them have their say. So please comment and have your say below too! You can find out more about the proposal at the link below here. The letter and the names will be sent into the Abbey as part of the application. The deadline is very soon - Friday 15th of December!


Letter to support “Voices of Irish Survivors” for the Abbey Theatre’s 5x5 scheme

We, the undersigned, would like to support this application to the Abbey Theatre. We are survivors of institutional incarceration, abuse and neglect in Ireland. We are also the spouses, loved ones and supporters who have shared the lives of survivors and stood by them. We want the true voices and true stories of survivors to be heard. As a community, we share common experiences, for all our other differences.

For decades, we survivors were misrepresented, ignored and unheard. We were silenced and dismissed to the margins of society and history. Only in recent times has the process begun of uncovering some of the truth of what we went through, with its life-long effects.

But our full truth has still not been told. As survivors, we want and need our stories to be heard and our experiences to be represented and acknowledged. This is not really about the past – for us, the experience is still with us now and the effects are still happening today. We have many stories to tell of much more than survival – stories of resilience and hope, as well as stories of pain and coming out of the darkness we had to go through – and the daily struggles we still face.

For those survivors who had to leave Ireland and live their lives far from home, this is a chance for them to bring their stories home, at least. So far, they have often been excluded and marginalized from the debates, yet they have true Irish stories to tell also. For those of us still here to speak for ourselves, we have lived lives that are worth knowing, and we have true stories that are worth sharing. For those who are not here, for those who never got the chance to speak and who were never heard, we carry their stories too within ours. And for some of us, this may be our last chance to tell our life’s story.

We wish these stories to come to life now so that they will live on after us, so that nothing like this will ever be allowed to happen again to a future generation of innocent Irish children.


Signed by:

(You can say if you are a survivor or spouse, partner, friend – or supporter, but only if you want to. If you are a survivor who would like to have your story included in the project, please say so – and do get in touch! Thanks)

Sean Morrison, B.C. Canada, Survivor – I support this application and I have sent an extract from my own life-story to be part of this project.

Jack Colleton, London, I Am A Survivor -But I wish to be a Thriver!   I support this application because we need a voice now. I ask ... Who Was I ... Supposed To Be Before They Got To Me?"

Rob Northall, Great Yarmouth, Supporter – I think this project is a great idea and it should receive a lot of support.


Here's the Facebook link:

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Comment by james penrose on December 10, 2017 at 11:53

I am classed as a survivor.Enslaved for 12 years. I shall be 75 soon,57years in exile, my story cant be told, it is still ongoing, that is the price we have to pay,sorry 

Comment by Mark Lynch on December 10, 2017 at 11:59

Thank you, James, for your support - it's much appreciated anyway!

Comment by jack colleton on December 10, 2017 at 15:18

Hello James.  I Can Relate To Your Message And Your Mention Of The Word Exile.

Comment by jack colleton on December 11, 2017 at 1:19

Shared On Twitter.

Comment by Deirdre O Sullivan on December 11, 2017 at 1:33

Deirdre O Sullivan. Survivor of 10 years institutional abuse

Comment by Mark Lynch on December 11, 2017 at 19:12

Thank you, Deirdre, your name will be added to the list of supporters. If you can share this or spread the word about signing the letter, it would be greatly appreciated!

Comment by shep on December 13, 2017 at 12:38

Bring it on.

Comment by Mark Lynch on December 14, 2017 at 18:06

Thanks, Shep! Just 24 hours or so to the deadline!

Comment by jack colleton on December 14, 2017 at 18:24

I Have Shared On Twitter Every Day!

Comment by Mark Lynch on December 14, 2017 at 21:38

Many thanks for that, Jack! And thanks for starting the whole thing off with your post about the Abbey Scheme! Gratitude also to Rob, William, Robert, Seanie and everyone who has been so encouraging and added ideas and feedback and offered their stories and experience.

There's just one day left for people to sign their names and show their support... so you can just add a comment here - and feel free to make a statement or say something about yourself if you wish...

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