The Shame of Ireland

The Shame of Ireland

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When my friend died.

When my friend died

everything altered

Memories faded slowly

leaving this trace

of sadness

in the twilight

where memories



Added by Andrew Brennan on November 6, 2021 at 11:57 — No Comments


Anger written on a page

Enchantment shattered,

sense scattered

Ink ravenous with rage hacks and scratches

Till hearts, scythed and asunder,

deaden, stiffen, nerves shriven.

Imagine that! As a…


Added by Andrew Brennan on March 27, 2021 at 10:49 — 2 Comments

Paddy Doyle

Paddy Doyle is dead. He authored the book The God Squad and it'll get a mention in the news. TDs and thier ilk will be rolled out to say a few words but at the time of the books publication in the late-80s no legislator read the book. It took until 2009 for survivors stories/testimony to be acknowledged. RIP Paddy.

Added by Andrew Brennan on October 12, 2020 at 12:04 — 2 Comments

Switzerland's shame

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.

Added by Andrew Brennan on October 29, 2014 at 11:00 — 5 Comments

A True Reckoning

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…


Added by Andrew Brennan on August 23, 2014 at 10:42 — 5 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.…


Added by Andrew Brennan on October 17, 2012 at 11:38 — No Comments

40 Things You May Not Know


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". …


Added by Andrew Brennan on March 13, 2012 at 13:29 — 1 Comment

The Virgin Mary Gets A Pregnancy Kit

The Virgin Mary is pregnant and it’s an unpleasant — even shocking — surprise.

At least that’s how she is depicted in a controversial new billboard erected Tuesday by St. Matthew-in-the-City, an Anglican church in Auckland, N.Z.  Swathed in blue, green and red robes, a shocked Mary clasps her hand over her mouth while looking at a pregnancy test.

“Regardless of any premonition, that discovery (of being pregnant) would have been shocking,” vicar Glynn Cardy and associate priest…


Added by Andrew Brennan on December 22, 2011 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Remember the lost and the lonely this Christmas day - and every other day.

All that glitters is not gold

Behind all the glitter, the flashing neon and the mood music there are many people outcast from society - cast into the shadow by a shamed system.  Many who went through the Industrial Schools system ended up on the streets; many of them lived…


Added by Andrew Brennan on December 14, 2011 at 10:51 — 1 Comment

Astonishing Interview by Victim of Smyth AND Brady

Survivor of Fr. Brendan Smyth outlines case against Brady - Brady spent 14 years putting obstacles in his way.


Added by Andrew Brennan on December 4, 2011 at 21:04 — 6 Comments

Welcome Home Bishop Magee. While you were away ....

.. the Main f

indings from the Commission of Investigation into your Diocese are as follows:

YOU misled a previous inquiry and gave a false account of how YOU were handling allegations

Between 1996 and 2005, YOUR diocese failed to report nine out of 15 complaints made against priests, which ‘very clearly should have been reported. The most serious lapse was the failure to report the two cases in which the alleged victims were minors at the time the complaint was…


Added by Andrew Brennan on August 20, 2011 at 22:30 — 4 Comments

Diocese of Cloyne

 A meticulously maintained secret archive on abuse allegations against clerics in the Diocese of Cloyne is sure to be a major part of the (soon to be published) report into the diocese of Cloyne.


The archive apparently contains stunning data on abuse allegations dating over several years, related correspondence, clerical responses and the diocesan handling of the…


Added by Andrew Brennan on April 15, 2011 at 21:00 — 9 Comments

Nuns Stores

From the record of Dail Eireann


Maureen O’Connell, a deputy of the…


Added by Andrew Brennan on January 16, 2011 at 13:05 — 6 Comments

Ireland's Human Rights Record under Scrutiny in October 2011 - Have YOUR Say

Human Rights Commission


Ireland has committed itself to promoting and protecting human rights. The Irish Government must report on a regular basis to the United Nations (UN) on the extent to which it is meeting these obligations. In October 2011, Ireland will be examined by the UN under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Under this new and innovative review process:

* Ireland will report on its…


Added by Andrew Brennan on December 21, 2010 at 16:25 — 8 Comments

A Letter Which Made Liars of the Sisters of Mercy

DAMNING letters from the Department of Education setting out the serious neglect of children at Newtownforbes industrial school, Co Longford,were presented to the Commission on Child Abuse. The letters catalogued attempts by the Department to improve conditions at the school. Sr Margaret Casey, leader of the western province of the Mercy Sisters, testified to the Child Abuse Commission and admitted that many of the children found their time at the school to be "harsh, impersonal, abusive… Continue

Added by Andrew Brennan on December 4, 2010 at 11:09 — 1 Comment

Rite & Reason - Irish Times 2005

Bear in mind this was written in 2005 - before the publication of the Ryan Report.

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Kicking the church more fun than facing real problems

Rite and Reason:

Is it not strange that we are devoting so much energy to inquiring into the abuse of children half a century ago when there is so much that is…

Added by Andrew Brennan on November 24, 2010 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

De Valera Incarcerated Children of anti-Nazi Fighters

THOUSANDS OF MEN deserted the Irish Defence Forces during the Second World War to fight with the British armed forces. Some did so because of their feelings about fascism, some because they were bored, others for better pay. When those who surivived the war came home they found that, as well as dismissing them from the Defence Forces, Éamon de Valera’s government had, more damagingly, blacklisted them from all state jobs. [… Continue

Added by Andrew Brennan on November 16, 2010 at 15:44 — 11 Comments

Charlie 'The Hare' Maguire is Dead

Charlie 'The Hare' Maguire was one of the dwindling number of survivors from Ireland’s gulag of the 1940s – the industrial school system. A powerless man seemingly perceived as a rural outsider, he spent nearly two-thirds of his life in the custody of the State, and died after nearly half a century as a patient in St Davnet’s hospital in Monaghan.

Charlie Maguire was born in 1933 on a small farm at Knockroe, near the Co Cavan…


Added by Andrew Brennan on October 23, 2010 at 15:27 — 4 Comments

Kick Archbishop McQuaid

There's a 20 second ad ... before you get a chance to kick McQuaid.

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Added by Andrew Brennan on October 18, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Is Archbishop Diarmuid Martin a 'Good Guy'?

He seems to have tackled the issue of child abuse in the diocese head on ... he seems more transparent and approachable. More humane in other words.

On the other hand he hasn't demanded that his predecessor be arrested for the conspiracy that enabled the cover-up! Sure he has demanded that bishops, who were found at fault in the Murphy Report, should resign - but he has no problem sitting down with Drennan - nor it appears has he any problem (publicly) with Cardinal Brady. Brady is… Continue

Added by Andrew Brennan on October 18, 2010 at 15:52 — No Comments


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