60. The Real Tragedy of Tuam
The Irish Government’s current indecisiveness about the revelation of 796 children and babies flushed into a septic tank at a former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway is telling. The Report by the Irish Government is now complete and the horrors of Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home is worse then originally thought, with the number of children dumped higher by perhaps 3 times the official number. Both the Irish Government and the Irish Catholic Church have a major problem - how to handle the story. The Irish Government’s refusal to release the inflammatory Report on the babies in the septic tank (confirmed by a United Nations’ investigation) is to solely protect the Irish Catholic Church, not least because the Pope is coming to visit Ireland this year and the world’s press will be watching. Not yet known by the general public is the fact that two more death chambers have been found in Tuam, with the remains of hundreds more babies and children that were dumped into them in the 1930s, 40s, 50, and mid 60s while, to the outsider, the Mother and Baby Home looked singularly harmless and was considered to be a place of refuge and care.
Today this sinister site of horrors looks deceptively peaceful although when I first stood there I experienced a feeling of surprise and the weird sensation of knowing that I was standing on top of the remains of hundreds of babies and children.
The formerly grassy area is now tarmacked, but the outlines of the septic tank are marked out in white paint so I could gauge its size. It is approximately 40 feet by 30 feet (12 x 9metres) and oblong in shape. At the far end there is a grotto (made by people of the town) with a statue of the Virgin Mary enclosed in a cracked glass case and surrounded by withered flowers, both real and plastic. Dozens of red glass candle jars, mouldy and water logged, vie for space in the small area. Rain-soaked teddy bears and other toys are scatterd around, looking sad and unloved as were the children and babies beneath my feet. My first reaction when I looked at this obscene, makeshift religious ‘monument’ was that it was insulting. Of greater insult to my eyes, however, is the small, black marble plaque on the stone grey wall outside the septic tank site, which reads “ In Loving Memory of those Buried here. Rest in Peace”. The sense of insult I feel is because this is a lie. There is nobody buried here, but there are 796 babies and children (one a boy as old as 7) who were unceremoniously flushed into this septic tank. That does not constitute burial – that constitutes disposal.
The Secret Orchard of Shame
For about 40 or 50 years this septic tank was hiding in plain sight for all to see - but nobody saw it; the criminal Nuns made sure of that. In the early 1940s they created a small orchard by planting 15 to 20 apple trees to camouflage their murderous crimes. For, lurking a mere few feet below the orchard, lay the septic tank of the Mother and Baby Home, filling yearly with the flushed remains of yet more newly dead babies and children as well as the supposedly Christian ethics and morals of the duplicitous Nuns.
For any visitors, stray or official, the enclosed grey stone-walled area now looked like a well maintained private garden with a thriving orchard and an active beehive tended by the Nuns in order to provide themselves with honey. The Nuns even installed a two- seater wooden bench there where they could sit to pray and contemplate their clever deceitfulness. Although the top soil was very poor, the hardy apple trees grew quickly, thriving on neglect in the coming decades. The inventive Nuns knew it didn’t matter as apple trees can grow in even very poor soil. In reality, the roots stretched down and the apple trees blossomed from their very own food source a few feet below – the decomposing remains of dead babies and children.
So the wicked Nuns yearly ate the harvest of their secret Orchard of Evil, indulging their pleasure. They knew that what was being done to those who died in their ‘care’ would be considered immoral. Why else camouflage the tank? The Tuam Mother and Baby Home closed in1961 and the building was knocked down and, I’m sure the Nuns hoped, all its cruel memories were erased. All of the Convent lands were sold.
All, that is, except the little orchard which thrived and continued to hide its dark secrets and would do so for many decades to come.
The evil Nuns never sold the orchard site, because, if they did, their filthy secret would be exposed and revealed to the outside world. Instead they enclosed the orchard with forbidding grey stone walls and they even put broken glass on top of the walls to keep out the curious. But the local children were not discouraged and used to sneak in to mooch (steal) apples, as children do. The evil Nuns had long neglected their secret, tumbledown orchard, and, over the decades, it slowly was overrun with weeds and briar branches and prickly scrambling shrubs that now thrived in the wilderness that it had become.
As the secret orchard decayed over the many long years of neglect, everything was slowly decomposing, like the hundreds of putrefied souls, bodies of the babies and children flushed below. Nothing no longer grew, no birds sang, built nests or stopped for food. Roving bands of colourful, noisy, active little birds, the male Blue Tit, abandoned its chores of singing a song, a feeling of melancholy, of pensive sadness, on hearing the deafening silent screams of the babies. No bumble bees hummed, nor bees looking for nectar for honey, an abandoned hive, absconding bees, long ago fled, by the uncontrollable cries of anguish, seeping through the earth. No whitetail rabbits hid in their labyrinthine of warrens, no longer, flowers grew, nor pollen to gather, the many decaying roses, in sadness, drooped their heads in shame. Only a pallor of death lay still, sleeping, seeping, hidden, grief stalked and hung over the pallidness orchard, like, an invisible fog.
But one sunny summer’s day, two local mischievous boys of seven and nine, went on an adventure to steal a few apples from the secret walled garden. Unbeknown in their innocents, both elfin boys playing, chasing each other among the wild secret garden, pulling small rotten crabapples, here and there among the many decrepit apple trees, biting into the crabapple, which had the sour taste of death, which the happy boys threw now at each other.
In the wild chase, one of the boys fell, bruising and scratching his kneecaps on the corner of a slab of sharp stone sticking out of the ground. In annoyance, the fallen boy pulled at the small concrete stone to reveal a rabbit-size hole which he peered into. He saw thousands of white bones and hundreds of abandoned skulls. He called out to his friend, who was looking for an apple to eat; it seems that every apple he touched was rotten. The fallen boy called out again to his friend, who ran to see what all the excitement was about. They both looked in wonder and the first boy reached in and pulled out a very small skull from the hidden pile. The boys looked at the skull with childish inquisitiveness, then looked at each other impishly and laughed. The boys didn’t really know what the round bleached skull was; they passed and threw it to each other like a football, even kicking it around the overgrown orchard.
Soon the boys tired of their adventure, climbed back across the glass-embedded wall and ran home, the skull-football under the arm of the boy with the bruised and scratched kneecaps. Upon entering his house, he saw his father and showed him their find. Deeply shocked, his father gruffly asked his son where he had found the skull, and his son replied in a frightened voice, “In the secret orchard.” The parish priest was called. He returned the skull to its secret tomb in the secret orchard, blessing it thus denying its secrets. The boys never visited the garden again until they were in their fifties, and the importance of their find as children became world news.
The Normality of Evil
The number of 796 babies and children disposed of in the grounds of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam is much higher than reported. Local historian Catherine Corless herself showed me a field on the other side of the septic tank, with overgrown grass verges all around what is now used as a children’s playground. This playground itself hides another very dark secret, for a few hundred more women and children, (probably up to 1,800 according to the locals) were dumped beneath it. It now transpires that, in addition to the 20 known, 2 more secret disposal chambers were discovered. There may indeed be more.
Council houses with long back gardens lie to the left and right of the children’s playground with dark secrets of death and the Nuns’ guile. And up and down the local children roam; playing, laughing, running where the football is thrown, round the septic tank, while below, the island of Ireland’s shameful secret lies.
Many of the residents of the surrounding council houses, set in a horseshoe shape around the children’s playground, have, over the years, found human remains in their back gardens. When they reported these gruesome finds to the County Council, they were told that it was ok, as the bones were from people who had died in the Great Famine of 1845. They were never told that they were the bones of murdered women and children dumped there by the heartless Holy Nuns, the Bon Secours Sisters, who owned the land and ran the Mother and Baby Home from 1925 to 1961.
This is absolutely outrageous. Clearly this is a mass, murderous and criminal disposal site in which the local Police, Politicians and Church refuse to believe.
It is now clear that as many as 2800 bodies of women and children were dumped into different pits - a septic tank and at least 22 death chambers - and even scattered across two acres of Convent land, that now, ironically contains a children’s playground.
What thoughts passed through these Nuns’ minds as they made the decision about how to dispose of the bodies of babies and children, then flushed them into a septic tank? Could anyone still believe that this humiliating process of being flushed into a septic tank, naked, mixed with toilet paper, human faeces and disinfection, was ok?
I admit that at first it was all very hard for me to take it all in; in truth I was overwhelmed and numb with the horror and grief the first time I visited Tuam. Could the children in their death throes see the Nuns’ eyes as the child watched them, reaching out for a little human warmth and kindness? The cruel and heartless Nuns had nothing to fear however; according to their Church’s teachings, these tiny babies and children, born out of wedlock, were the very spawn of the devil. This religious conviction made flushing babies and children down an impersonal sluice toilet much easier. It was routine – just the daily normality of life in the Mother and Baby Home. It was the normality of routine, the normality of evil, the dehumanisation of unwed mothers, women and their babies, that is evil itself. The bureaucratisation of brutality, by the Irish Catholic Church.
What makes it worse even now, is that we have the wholesale destruction and suppression of evidence by the Bon Secours Nuns, actively supported by the ruthless Irish Catholic Church and their enablers in both Galway County Council and the Irish Government. We are thankful to dedicated researcher Catherine Corless, who really rescued the Mother and Baby Home’s history from the dustbin.
Tuam Mother and Baby Home would eventually become infamous, but was perhaps not the cruelest of the Irish Catholic Church’s Institutions. Sadly, I believe that honour will be reserved for the largest of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes - St. Patrick’s on the Navan Road in Dublin, where I was born and spent the first four years of my life. It is estimated that it will soon be discovered that at least 3,800 and probably over 9,000, women, children and babies were dumped in secret underground chambers on that very site. Owen Felix O’Neill
“The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them”. Noam Chomsky
The number of people who survived the Religious-run Institutions is sadly dwindling, and becomes smaller daily; most are all now old men and women. But the Religious- run Institutions carry a special importance for Ireland. We must ensure that the next generation knows, and does not forget, what happened in Catholic Ireland just a few decades ago. It is very important that first-hand memories of Survivors are passed down; the listing and reading of the names of those who didn’t survive is the only way to reclaim the dead from the anonymity of their brutal endings in burial pits and septic tanks. The power is in the name because we don't have much else left to remember them with, and remember them we must. When you connect one person to one name, it makes it easier for us all to understand the full horrors of what really happened in those Religious-run Institutions.
I believe strongly that those who lived in the Religious-run Institutions and know from experience what that was like, have a clear moral duty and responsibility to speak out. We need a shaft of light that illuminates the darkness that prevailed in the Religious-run Institutions in Ireland. Every Survivor says that these Institutions robbed them of their childhoods and even of their memories. This is very true. The Survivors’ childhood experiences have shaped their very existence to this day. It is imperative that Survivors are able to talk about their horrendous experiences. There are many, however, who have suppressed the cruelty and savagery that they experienced so fiercely that they still cannot tell their stories, but instead suffer in silence the trauma resulting from what they lived through decades ago.
Getting old is a particularly difficult time, as Survivors finally have the leisure to reflect on what they went through as children. An added nightmare and enemy can be Alzheimers, when Survivors lose their short term memory but maintain their long term one and so have a renewed focus on their horrendous childhoods. Most survivors today are living below the country’s poverty line and need assistance and support rather than empty apologies and insincere promises from their tormentors.
All Survivors of Religious run Institutions in Ireland have a lifetime of trauma, with a few of the Survivors now well into their 80’s, living in stark poverty and struggling daily to keep body and soul together.
Many Survivors have told me that when they were younger the present culture of openness and professional help didn’t exist. All Survivors have their personal nightmares and daily horrors, and an inability to speak about them prevents any meaningful treatment or professional help that can alleviate their vivid traumas and fears. Their traumas are often the result of an overwhelming amount of distress and emotion that exceeds their ability to cope or fully integrate with others. The reliving in their minds of the traumatic events experienced in childhood is overwhelming and can escalate over the days, weeks, years and decades while they struggle to cope also with challenging circumstances. This eventually leads to serious, long-term negative consequences and most Survivors are psychologically damaged. The trauma, however, differs between individuals according to their own experiences. Most develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the result of events experienced throughout their lives but always stemming from their wretched childhoods. This condition is nearly always insurmountable.
The experience of being incarcerated and abused in Religious-run Institutions isn’t therefore simply an event from the past, but still exists in the lives of tormented Survivors, with its many horrors relived, minute by minute. The horrors of their perverse childhoods have tapped away in their subconscious and will do so until the day they die. In old age they can’t escape, as bad memories start to break through failed attempts to forget. The most common early symptom for Survivors is difficulty in remembering recent events, but vivid, painful memories of the depravity of their severely distressing childhood will emerge.
I use the word “trauma” in every day language to mean a highly stressful event. There are no clear divisions between stress, trauma, and adaptation. But the key to understanding traumatic events is that it refers to extreme stress that continues to overwhelm a Survivor’s ability to cope and leaves the Survivor fearing death, annihilation, mutilation, or psychosis. It is also important to keep in mind that stress reactions are clearly physiological as well. Most Survivors feel emotionally, cognitively, and physically overwhelmed.
The experiences of their despairing childhood in the Religious-run Institutions include entrapment, abuse of power, betrayal of trust, an avalanche of helplessness, a deluge of pain, a torrent of confusion and a cascade of loss. Owen Felix O’Neill
The biggest Mother and Baby Home in Ireland, St. Patrick’s on the Navan Road in Dublin was originally known as Pelletstown. It is a grand Edwardian pile that began its life in 1904 as a Public Workhouse and closed in 1985. From almost the beginning, it was run by the order of religious Nuns known as the Sisters of the Daughters of Saint Vincent de Paul, later called the Sisters of Charity. St. Patrick’s was by far the largest of the nine Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland, with approximately 15,000 women and girls going through its doors to give birth. It was also a massive ‘holding centre’ in it’s own right for unaccompanied babies and children. An official estimate indicates that during its 81 years of operation at least 3,500 babies and children died there and some are buried in the national Angel’s Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery in North Dublin. But as is now known, that figure (provided by the Nuns) is far too low, and a truer number would be almost three times that - about 9,700 babies and children. The death of unmarried women in the Homes also runs into thousands, with many of their deaths unexplained. The site of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road, in Dublin has a few secrets buried in unmarked burial plots that are yet to be discovered.
Within a few months, St. Patrick’s will be subject to an Irish Government investigation, conducted by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation. The Commission will complete excavation and testing of the site as was done at the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, where 796 babies’ and children’s bodies were found in a septic tank and where, in the children’s playground, an estimated 1,800 other dead women and children were dumped. The Sisters of Charity, who ran the dilapidated and punitive St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home, thought themselves to be far superior to the unfortunate women and girls detained there and, as such, they therefore had the right to humiliate and destroy their charges - which they did with eager enjoyment and enthusiasm. The Sisters of Charity were known far and wide for their "systematic abuse”, cruelty, brutality and exploitation of the women and children in their care - for purely personal gain.
A primary cause of death among the women and children was starvation which was used as a tool of control by the Sisters of Charity and which led directly to consequent conditions such as malnutrition - officially noted on the death certificates as “marasmus”. Marasmus, which was prevalent in all Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland, is caused by a severe deficiency of nearly all nutrients, especially protein, carbohydrates, and lipids and is usually associated with poverty and scarcity of food. People in prisons, concentration camps and refugee camps tend to suffer from marasmus due to poor nutrition. Please remember that the Nuns running the Mother and Baby Homes were paid by the Irish State for each child in their care and also made vast sums of money from the sale of babies and children. Despite all this financial support, babies and children died from malnutrition. It is certain that not a single Nun in these establishments ever died from lack of food. NONE!
Also Irish Babies and Children suffered from hunger and cold, and were used as subjects in brutal criminal experiments by the Drug Companies. The cruel Nuns, the Sisters of Charity, who ran
St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home, did not even distribute milk or appropriate food rations for their babies or children, thus sentencing them to starve to death. The babies and children of the Mother and Baby Homes were badly exhausted and struggled to live, many babies from 3 months to 4 years suffering from diseases acquired in the Mother and Baby Homes, 86% percent showed vitamin deficiency and overall weakening of the organism, and 75% of them had tuberculosis. All of the children and babies were underweight by several pounds, in spite of the fact that the Nuns were paid for each child at the Mother and Baby Home.
The Nuns, the Sisters of Charity that ran the decrepit St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home, punished the babies and the children further by starvation which resulted in certain death. The emaciated Babies and Children were deliberately starved to death in the Mother and Baby Homes by the wickedness of the Nuns and the Irish Catholic Church. When you daily preach, that illegitimate babies are the spawn of the devil, you have a justification to abuse and kill them. The poor unfed Babies reached a tipping point of no return when their young gaunt body's ability for substance was lost, by intentionally giving them no food or protein, not even medicine. And the final insult, even in death, as can be attested to, the babies were simply dumped into mass grave pits or flushed into septic tanks, like used waste toilet - paper, without any Christian ecclesiastical rites, never in consecrated ground.
Typically the babies and children in the Mother and Baby Home in Ireland died from the following: typhoid (from exposure to infected fecal matter and characterised by red spots on the chest); lack of vitamin B; rickets (caused by lack of calcium and vitamin D); marasmus (caused by lack of protein); typhus (caused by bacteria and spread by lice); dysentery. Severe diarrhoea was very common and is known to lead to dehydration and even death. To my mind, the foregoing details raises the shocking spectre of children dying of starvation such as had not been seen since the Great Famine in Ireland of 1845. It is hard to believe that vulnerable babies and children in religious-run institutions died from famine in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and even into the 70s.
Irish mothers, babies and children, already suffering from hunger and cold, or already sick or disabled were also used as subjects in brutal criminal experiments by drug companies who paid the nuns for access to their wards. Many women and children died as a direct result of these human experiments. St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home was also the site of large-scale illegal medical drug trials for vaccines against epidemic typhus. Over the 81 years of its existence, many medical drug experiments occurred at St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home and, when deaths occurred as a result, the Sisters of Charity sold the bodies to the medical drug companies for subsequent dissection. Some of the illegal medical drug experiments were actually designed in some cases to cause death so that the time which elapsed until death could be measured.
The unwed women and girls who gave birth in these Homes were treated extremely harshly - brutalised, neglected, and underfed. Due to their continued ill- treatment and starvation by the Nuns, their babies were born weakened and underweight, while the quality of their breast milk was well below standard. The large and generally overcrowded wards facilitated the many infections and diseases that regularly raged through the Mother and Baby Homes.
The priests attached to St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home, drove the message home to the women and girls, that they were “sinners, dirty whores and common street prostitutes”, with the words “No man would ever want to marry a whore if they knew their filthy little secret” and “Landlords would not rent them rooms” shouted out daily,. Usually their own families had rejected them as filth. Most of all they must repent! “Repent, you filthy whores”, shouted the deranged priests while preaching fire and brimstone sermons daily from their altars and in the wards of the Mother and Baby Homes.
According to the Irish Clerics, (invoking the visually descriptive imagery of Sodom and Gomorrah), the abomination of the desolation of Dublin had become synonymous with impenitent sin, wicked vice and all types of sexual abominations and transgressions. (The frustrated priests were screaming all this, while daily, raping and sexually abusing children.) To the Irish Catholic Church, the sodomy laws were likely to rule Ireland, if they didn’t intervene and save Ireland for Christianity. The righteous clerics preached against imaginary sexual "crimes against nature", namely anal and oral sex, bestiality, further denouncing all forms of incest and other unnatural offences, like homosexuality and all forms of perverted sex both within and outside marriage.
The Irish Clerics were obsessed with all things sexual and frequently quoted the Bible at the frightened women, thundering “Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death,” (Leviticus 18:23) and “If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” They preached that no other sin was as loathsome and repulsive in the eyes of God than for a man to dump his baby-making seed, that gift of life God has given him, into an unmarried whore’s filthy bowels. “It is an abomination!” screamed the demented priests and Nuns, daily.
The thinking of the Priests and Nuns was that a woman seeks to obtain through lying and diabolical deceptions what she cannot get by honest means. Unmarried women were constantly portrayed as lying sorceresses. “One must be on one’s guard with every woman, as if she were a poisonous snake and the horned devil”, the chattering Priests and Nuns whispered amongst themselves. In the Bible, a married woman is treated as little more than a piece of property. This view was reinforced by the Irish Catholic Church which taught that women - married or unmarried - are the property of their fathers firstly and then of their husbands. To the Nuns running the Mother and Baby Homes, if a woman or girl was raped, or pregnant while unwed, she was ruined, and “spoiled goods” and no longer suitable for marriage. She must therefore be detained by the good nuns to find redemption through hard work and prayer. Her illegitimate child, spawn of evil, must be removed and sold, and raised in a proper Christian family with Christian values.
It is a fact that the children of unwed mothers were seen as an easy source of income for the Nuns and nothing more. The trade became known by the secret name of ‘Banished Babies’ which was an active collusion between the Irish Government and Irish Catholic Church. By banishing thousands of vulnerable illegitimate Irish children in the 1950s and 60s, chiefly to North America, a long-concealed and very lucrative child-export business was conducted by the Irish Catholic Church.
From the early 1950s to the mid 1970s, the golden age of the adoption business for the Irish Catholic Church, up to 97% of all babies born to single mothers in Ireland were adopted. On foot of the Irish Government’s passing of the 1952 Adoption Act, it became socially acceptable to adopt illegitimate babies from Mother and Baby Homes. Suddenly, these illegitimate babies were worth more alive than dead. Conditions were still appalling in all the Mother and Baby Homes but, unsurprisingly, infant mortality rates in Saint Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home fell sharply in the mid 1950s and continued to do so until it closed.
Surprisingly there are two periods when exact numbers of deaths are known: 1924 to 1930 inclusive when 662 children died. An average of over 97 per year, or nearly two per week for seven years. (chart Above)
Now we know the banality of evil of both the Irish Catholic Church, and the Irish Government. The Irish Government has acknowledged that secret, but officially authorised, Vaccine Trials took place in many Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland in the late 1950s and 1960s. The Irish Government revealed that 461 bodies of dead babies and children from the failed Medical Drug Experiments that took place in St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home were ’donated’ to various medical institutions. Thousands of babies and children were exposed to these illegal, barbarian medical drug experiments, and, as a direct result, thousands of babies and children died unnecessarily in Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes.
It is now clear that the Irish Government and the Irish Catholic Church lied about the number of babies and children who died as a direct result of the officially authorised Vaccine Trials at St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home. A front page article by Pamela Duncan in the Irish Times on June 18 2014, revealed that “more than 660 children died in the Dublin residential home, (St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home) in a seven-year period”.
In 2014 it was revealed in a report compiled by Michael Dwyer of Cork University’s School of History, that 2,051 babies and children from the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland were used as medical guinea pigs by the pharmaceutical giant Burroughs Wellcome during the 1930s. He came to this conclusion after trawling through tens of thousands of medical journal articles and archived files. Dwyer said “What I have found is just the tip of a very large and submerged iceberg.”
A damning report by the Irish government’s Health Service Executive (HSE) found that the Irish Catholic Church’s Mother and Baby Homes had an infant mortality rate of 68%. Revelations showed Burroughs Wellcome’s sponsored drug trials in Ireland spanned almost 50 years and involved dozens of religious-run institutions and thousands of vulnerable children. Despite this, Burroughs Wellcome has only acknowledged four secret drug trials. The report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother-and-Baby Homes, published in 2014, still refers only to three vaccine trials. A fourth was admitted by Burroughs Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) in 2011. Between 1930-1935, secret trials of a Burroughs Wellcome vaccine for diphtheria, were carried out on over 2,000 vulnerable children in residential institutions. It failed, however, to mention the 1965 trial of a 5-in-1 vaccine carried out in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home.
Another factor in the official cover-up was the altering of vaccine files by the Nuns who ran the Mother and Baby Homes, to make it appear that unwed mothers were not on the premises and therefore unreachable to give consent, or by the altering of dates of vaccines, to make it appear they were given after the mothers had left the Home. The Nuns of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home claim that they were kept in the dark with regard to the highly-experimental and potentially lethal nature of the vaccines administered to children in their care.
British pharmaceutical companies conducted vaccine trials on orphan children in Ireland because they were debarred from doing so under legislation in Great Britain. So my question is:
3. Were Religious Run Institutional ‘guardians’ properly placed to allow children to be used as ‘experimental material’ in vaccine trials? If so, was their decision made in the best interest of the children or was it to satisfy scientific and commercial concerns? It was to satisfy the commercial concerns of The Irish Catholic Church, that’s who.
Over 25,000 Survivors, former residents of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road in Dublin are still alive. All are deeply affected. The majority of residents, however, went to their pitiful graves still suffering the emotional and mental scars from their time in this notorious “Home”. Although 3,500 babies and children officially died in St. Patricks Mother and Baby Home, that number, sadly, should probably be four times higher. It is to be hoped that the truth will come out in the coming months as the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation continues its long road to the truth. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Major medical teaching institutions in the state, including those of Trinity College Dublin, The College of Surgeons and University College Dublin, bought the bodies of at least 461 deceased babies for routine dissection practice, although they claim that these little corpses were “donated”.
But routinely, no questions were asked as to where the baby bodies came from - they just appeared. Imagine - a steady supply of 461 deceased babies supplied by the modern day Burke and Hare, the two 19th century criminals, known as “Resurrection Men”, who sold their stolen and murdered corpses for dissection at the College of Surgeons’ anatomy lectures in Scotland. The duplicitous Sisters of Charity were their true heirs. When the unethical nuns became aware that there was a demand for cadavers at the medical schools, it was easy for these “Resurrection Nuns”, having obtained the blessing of the the Irish Catholic Church, to remove the disambiguation of the morality of such a course of action.
A thousand or more pounds could be realised per baby or child, who after all, were spawns of the devil. The villainous and loathsome nuns were secretly informed by the equally contemptible Archbishop of Dublin that Irish law required that corpses used for medical research should only come from those who had died in prison, suicide victims, or from Mother and Baby Homes and Irish Orphanages.
Now please do the maths; huge money was to be made by the nuns of the Irish Catholic Church. Firstly by allowing the Medical Drug Companies to pay to experiment on the vulnerable babies and children; secondly, if the babies and children died as a result, the dead and mutilated body of the baby could be sold to the College of Surgeons in Dublin for even more money; thirdly, babies and children could be disposed of through illegal adoptions and illicit sales. Simple!
And yet, thousands of vulnerable – and valuable - babies and children died from starvation in the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. As a direct consequence of the Sisters of Charity’s actions, both the Irish Government and the Irish Catholic Church were indifferent to this mass death and suffering. The children whose deaths could not be monetised were considered useless and those who died were dumped into mass graves on Mother and Baby Homes’ property. Those who survived (and were not adopted) became slave labour in the Magdalen Laundries and Industrial Schools of Ireland.
Just so we are very clear, every Mother and Baby Home in Ireland had a "disposal of babies" policy.
Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne’s book Four Mother and Baby Homes in 1933 outlinines the number of infant deaths with the most common cause of deaths being marasmus – a form of malnutrition.
1. St. Patricks Mother and Baby Home, Dublin: officially 3,500 baby and children, but a higher figure of over, 4,000 more babies and children - yet to be determined by the Commission.
2. Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary: 790 children are believed to be buried in secret grave pits but possibly the number will be over 2,000 -, yet to be determined by the Commission.
3. Bessborough, Co Cork: an estimated 2,000 children or more may have been buried, possibly another 1,000 - yet to be determined by the Commission.
4. St. Peter’s in Castlepollard in Co. Westmeath: it’s believed 300 to 500 children died, and possibly the number will be over 1,000 more buried in secret grave pits - yet to be determined by the Commission.
Owen Felix O’Neill
Rule 85 in the Christian Brothers handbook (their written constitution of do’s and don’ts) stated the obvious: “Christian Brothers must not fondle their pupils.”
“Fondle” or “Fondling” is a quaint term to use. What does it mean? The English Oxford Dictionary has the definition for “ Fondle” as, -
(Verb) - “Stroke or caress lovingly or erotically”.
( Noun)- “An act of fondling”.
The ban against fondling was entered into the written constitution of The Christian Brothers Order in 1962, at a time when they were supposedly dealing with the enormous problem of their own peterphiles * (pedophiles) actively working in the Order. Male rape was used systematically as an instrument of total control in all Industrial Schools in Ireland run by the predatory Christian Brothers who ruthlessly exploited and sexually assaulted vulnerable boys in their “care”.
According to the Christian Brothers, their Order was not breaking a rule, or even breaking the vow of chastity. Shocking sexual rape and brutal beatings were the norm in all the notorious Industrial Schools in Ireland for ten solid decades. One of the early Industrial School’s in Ireland was St.Josephs Industrial School, Artane, Dublin which opened its raptorial doors in 1870, and closed its murderous doors in 1969. Tens of thousands of Irish boys, from the age of 9 years old to 16 years, passed through its ferocious doors; over 1,000 of them died at the hands of the homicidal guards, known as The Christian Brothers. Almost every single, helpless boy who passed through the sodomising doors of St. Josephs Industrial School, Artane was raped or sexually assaulted at one time or other, by the ferocious Christian Brothers.
noun- Peterphile *- A Cleric who is sexually attracted to young children. A Follower of Peter the Apostle- the word only applies to Christian Clerics who are pedophiles
According to a few published reports, and a secret report about the Christian Brothers (including a few ex Christian Brothers), there always existed an organised and orchestrated grouping of active peterphiles (pedophiles) who operated within the predatory ranks of the Christian Brothers Order from the very beginning and still operates to this very day. The Christian Brothers charter was to look after disadvantaged boys.
Another one of the Christian Brothers quaint RULES in their written constitution and that was in place since 1947 stated that the Christian Brothers:
“shall not touch their pupils through playfulness or flapity and they shall never touch them on the face”,
Though not in any dictionary I’ve looked at, “Flapity” in this case means “excitement or extreme joy”. It took many decades and rapes of thousands of vulnerable boys before the Christian Brothers recognised sexual abuse as a crime and not a moral failing. The Christian Brothers now realise that celibacy and a religious life anywhere in the world was, and is, no longer attractive. The Christian Brothers are now recruiting new men from poorer countries in both Africa, and Asia and, as they say themselves, “It’s important that the new recruits are mature, emotionally balanced and well-integrated into society, unlike all the Christian Brothers in the past” (who were mostly Irish). Good luck with that I say!.
It is hard to convey the sheer weight of the testimony given in “The Ryan Report” about the Christian Brothers in Ireland, and it is equally impossible to resist the conclusion that some of what was done by the Christian Brothers in the Industrial Schools of Ireland was of quite exceptional depravity, so that terms like ‘sexual abuse’ are too weak to convey it. Thousands of boys, including myself were raped hundreds of times in the various Irish Industrial Schools run by the Christian Brothers. And not just raped, but bloodied and battered and almost beaten to death. A few did die as a direct result of the rapes and beatings while many more committed suicide years later, unable to surmount their continuing pain and total humiliation.
In Ireland, the Christian Brothers recruitment was mainly from rural Ireland, from the middle classes or from the respectable working-classes, growing up in Ireland at the time. The Latin motto of the Order was “Facere et docere “-“To Do and To Teach”.
Industrial School boys had regularly suffered acute deprivation before their admittance to the Religious run Institution, a deprivation at which the Christian Brothers could only guess because courses in child care was very much a thing of the future. The Christian Brothers were normally trained as primary teachers, and not as child care professionals. In the Irish Industrial Schools, the Christian Brothers and boys had to live with one another, cheek by jowl, around the clock, 24/7, 365 days a year. In many ways, the Christian Brothers were also locked up with the Industrial School boys.
The untrained Christian Brothers, normally no more than a few years older then the vulnerable boys they looked after, were unprepared themselves for a lifetime of being locked up in the Industrial Schools with squealing pubescent boys. The work by the Christian Brothers was especially exhausting and very tiresome. Time away from the Industrial School was rare for the young or older men of the Christian Brothers and holidays were few and far between. The vulnerable boys’ moods and reactions differed from those with a stable family background or that experienced by the Christian Brothers themselves.
The boys, with multiple problems like bed wetting, bullying, or other untreated antecedent behaviour, were being supervised by their delinquent peers, the Christian Brothers. The Brothers normalised the violence of fighting, beatings and rape in the Industrial Schools and they actively encouraged boy-on-boy sexual and physical abuse, particularly of unruly younger boys by older boys who were “promoted” to do the bidding of the Brothers as a means of control.
Constant shortages of food lead to constant hunger and a sense of hopelessness, while minimal education of the adolescent boys was the norm. Basic insecurity and poor hygiene training was therefore a pervasive problem. It was likely that the stressful Christian Brothers would lash out in violence, and their own inner sexual frustrations were suppressed. The Christian Brothers, as men, suffered greatly from sexual starvation and yet they desired intimacy and love. Their sexual starvation resulted in a variety of circumstances including physical, mental, emotional, social, or religious/spiritual barriers whose only outlet was the rape of the vulnerable boys in their care.To highlight my point and from my own experience, there existed physical and sexual abuse in all the Industrial Schools for boys. Mostly the boys were stripped naked before they were beaten, adding a sexual element to the punishments inflicted on orphan boys, by the Christian Brothers. The beating or whipping of the naked boys was a precursor to raping them later - which was the norm.
There is shocking evidence of Peterphile rings of Christian Brothers, operating in every Industrial School in Ireland. There is also clear evidence that many of the Christian Brothers operated as a team. It was known both from “The Ryan Report”, (The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse), and all the Survivors still alive today, that many Christian Brothers were multiple rapists, with many of them molesting as many as 150 or more boys, each. There is no doubt about this. Shockingly, the Christian Brothers Order demanded, and was given, total immunity as a condition of their appearing and speaking before the Commission of Enquiry of Child Abuse. As we now know fromThe Ryan Report, that there was a pattern of sexual abuse within the Christian Brothers Order from 1890s onwards. In a secret letter in the archives of the Christian Brothers Headquarters in Dublin, a
Christian Brother wrote:
“As long as outsiders do not become aware of these things, we may hope for better times after the war.”
On December 1st 1948, Brother S R Young wrote from Sydney to Dublin:
“We had hoped that rehabilitation had taken place, but generally the dog returns to his vomit especially where the second vow is concerned”. (The second vow is never to have sex with children.)
Again a Christian Brother writes:
“The police were not called. The matter was handled within the Catholic community to avoid scandal”. “The protection of the good name and credibility of the congregation was the outcome most sought after”.
Peterophiles as Christian Brothers preyed on us - the orphan boys of the Industrial Schools whose vulnerabilities were ruthlessly exploited. The defenceless orphan boys often felt deeply responsible , as if it was somehow their fault. The use of fear to control and manipulate the vulnerable boys was both obvious and subtle. The resulting damage to the emotional development of the hapless boys were deeply destructive and unforgivable. Shame thrived and flourished easily; a lifetime of fear stalked the isolated, distressed Boys of the Industrial Schools, who, even many years later, were unable to come together to share their common experiences. Many of the anxious boys crawled to their wretched graves carrying their devastating and distressing shame and guilt. These are etched on their final tombstones.
When the Industrial Schools or Reformatories were first established by the Irish Catholic Church and handed over for day-to-day running to The Christian Brothers, their first priority was not the welfare of boys and girls (although this was important to some), but the protection of respectable society from the depredations of certain classes of children. These children were perceived to require special structures and systematic Catholic training because otherwise their chaotic lives were dangerous to society as a whole. The idle, abandoned, illegitimate, poverty-stricken child was viewed as a natural recruit to the ‘seething mass of Irish human misery’, the ‘perishing’ or ‘dangerous’ classes who threatened the stability of the Irish State. This attitude remained dominant, though sometimes contested. This change from viewing the deprived child as a threat, to the notion of ‘the welfare of the child’ as paramount, took place at different rates in different places. Old attitudes died hard over the many generations. To the Christian Brothers, delinquent boys posed the greatest threat.
The 20th century saw enormous and unparalleled social upheaval in Ireland: independence from England, the Irish Civil War and the ruthless Irish Catholic Church consolidating their vast power and wealth within all structures of Irish society. The corrupt and powerful Irish Catholic Church, the Illuminatus, won the war of Independence from England in reality - not the Irish people, as many believe. Instead, Ireland was to be ruled not from The Palace of Westminster in England but from the neo-gothic Pontifical University at Maynooth, which was, and is, the National Gothic Seminary for Ireland - the Royal College of St Patrick, built by an Act of Grattan’s Parliament in 1795. The real seat of power was not Dáil Éireann, (the Irish parliament) toothless and spineless in the face of the insidious Irish Catholic Church. No, the real victors were the illuminati who ruled with an iron fist, exercising raw and absolute power in an oppressive and ruthless way from the battlements of Maynooth. The Irish Clerical Illuminati were, and still are, a secret society. The society's goals were to encourage superstition and religious obscurantism by the manipulation of the popular faith as political praxis and prescribing how the Gospel of Jesus Christ was to be lived in Ireland.
The Irish Catholic Church had total religious and political influence over all aspects of public life, starting from conception to birth and through all the schools it controlled in the Irish State. The Christian Brothers spearheaded the abuse, and used Irish State power and money for its own ends with the encouragement of willing, elected politicians and the secret, conservative and religious societies of the Irish Catholic Church.
Within the Irish Catholic Church was the fundamentalism of The Christian Brothers with their sincere religious beliefs. They were obscurantists who actively opposed enlightenment and the consequent social reform slowly taking place in Ireland. The Christian Brothers were teaching a type of anti-intellectual creed; total obedience to them, to God and, more importantly, the Irish Catholic Faith. The essential element in the black art of obscurantism is not that it wants to darken individual understanding, but that it wants to blacken our picture of the world and darken our idea of existence. In reality The Christian Brothers’ brand of religion served as the social control of the Irish populace. As true obscurantists, The Christian Brothers and the rest of the Irish Catholic Church limited the publication, extension, and dissemination of knowledge, through the banning and the burning of books, films and plays in targeting the intellectuals of the day. All the famous writers at the time were banned one way or another as were almost all foreign intellectuals and writers.
The Christian Brothers system of religious belief was blind and was brutally instilled into very young boys as a guide to their future actions. The Jesuits’ maxim, “Give me the child for the first seven years and I will give you the man” was the wholehearted belief of the Order. But in the Industrial Schools of Ireland that the Christian Brothers controlled, the Jesuit maxim never appeared. Instead the Christian Brothers’ maxim was “Give me the child for the first fifteen years and I will beat and rape him, leaving a fearful boy, struggling for life”.
The new asylums that were set up were ‘total institutions’. Their Christian managements sought a complete regulation of the daily life of each inmate and the creation of new personalities. The prisons, reformatories, workhouses and orphanages had analogous populations: the poor, the marginalised, the dispossessed, the unprotected and the stigmatised. Their institutionalised functions are associated with the words ‘control’, ‘incarceration’, ‘deterrence’ and ‘rehabilitation’. The daily lives in these asylums run by the Religious Orders, possessed striking similarities. Residential care for children in the Industrial Schools, Orphanages and Reformatories shared much in common, although the common features could be moderated by the age of the inmates, the style of the leadership, and the quality of staffing. All the staffing was by Catholic Religious Orders. (See list below.)
The Workhouses, Orphanages, Industrial Schools, Reformatories all looked alike and the children marched to a similar disciplinary cadence - strict, brutal, and shameless. The Religious-run Institutions were ‘spartan’. ‘regimented’, ‘sparse’ and ‘punitive’. Their objective was to control, to change, to reform, to remould the children. The means to achieve the goals of re-educating the inmates were a combination of moral, educational and industrial training but in a milieu controlled by strict codes of military style order reinforced by severe punishments, including rape. Most of the Christian Brothers who ran the Industrial Schools or Reformatories in Ireland had no qualifications either in teaching or in child care. The Christian Brothers provided an equivalent of a poor-man’s boarding school experience for an otherwise destitute child. At its worst, it was a mismatch of disturbed and disturbing children and frustrated Christian Brothers that created hell on earth. Christian Brothers were peterphiles, sex craved, cruel, brutal, unprofessional and immature, untrained as both teachers and carers and inexperienced in life. As a policy of the Leaders of the Christian Brothers, there was a tendency to place in the Industrial Schools untrained Christian Brothers who were already known or suspected to be abusers and peterphiles.
In fairness to the Christian Brothers, the long, unsocial working hours, the requirement to live-in, the stress of caring 24/7 for disturbed and vulnerable boys, low professional status and low pay were all factors which contributed to the difficulty. Residential care within the despicable Industrial Schools was ripe for the perpetration of abuse by peterphiles (pedophiles) where Christian Brothers could seek out and abuse young vulnerable boys on a daily basis. Immorality was rife in the Order of the Christian Brothers who openly spread their filthy tentacles throughout the Industrial Schools and Reformatories of Ireland. The Christian Brothers were really glorified baby sitters but who was to care for the carers, the Christian Brothers? Many of them led tormented lives themselves, haunted by the evil demons of depression, alcoholism, low self-esteem and their confused sexuality. Large numbers of them had joined the Order from the tender age of 12. If one reads “The Ryan Report”, one would get the clear impression that the Christian Brothers could only be described as a motley crew of misfits who today would be evaluated as maladjusted, anti-social and deviant. In the isolated world of the Industrial Schools it was all too easy for the misfits, the sadists and the perverts to mistreat and exploit vulnerable children in their care. The consequences were many - and very severe.
The Religious Orders that ran the Religious Institutions.
1. The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy who ran 26 industrial schools including The Magdalene Laundries
2. The Christian Brothers, the largest provider of residential care for boys, who ran the Industrial Schools and Farms
3. The Presentation Brothers who also ran Industrial Schools
4. The Institute of Charity, known as the Rosminians who ran reformatory schools
5. The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul ran 26 Orphanages and a few Mother and Baby Homes and Industrial Schools for Girls
6. The Good Shepherd Sisters who ran 4 Industrial Schools for Girls and a few Magdalene Laundries
7. The Oblates Fathers of Mary Immaculate ran the worst Industrial School in Ireland, Daingean Reformatory School
8. The Hospitaller Order of St John of God, ran residential schools for children with learning disabilities
9. The Religious Sisters of Charity ran five Industrial Schools, for boys and girls under the age of 10
10. The De La Salle Brothers who ran a few residential homes
11. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge ran an IndustrialSchool and a Reformatory School
12. The Sisters of St Clare ran an industrial school in Cavan and an Orphanage which burned to the ground, The good Sisters locked the children into the burning building
13. The Sisters of St Louis ran St Martha’s Industrial School and St Joseph’s Orphanage
14. The Presentation Sisters ran an Industrial School and Industrial School. The Dominican Fathers ran Homes for Boys
15. The Daughters of the Heart of Mary ran Orphanages
16. The Brothers of Charity ran two schools for children with learning disabilities
17. The Sisters of Nazareth ran residential homes for children
18. The Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, ran Mother and Baby Homes, Hospitals
Owen Felix O’Neill
Like their counterparts, the Christian Brothers, Irish nuns were generally drawn from the rural middle class of Ireland. The largest order of nuns was the Religious Sisters of Mercy, who are members of a Religious Institute of Catholic Women founded in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley. The Mercy Sisters ran the infamous Magdalene Laundries and 26 Industrial Schools - mostly for girls. Also like the Christian Brothers, the Sisters of Mercy ran many private schools, but for girls instead of boys. At one time they had Convents (many with schools attached) Colleges, Hospitals and over 1,000 primary schools under their direct control in Ireland. The Sisters of Mercy have claimed that the Institutions under their control were:
“… happy places and well run”
The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse which issued The Ryan Report (2009), found that molestation and rape were "endemic" in boys' facilities, chiefly run by the Christian Brothers Order whose supervisors pursued policies that increased the danger. Girls in institutions supervised by orders of nuns (chiefly the Sisters of Mercy), suffered much less sexual abuse but instead endured frequent assaults and humiliation designed to make them feel worthless.
From the Ryan Report:
“The issue of sexual abuse did not feature as prominently in the evidence in relation to schools run by the Sisters of Mercy as it did in relation to schools run by other religious communities"
"Some very serious incidents of sexual abuse perpetrated by lay staff [occurred] in some schools”.
"In some Industrial schools a high level of ritualised beating was routine”
“Girls were struck with implements designed to maximise pain and were struck on all parts of the body."
"Personal and family denigration was widespread.”
The Ryan Report concluded that, when confronted with evidence of sexual abuse, the Sisters of Mercy responded by transferring offending nuns to another location where, in every instance, they were free to abuse again. The Irish Catholic Church’s cancer of abuse metastasised with the Sisters of Mercy and their Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools for girls in Ireland. The Sisters of Mercy were so brutal to the children and the women in their religious institutions, that even other Religious who visited them, (including nuns from other Religious Orders and Bishops) were shocked. The Sisters of Mercy came to be renowned for their cruelty.
It’s hard to believe today that the Sisters of Mercy, and other unconscionable Orders of Nuns in Ireland, had exclusive responsibility for arrest, Orders for Detaining and the power of incarceration of Innocent girls and women against their will. The Sisters of Mercy also had the power of release, thus enabling the selling of stolen babies and children. They implemented “official” and “unofficial” disciplinary punishment against the captive women and their children as they thought fit. These reprehensible actions were widespread and were made possible because both the Irish Government and The Irish Police were powerless against the mighty power of the Irish Catholic Church.
The Sisters of Mercy were responsible for blameless girls and women from the moment they entered a Magdalene Laundry or Industrial School. Many were incarcerated until death. Some of the women or girls were released - usually years later – being, by then, broken in the sight of God and permanently sundered from their families and communities.
The Mother Superior of the Magdalene Laundry was responsible for the constant “unofficial” cruelty that often led - and was intended to lead - to “unofficial” beatings, humiliations and even death. The deaths were never officially reported to the Irish State let alone the Irish police. Such deaths were routinely written up as “suicides,” or the result of work related accidents. In a few cases, the deaths were recorded as “just died”, from acute illness, such as “weak heart”, “interruption of circulation”, “flu” or something similar. In many cases, no records were kept. If there were records, they were often immediately destroyed. No doctor’s post-mortem examination as to the cause of death, took place, and certainly no autopsy was performed.
The Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools, standing outside the reach of all Irish State authorities, had always been places where the Nuns could and did kill women or girls. Dead women or girls simply disappeared, and, as we now know, were, without a name and stripped of their true identity, dumped into mass grave-pits on convent grounds. Their families were never informed.
The nameless and faceless woman or girl was just dumped like a bag of human waste into a stinking hellhole pit along with hundreds of fellow nameless and faceless slave workers. The collective flat grave was normally a long barrow that was dug by male menial workers. The newly dead body was unceremoniously ditched onto a mound of hundreds of other putrid bones of faceless slave women, battered, bruised and screaming, as well as deformed babies and children.
Where was the humanity in this final act of outrage - the defiling, ultimate humiliation and the final demeaning of innocent women and children? If there is a God, then God accounts the women and children as blameless or undefiled. The Nuns have defiled the consciences of these innocent women and children.
From their very beginnings, the Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland increasingly became sites for the systematic murder of babies, children, women and girls. This is a fact. Some were known by the inmates as “The Murderous Laundries” Many women or young girls were never officially even registered at the Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools; they were known as the unwed ghost women with children. Some died in strange circumstances or were beaten to death.The Magdalen women toiled in dangerous, unsafe, bleak laundries, work conditions were dickensian, appalling and hard. The Laundries were run by a merciless employer, the Nuns, the young children of the slave women were forced like their mothers to work long hours, often in poor light, using dangerous and unsafe machinery, carrying heavy loads of laundry clothing from one spot to another, to wash or to dry, an iron. This was brutal physical and backbreaking work for both the women and the children, a normal work day, was 12 hours or more, 6 days a week, and sometimes even on the 7th. day a Sunday. The women and children were condemned to hellish workhouses by their captives, the merciless Nuns. Those women and children who could work were pressed into hard labour and those who couldn’t were cared for at the minimum standard, all were subjected to a very harsh disciplinary regime.
All Magdalen Laundries were abhorrent institutions, in some Laundries there were over 200 hundred women and children assembled to work, the effect was a spectacle of squalor, rags, steam from the laundry machines, pools of putrescent chemical waters, spilt on concrete floors, with hundreds of bundles of moulding clothing and wretchedness. The constant smell of carbolic soap, hydrogen sulfide, which produced a rotten egg smell mixed with chlorine. Metallic tastes and smells from mercury, lead, arsenic and iron seeping into the festering water supply. Some of the slave women and their children had the deep-sunk and half-averted eyes of desperation and constant hunger. The hair of most of the women and children was cut very close to the head, showing that they would never be liberated from their prisons of humiliations. A few of the Women and children lost limbs, an arm, a leg, a finger, broken ankles, split heads, twisted backs, sprained limbs and back. Those that didn’t died due to work conditions were left handicapped for life after their appalling accidents at the Magdalen Laundries. The rest of the women and children were left emotionally and psychically scared for the rest of their natural lives.
The dead must not be forgotten nor the voices of the living Survivors be silenced. The Nuns are upsetting whole families by denying their shameful gains at the expense of those innocent women and children who they murdered - systematically shamed and beaten into submission.
The Catholic Church teaches that “The Lord loves the broken in heart, who draw close to Him in their brokenness”, but for the unfortunate slaves called the Magdalene Women, the Lord himself, abandoned them.
The Magdalene Laundries or Industrial Schools for women and girls, were not subject to review by any outside judicial or administrative authorities; in reality they literally stood outside the laws of the Irish State. The Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools were intended to serve as a detention centre for those women and girls who the Irish Catholic Church deemed to be a subversive danger to the Irish Catholic way of life. Incarceration in a Magdalene Laundry or Industrial School was never linked to a specific crime or actual illegal activity. All that was required was for a nosey neighbour, or even a family member to speak to their local priest. The priest then simply ordered the girl or woman detained and incarcerated based on their suspicion that she had committed a sinful crime of a sexual nature - lust or love, a simple kiss, touching, or even holding hands. Even worse was for a female to fall pregnant, often after having been raped by a family member, friend or boyfriend. A man’s word, especially the father’s, was absolute.
The women or girl could be indefinitely incarcerated in a Magdalene Laundry or Industrial School. It only needed the local Parish Priest’s authority, and was based on the belief that the woman or girl was a danger to Irish society by being “debauched” and “corrupting the morals” of of the local boys and men. The detained, innocent woman or girl would be charged under the secret “corrupting morals” codes as laid down by the Irish Catholic Church, and would be denoted as being in “protective custody”. Of course the blameless woman or girl had no say, no court hearing and no evidence was presented other than the word of the local Parish Priest. The naive girl or woman’s life was now truly over; all too often she woke up in the hellhole of a Magdalene Laundry or Industrial School and she would carry forever afterwards around her person, a distinctive aroma - an unpleasant smell of doom and desperation. She could never return home to her community – the village, town or city that she grew up in. To her own family, including her own mother and father, as well as her local friends, she was considered to be dead. For the innocent girl or woman, denounced from the pulpit of her church, her all too real nightmares were just beginning.
There would be no time limit for incarceration in the Magdalene Laundries or Industrial Schools, places of extreme wretchedness and squalor. For the women who survived, their detentions were routinely extended indefinitely by their tormentors - the all-powerful Nuns who had sole and total authority over them.
In addition to serving as detention centres for women and girls, the system served two other key purposes for the Irish Catholic Church’s regime. Firstly, the Magdalene Laundry or Industrial School, were to be the source of inexpensive slave labour for the running of very profitable businesses that were owned and operated by the Irish Catholic Church. Secondly, in many cases, the slave women or girls were “leased out” as unpaid domestics to clean or cook in state-owned and private businesses, such as grand houses, hotels, hospitals, colleges, universities or schools with the monies received being collected in secret by the enterprising nuns to fill the convent coffers. The willy Nuns also increasingly deployed the abused and battered women or girls as free labour to produce work and clean churches, priests’ homes and even bishop’s palaces for the Irish Catholic Church. The Nuns continuously needed more and more women as workers to operate their money-making Magdalene Laundries which were expanding throughout Ireland, and so a desperate plea went out to all the parishes in Ireland to find more women and young girls. The Parish Priests of Ireland happily complied.
Many Scholars recently have estimated that the Irish Catholic Church’s regime incarcerated hundreds of thousands of women, girls, babies and children who passed through the Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland for over 10 decades. It is difficult to estimate the total number of deaths. One Government Report, Chaired by Senator Martin McAleese, said that 1,600 women died in the Magdalene Laundries, from 1922-1996. With a figure of 10,000 women who worked in the Magdalene Laundries at the time, that is more then 16% of the slave women who died, murdered. The different Survivor Groups of Magdalene Laundries women dispute that official figure and place the death rate much higher, as do many independent Scholars. We are only talking here about the Magdalene Laundries - the figures do not include the Industrial School system for girls nor the Mother and Baby Homes run by religious orders in Ireland.
That figure would run into over one hundred thousand more, and the deaths of the women and girls would be more then 27%. We know this from the 18 Magdalene Laundries operating at the time, from the known Magdalene grave-sites and the census data gathered since 1911. Secret grave-pits on many of the Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools are slowly being discovered and - horror upon horror - the nuns now claim, despite the new discoveries that they were, and are, unaware of any secret grave on their lands, never mind the bodies of the slave women and children buried there.
The problem, we are now learning, is that the Nuns kept poor records - very convenient for both the Nuns and the Irish Catholic Church. It’s now time that everybody, including the Nuns and the Irish Catholic Church, acknowledge that the detained women, girls and their children were innocent victims of a very brutal system. The women and young girls were sacrificed for the sake of a religious ideal or a Catholic Church’s sin - an ideal of a religious fantasy of a pure Irish Catholic society. Both the Irish State and the Irish Catholic Church should hang their heads in shame.
These "large complexes” of Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools became a massive, interlocking system, carefully and painstakingly built up by the Nuns and the Irish Catholic Church for over 10 decades. Consequently, the Magdalen Laundries became part of Ireland's larger system for the control of children and women. Women and unwed mothers and their children were imprisoned for transgressing the narrow moral code of the Irish Catholic Church at the time, and their religious congregations managed the Orphanages, Industrial Schools and Laundries.
These facilities all helped sustain each other; young girls from the Reformatories and Industrial Schools often ended up working their entire lives in the Magdalen Laundry system. Almost all these Religious Institutions were run by female religious congregations and were scattered throughout Ireland, with many in prominent locations in towns and cities. In this way, the Religious Institutions, under the direction of Religious Orders, were powerfully and pervasively able to effectively control the lives of women and children from all classes of Irish Societies. One of the main features of these Magdalene Laundries was their diverse community of female inmates, from the very young to the very old. The Magdalene Laundries also took in “hopeless cases”, as those deemed to be “mentally defective” were called and many of whom had been transferred from Industrial and Reformatory Schools. These unfortunate women were used for menial tasks both within the Magdalene Laundries and the Convent itself.
An overriding characteristic of the Magdalen Laundries was a brutal slave regime of prayer, enforced silence and backbreaking work in an unsafe laundry environment. The Nuns had a preference for young, strong girls who could be permanently enslaved. The Laundries became a part of a very large network of Religious Institutions in Ireland where the treatment of both young girls and older women became increasingly violent and abusive. The Magdalene Laundries themselves were particularly cruel places - more secretive in nature and emphatically more punitive. While these women and young girls had committed no crime and had never been put on trial, their indefinite imprisonment was enforced by locked doors, iron gates, oversized walls with barbed wire and broken glass on top, prison guards in the form of apathetic nuns, and the willingness of the Irish Police, An Garda Síochána, in tracking down the women or girl slaves when they went missing. An Garda Síochána, was fully at the disposal of the Irish Catholic Church; it colluded, conspired with, and came to a secret understanding with the Irish Catholic Church to summarily return runaway women or girls back to a life of certain hell and death. This was Catholic Ireland where the Irish Catholic Church was always above the Law.
I still don’t see An Garda Síochána investigating the secret mass grave-pits with the bodies of thousands of women and children, including some who they themselves returned to the Magdalene Laundries or Industrial Schools.
How is that possible?
Owen Felix O’Neill
(Special Thanks to Dani Bostick and The Huffington Post).
1 Perpetrators and their allies undermine victims’ credibility and impugn their character.
2 The community often rallies around the perpetrator and pillories the victim.
3 Victims face a barrage of questions when they come forward instead of the sympathy and support they need. Why didn’t you speak out sooner? Why didn’t you try to stop the attacks? These questions add to the trauma and horror of sexual violence.
4 Victims sometimes have kept in touch with their perpetrators. Maybe they continued dating, working together, or interacting politely at family events. Continued contact with a perpetrator is also very common. Often this factor alone keeps victims trapped in silence.
5 Not reporting allows a victim to maintain the fantasy that people in positions of responsibility would be helpful if he or she did report. Reporting often crushes that fantasy when responsible people protect themselves and the perpetrator instead.
6 A lot of victims prefer to create an alternate reality, one in which the abuse didn’t happen. If a victim is hiding behind a facade of success, competence, and achievement, admitting past abuse can shatter that facade. Being the victim of sexual violence is highly stigmatised. No high-functioning person wants to be viewed as damaged.
7 Victims often prefer to create an alternate reality, one in which the abuse didn’t happen. It is often easier to pretend to be normal and live a lie than face the horror of sexual abuse and trauma.
8 Victims often fear that coming forward will result in the loss of employment, support network, housing, reputation, and even their lives.
9 Some victims simply don’t remember. I had suppressed the memories of my abuse and still do not have linear memories of it.
10 In the case of child sexual abuse (and oftentimes abuse of adults), reporting can disrupt every relationship important to the victim. Family members and friends choose the easier narrative: that the victim is lying. Believing someone has lied is easier than believing that a loved one has raped a child.
11 Victims might not know who to tell. Do you tell a friend? A Priest? The Police? Since sexual violence is shrouded in a code of silence, sometimes the impediment to timely reporting is that victims literally do not know what to do. Some may not even realise initially they have been a victim of sexual violence in the first place.
12 Some victims are under the mistaken impression that you cannot report at all if you do not report immediately.
13 Some victims tried to report and were told there was no recourse. In some cases, victims disclosed to allies of the perpetrator who told them not to tell anyone else, further fortifying the prison of silence. Who would take the risk and report again after that?
14 Victims may have been committed a crime or infraction of rules around the time of the crime. Underage victims who have been drinking at a party, for example, could fear getting in trouble and decide it is not worth the risk of reporting the sexual assault.
15 Naming an act of sexual violence makes it real. Keeping silent is a way of protecting oneself.
16 The victim feels indebted to the perpetrator. For example, if the victim is an elite athlete, he or she may feel as if she owes the coach his or her silence.
17 Child victims may have been under the misguided impression that they were in a consensual relationship with a much older person. In this case, it can take a long time to realise that the “relationship” was actually a sexual crime.
Reasons Victims Choose To Come Forward After a Long Period of Silence
1. They establish geographical distance from their perpetrator and feel safer facing it.
2. Their assailant has died or been incarcerated for another crime.
3. Family members who would have been hurt by the allegation have died. If a perpetrator is the spouse of a parent, for example, victims might not want to hurt their parent by bringing forth allegations or risk being disbelieved by the parent.
4. They come to find out the perpetrator has had other victims and are no longer as worried about being believed.
5. They read a story about a similar incident and experience emotional distress about their own experience.
6. They have children the same age they were when their crimes were perpetrated and realise just how horrifying and wrong their own abuse was.
7. If a victim has repressed memories of the incident, he or she may report after recovering the memories. This phenomenon is common enough that several states have exceptions for recovered memories in their statutes of limitation regarding sex crimes.
8. They realise there are no statutes of limitations for the kind of crime he or she experienced and it is not too late to report the crime to police.
9. They are in a supportive relationship and finally have the emotional strength to report. Or, conversely, they are out of a bad relationship and have the emotional bandwidth to address it.
10. They attend therapy and realise that a lot of their psychological and emotional distress stems from past sexual violence they have never truly faced or addressed.
11. They cross paths with their perpetrator and old feelings of angst and anger resurface.
12. They begin to worry there are other victims and want to make sure that the perpetrator won’t harm anyone else.
13. They are tired of living the “I’m OK” mask and want to live a more authentic life.
14. They realise they haven’t done anything wrong and have no reason to remain silent.
In reply to the Writer and Commentator John Waters “morally indefensible” words on the 796 Babies found in a septic tank in Tuam County Galway. Waters spoke before a crowd of 200 people at the right wing Catholic University of University of Notre Dame du Lac, at South Bend, Indiana in America.
John Waters said-“
“He did object to how some media outlets in Ireland and internationally had reported the story, calling their journalism a “hoax”. Speaking on Saturday 11th. November 2017 at the University of Notre Dame, Waters denounced the use of the word “Holocaust” in relation to the deaths of children at the
Mother-and-Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway.” “There was no Holocaust in Tuam. Nothing happened in Tuam that remotely invites the description Holocaust. There was no mass murder. There is no evidence of a single murder. No section of the population of people was targeted by another or by anyone for the purposes of extermination,” he said. “No criminal acts are known to have been perpetrated. Nothing resembling a slaughter took place. There is no evidence that a single human being was killed either unlawfully or otherwise.” “It has never been revealed that 796 babies were buried in the septic tank in Tuam,” he said. Only a small quantity of bones, comprising about 20 bodies, has been found and they were not in a septic tank but in “a tunnel which was the equivalent of a crypt”. He added: “Remember this: without the septic tank there would be no story. This story would have never gotten to the New York Times without the septic tank.”
To using the word Holocaust I somewhat agree, Holocaust is not the right word in this context;- Holocaust meaning-Destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war. Oxford Dictionary.
This is in my opinion, a subtle play by the Irish Catholic Church to undermine what really happened at Tuam in Co Galway and other Mother-and-Baby Home up and down this land of Ireland by using the new media and political word “Hoax” to refute any news articles not favourable to itself. The methodologies of John Waters, one of many deniers are based on a predetermined conclusion that ignores overwhelming historical evidence about Tuam or other Mother-and-Baby Homes. Mr. Waters and others like him have implied - or openly stated -, that Tuam is either an exaggeration or a grand hoax arising out of a deliberate Survivors’ conspiracy, designed to advance the interest of Survivors and embarrass the Holy Irish Catholic Church and undermine the saintly people that work within their Institutions. Another denier like John Waters’ is Bill Donohue of the Catholic League of America, who said ;
"That Tuam babies horror is ‘Fake News’.”
“I do not believe the Commission of Investigation - I don’t believe the Irish Government, I don’t even believe the Irish Catholic Bishops, that significant human remains were found at the former Mother and Baby Home at Tuam, County Galway”.
Only he, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League in New York knows the truth -it is all 'Fake News,' nothing to see, no one to be held to account for 800 dead children in a Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway.
The Tuam denial movement bases its approach on the predetermined idea that Tuam, as understood by mainstream historiography, did not occur. The Commission of Investigation just made clear they have found “significant numbers of child remains” at Tuam, which takes Bill Donohue’s and John Waters, the Irish Catholic Church and other deniers to a whole new level of chutzpah and shamelessness. Sadly Tuam deniers attempt to rewrite history by minimising, denying or simply ignoring essential facts and the facts speak for themselves, 796 Babies remains were found in a septic tank in Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home. A negationist is a person who denies or refutes something; the denial of historical crimes against humanity. It is not a reinterpretation of known facts, but the denial of known facts. Negationism is mostly identified with the effort by deniers at re-writing history in such a way that the facts of the Tuam or other religious run institutions in Ireland are omitted.
Since the damning report of The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (The Ryan Report) was published on 20 May 2009, the Irish Catholic Church had already formed a contingency plan in case of further adverse publicity and their Bishops instructed the religious orders who ran the institutions to destroy the archival records that would implicate them directly in the worse atrocities they had committed. A near total destruction of the records took place,
The Irish Catholic Church and their deniers want to diminish the lives of the thousands of vulnerable babies and children in its care, who died and were dumped in pits, septic tanks and unmarked graves of many of the religious run Institutions in Ireland. Personally, after 18 years in Religious Run Institutions, I have never been able to describe my emotional reactions when I first read about the horrors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home and its septic tank and came face to face with indisputable evidence of the Irish Catholic Church’s brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency in the treatment of these babies and children. Up to that time I had known at first hand the horror of the Religious Orders. I am certain however, that I have experienced an equal sense of shock and shame when I learned of the horrific stories of the Irish Catholic Church’s brutality and murder in Tuam. But according to a growing army of Catholic deniers, these verified reports are just “propaganda”.
I have been to Tuam, County Galway this Summer, the visual evidence and the verbal testimony of many Survivors, talking about the cruelty and starvation they endured by the Religious Orders on them, daily. The injustice were so overpowering as to leave me with great anger, for there, I too lived for 18 years in similar Institutions and suffered my own nightmares and pain, humiliations, embarrassments, mortifications, shame, indignities, ignominy, that I carry like a worn overcoat, daily. All the humiliations, embarrassments, mortifications, shame, indignities, ignominy, pain, are also flushed into the septic tank with the disused babies and children of the Mother and Baby Home, in Tuam, County Galway. I proudly made the visit to Tuam deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand account of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to “propaganda” or denial, as is the ongoing denial of the Catholic Church Deniers. There is a growing sense of total disbelief by many people both at home in Ireland and around the World, which causes many to deny and call it “fake news”, the initial reports of the septic tank in Tuam, compounding this disbelief is the shock that it is Ireland we are talking about and not a war-torn county like Bosnian, with its genocide in Srebrenica, war crimes, and crimes against humanity were committed.
Some Religious Run Institutions with unexplained Death Problems
1. Tuam, Mother and Baby Home: 796 Babies and Children in a Septic Tank. with another possible 1,880 mothers and their children dumped under the children’s play-ground to the front of the Home.
2. Cavan Orphanage: a fire occurred on the night of 23 February 1943 at St Joseph's Orphanage in Cavan, Ireland. 35 children and 1 adult employee died as a result of the Nuns locking the children into the burning Buildings.
3. St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road Dublin, 3,500 Babies and Children dumped into a mass grave, and another few thousand in the grounds of the Mother and Baby Home.
4. High Park Convent, Dublin: 133 women and children were found in a secret pit on the grounds of High Park Convent. with another few hundred also dumped in a mass grave elsewhere.
5. Good Shepherd Convent, Sunday's Well, Cork: Hundreds of Babies and Children dumped into a mass pit,..
6. Bessborough Mother and Baby Home: hundreds of bodies of
Babies and Children dumped into a mass pit.
7. Sean Ross Abbey Mother-Baby Home: hundreds of bodies of Babies and Children dumped into a mass pit.
So the list is very long - 222 other Religious Run Institutions in Ireland, all with secret mass burial pits, with thousands of Bodies of Mothers, Babies and their Children.
So the deniers would have to deny all the unexplained deaths within these Institutions in Ireland. It would be the same as their denial of the Holocaust. So my question to the deniers is this: what number of dead children and their mothers would make a Holocaust? One? One hundred? One thousand? Ten thousand? Tens of thousands?… more?…If you add up all the dead Babies, Children, Mothers, or other Women over the life time of the Religious Run Institutions in Ireland, I bet it would come to close to 100,000 dead..When can we use the word Holocaus for the destruction or slaughter of indefensible women and vulnerable children on a mass scale - that’s the definition of the word Holocaust.
The Tuam deniers, like Bill Donohue, John Waters and the Irish Catholic Church, spread falsehoods and misinformation that can appear reasonable to the uninformed. The deniers claim that the numbers for Tuam Mother and Baby Home are impossibly large and that there isn’t the “slightest statistical basis” for the claim. But we have Survivors Testimony , local people with eyewitness evidence, physical evidence in the form of the septic tank with hundreds of children’s remains, and now photographic and forensic science evidence to back it all up. Finally we have a more recent and comprehensive study of the numbers through painstaking cross reference of death certificates by local historian Catherine Corless. As Deniers and Apologists claim the numbers were simply too incredible to be true, I must now sum it up with the words of a Judge who said;
“To say that these figures are incredible is an entirely credible and sane observation. This whole case is incredible. This is the case where the incredible has become the norm.”
The Irish Catholic Church once said that Survivors testimonies are “wholly unbelievable”.
List Below All with Unexplained deaths and Mass Burial Pits.
1. An Griana´n Training Centre, Grace Park Road, Dublin 9
2. Artane Industrial School for Senior Boys, Dublin 5
3. Baltimore Fishery School for Senior Boys, Baltimore, Co. Cork
4. Benada Abbey Industrial School for Girls, Ballymote, Co. Sligo
5. Carriglea Park Industrial School for Senior Boys, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
6. Cottage Home, Tivoli Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
7. Don Bosco House, Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
8. Family Group Home, Geevagh, Co. Sligo
9. Family Group Home, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
10. Family Group Home, Wexford
11. Kirwan House, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
12. Madonna House, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
13. Madonna House, Merrion Road, Dublin 4
14. Martanna House Hostel, Grace Park Road, Dublin 9
15. Miss Carr’s Children’s Home, 5 Northbrook Road, Dublin 6
16. Mount Carmel Industrial School for Girls, Moate, Co. Westmeath
Nazareth House, Sligo
17. Orphanage Schools, Convent of Mercy, Kells, Co. Meath
18. Our Boy’s Home, 95 Monkstown Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
19. Our Lady of Mercy Industrial School for Girls, Kinsale, Co. Cork
20. Our Lady of Succour Industrial School, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford
21. Our Lady’s Industrial School for Girls, Ennis, Co. Clare
22. Pembrook Alms (Nazareth House) Industrial School for Girls, Tralee, Co. Kerry
23. CPI Marino Special School, Bray, Co. Wicklow
24. Cork University Hospital School
25. Harcourt Street Hospital, Dublin 2
26. Holy Family School for Moderate Learning Disability, Charleville, Co. Cork
27. Our Lady of Good Counsel, Lota, Glanmire, Co. Cork
28. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
29. Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12
30 Sacred Heart Home, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
31. School of the Divine Child, Lavanagh, Ballintemple, Cork
32. School of the Holy Spirit, Seville Lodge, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
33. Scoil Ard Mhuire, Lusk, Co Dublin
34. Scoil Eanna, School of the Angels, Montenotte, Cork
35. Scoil Triest, Lota, Glanmire, Co. Cork
36. St. Martin’s Orphanage, Waterford
37. St. Clare’s Orphanage, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6
38. St. David’s, Lota, Glanmire, Co. Cork
39. St. Gabriel’s School, Curraheen Road, Cork
40. St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Tivoli Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
41. St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
42. St. Joseph’s Orthapaedic Hospital for Children, Coole, Co. Westmeath
43. St. Joseph’s School for the Visually Impaired, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
44. St. Kevin’s Reformatory, Glencree, Co. Wicklow
45. St. Martha’s Industrial School, Monaghan
46. St. Martha’s Industrial School, Merrion, Dublin 4
47. St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital, Baldoyle, Dublin 13
48. St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh, Dublin 11
49. St. Mary’s School for Visually Impaired Girls, Merrion, Dublin
50. St. Vincent’s Centre for Persons with Intellectual Disability, Lisnagry, Limerick
51. St. Vincent’s Orphanage, North William St, Dublin 9
52. St. Aidan’s Industrial School for Girls, Newross, Co. Wexford
53. St. Aloysius’ Industrial School for Girls, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
54. St. Ann’s Industrial School for Girls and Junior Boys, Renmore, Lenaboy, Co. Galway
55. St. Anne’s Industrial School for Girls, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
56. St. Anne’s Reformatory School for Girls, Kilmacud, Co. Dublin
57. St. Anne’s, Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
58. St. Augustine’s Industrial School for Girls, Templemore, Co. Tipperary
59. St. Augustine’s, Obelisk Park, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
60. St. Bernadette’s, Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork
61. St. Bernard’s Industrial School for Girls, Fethard, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary
62. St. Bridgid’s Industrial School for Girls, Loughrea, Co. Galway
63. St. Cecilia’s, Cregg House, Sligo
64. St. Clare’s Orphanage, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6
65. St. Coleman’s Industrial School for Girls, Cobh/Rushbrook, Co. Cork
66. St. Columba’s Industrial School for Girls, Westport, Co. Mayo
67. St. Conleth’s Reformatory School for Boys, Daingean, Co. Offaly
68. St. Dominick’s Industrial School for Girls, Waterford
69. St. Finbarr’s Industrial School for Girls, Sundays Well, Marymount, Cork
70. St. Francis Xavier’s Industrial School for Girls and Junior Boys, Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon
71. St. Francis’ & St Mary of the Angels, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry
72. St. Francis’ Industrial School for Girls, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
73. St. George’s Industrial School for Girls, Limerick
74. St. John’s Industrial School for Girls, Birr, Co. Offaly
75. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Boys, Passage West, Co. Cork
76. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Boys, Tralee, Co. Kerry
77. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls and Junior Boys, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
78. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls and Junior Boys, Clifden, Co. Galway
79. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls and Junior Boys, Liosomoine, Killarney, Co. Kerry
80. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Cavan
81. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Dundalk, Co. Louth
82. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Kilkenny
83. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Mallow, Co. Cork
84. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
85. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Whitehall, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
86. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Senior Boys, Ferryhouse, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
87. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Senior Boys, Glin, Co. Limerick
88. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Senior Boys, Greenmount, Cork
89. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Senior Boys, Letterfrack, Co. Galway
90. St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Senior Boys, Salthill, Co. Galway
91. St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Tivoli Road, Dun Laoghaire
92. St. Joseph’s Reformatory School for Girls, Limerick
93. St. Joseph’s School for Hearing Impaired Boys, Cabra, Dublin 7
94. St. Joseph’s School for the Visually Handicapped, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
95. St. Kyran’s Industrial School for Junior Boys, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
96. St. Laurence’s Industrial School for Girls, Sligo
97. St. Laurence’s Industrial School, Finglas, Dublin 11
98. St. Martha’s Industrial School for Girls, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
99. St. Mary’s Industrial School, Lakelands, Sandymount, Dublin 4
100. St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital, Baldoyle, Dublin 13
101. St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh, Finglas, Dublin 11 Sch.
102. St. Mary’s School for Hearing Impaired Girls, Cabra, Dublin 7
103. St. Mary’s, Delvin, Co. Westmeath
104. St. Mary’s, Drumcar, Dunleer, Co. Louth
105. St. Mary’s, Rochestown, Cork
106. St. Michael’s Industrial School for Girls, Wexford
107. St. Michael’s Industrial School for Junior boys, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford
108. St. Michael’s, Glenmaroon, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
109. St. Mura’s Orphanage, Fahan, Co. Donegal
110. St. Patrick’s Industrial School for Boys, Upton, Cork
111. St. Patrick’s Industrial School for Junior Boys, Kilkenny
112. St. Paul’s Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9
113. St. Paul’s, Montenotte, Cork
114. St. Saviour’s Orphanage, Lr. Dominick Street, Dublin 1
115. St. Vincent’s Industrial School for Junior Boys, Drogheda, Co. Louth
116. St. Vincent’s Industrial School for Girls, Limerick
117. St. Vincent’s Industrial School, Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin 8
118. St. Vincent’s Orphanage, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
119. St. Vincent’s, Navan Road, Dublin 7
120. Stewart’s Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin 20
121. Tabor House, Dublin
122. Temple Street Hospital, Dublin 1
123. The Bird’s Nest Home, 19 York Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
124. The Los Angeles Homes, Dublin
125. The O’Brien Institute, Malahide Road, Dublin
126. Trudder House, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
127. Warrenstown House, Corduff Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
The above List contains no Magdalen Asylums;-
List of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland;- All with Secret Burial Pits.
1 High Park Convent, Dublin
2 St. Finbarr’s Cork
3 Mercy Laundry, Galway
4 Good Shepherd Laundry, New Ross, Wexford
5 Bethany Home, Rathgar, Dublin
6 35. Ballsbridge Terrace Laundry, Dublin
7 Dun Laoghaire Laundry Dublin
8 Donnybrook Laundry, Dublin
9 Gloucester Street Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin
10 Good Shepherd Laundry, Sunday Wells, Cork
11 Good Shepherd Laundry, Waterford
Owen Felix O'Neill
Over the course of many decades the Irish Catholic Church - in collusion with Drug Companies and the Irish Government - conducted a series of medical experiments on vulnerable babies, orphan children and their mothers in the Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools and Orphanages that they controlled and ran. In most cases, these experiments resulted in death, disfigurement, or permanent disability. Especially disturbing, was the fact that the drugs being tested were known at the time to have serious side effects and the safety of children and women was knowingly being put at risk.
Several of the illegal drug testings on the vulnerable babies and orphan children in the Mother and Baby Home, Industrial Schools and Orphanages in Ireland, reported that the children and babies suffered constant side effects such as unknown sores and rashes, violent vomiting and violent spasms, with sudden involuntary muscular contractions and convulsive movements. Haematemesis, which is the vomiting of blood was very common, and the panicked Nuns that ran the Mother and Baby Home and Orphanages in Ireland didn’t know how to react as the babies and children died in front of them. In one secret medical report, drug company researchers reported a “disturbing” higher death rate among the children and babies who took higher doses of these experimental drugs. Many researchers were unable to determine a safe and effective dosage that they were giving to the vulnerable babies and orphan children. In many cases the child’s rectum was the route used for the illegal drug medications with other fluids, and resulted in rectal bleeding because the rectum’s blood vessels couldn’t absorb the quantity of untried and untested drugs being pumped into the child. The illegal drug experiments also disturbed the child’s circulatory system and their developing organs.
The Medical drug Companies who carried out the illegal experiments told the gullible Nuns that there was minimal or no risk to the child, and that the child would directly benefit because of the drugs given. The Irish Catholic Church was paid a handsome price, as were the greedy Nuns. The murderous cabal then counted out for the duplicitous Church their “thirty pieces of blood soaked silver”. That’s all they considered Jesus to be worth, but an orphan child from a Mother and Baby Home, Industrial School or Orphanage, was worth more dead than alive - a thousand times that. The Irish Catholic Church leaders used their thirty pieces of bloody criminal silver to buy and sell more vulnerable babies and orphan children, acquire more buildings, churches and fields, paralleling the story in the Bible of Matthew 27;6-10, except in the fields that the Church bought, they furrowed the fields with the blood and remains of the thousands of murdered babies and children that they couldn’t sell back to the Medical Drug Companies, who experimented and killed them in the first place. The Irish Catholic Church speaks mere words. With worthless oaths they make covenants and judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of their field.
The vulnerable babies and orphan children in the Mother and Baby Home, Industrial Schools and Orphanages in Ireland, were usually involuntarily placed in artificial environments, usually in special rooms within the harsh Institutions for the duration of the illegal drug experiments. The child’s behaviour was monitored by both the researchers and the willing Nuns.The drug experiments caused great distress and abnormal behaviours among the vulnerable babies and orphan children, most of whom were strapped into their cots or beds. All the children were in a heightened state of distress, much like the phenomenon of contagious anxiety. Cortisone levels rose in the children watching another child being restrained for blood collection. Blood pressure and heart rates would be elevated in children watching other children being prodded and poked, and fed tubes of running liquid.
Routine research procedures, such as catching a screaming child and removing him or her from their cot beds, in addition to the experimental procedures, did cause significant and prolonged elevations in vulnerable babies and orphan children's stress markers. These stress-related changes in physiological parameters caused by the researchers’ procedures and the child’s environment can and did, have significant effects on test results. Stressed out vulnerable babies and orphan children, for example, developed chronic inflammatory conditions and intestinal leakage. Because of the stressful conditions, some of the children and babies had strokes.
Many of the experimental medical drugs failed in the clinical trials causing confusion among the researchers, with different readings which added variables that confounded the data the researchers were gathering. Under closer scrutiny, it is not difficult to surmise why more than 3,750 of these potential therapies failed. The Medical Drug Companies also introduced or reintroduced the diseases in the children, so as to observe the effect that the different experimental drug reactions had on the child which was very important to the researchers. Many of the experimental drugs given to the children contributed to a high failure rate in the new drugs being developed; the downside was the painful, slow death of the child.
Usually, when a child was found wanting, or the medical drug failed, various reasons were proffered by the researchers to explain to the Drug Company what went wrong with the experiments, citing poor methodology, inexperienced Nuns and poorly trained drug company researchers, with the addition, their lack of knowledge of preexisting disease and medications already administered to the children. The wrong gender or age of the child were also factors that certainly required consideration. Recognition of each potential difference between different children’s diseases motivated renewed efforts to eliminate these differences and were worked out by the Nuns and Drug Company Researchers in seeking their next batch of guinea pig children. So diseases and conditions were reintroduced to the new batch of vulnerable babies and orphan children and the illegal medical experiments continued.
Many of the children were injected with new, untried immunomodulatory drugs. Within minutes of receiving the experimental new drugs, many vulnerable babies and orphan children suffered a severe adverse reaction resulting in life-threatening problems which led to catastrophic systemic organ failure. Some medical drugs used were designed to fail by attacking the vulnerable children’s immune systems instead. The stone-faced researchers watched the stressed-out child struggling in pain while the Nuns who were observing, prayed, but never once intervened to help the struggling child. Many of the vulnerable babies and orphan children were given or underwent repeat-dose toxicity and given many times the normal dose for a few consecutive weeks. All of course went devastatingly wrong.
Many babies and orphan children who survived were permanently scarred and harmed and many would die. Imprecise results from the experiments resulted in clinical trials of biologically faulty and harmful substances being used thereby exposing the children to unnecessary risk and even death. The children that have survived, now adults, have been significantly impacted in many ways with unexplained illnesses, in addition none had medical histories to call upon, so unusual or unexplained cancers developed, stressed heart problems, with leaky valves, like bicuspid aortic valves, and much more. Almost all documentations has conveniently disappeared, both from the Religious Run Institutions and the Drug Companies that carried out the illegal medical drug trails. The complicit Irish Government now claims that they were misled by the safety and efficacy profile of the new drugs based on the experiments carried out in many of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools and Orphanages.
Who would allow a person or organisation to administer painful and experimental medical drugs to vulnerable Babies and Children in Orphanages? Who but the compliant Irish Catholic Church - and they did it purely for the money. The Catholic Church has always been thought of as the caretakers of mankind’s soul, while the medical profession was considered the healer of human health. The trust of both was, and is, sacred. But something went radically wrong, both lost their morals and ethics, their personal and professional compass for right and wrong, by allowing untested and illegal medical drugs to be used on vulnerable Babies, their Mothers and orphan Children in Religious Orphanages, in Ireland. The Irish Catholic Church’s evil is perceived as the dualistic antagonistic opposite of good, in which evil, itself prevail and good was defeated.
The Irish Catholic Church’s part in these illegal medical experiments, is egregious, outrageous, and shocking. The Irish Catholic Church violated the trust placed in them by humanity. The most painful truth is for the most part the Irish Catholic Church committed crimes against Humanity and lived a life, and lie, unlike their victims.
As a society, we have to confront the dark past and the reality that both the Irish Catholic Church and the Medical Drug Companies are guilty of the premeditated murder of vulnerable Babies and Children in Irish Orphanages. Medical and illegal drugs used on these vulnerable children, masquerading as research, resulted in the deaths of defenceless Babies and Children in the many religious run Institutions of Ireland. Why do we as a society have great difficulty condemning both the Medical Drug Companies and the Irish Catholic Church as evil? My question is this: Is it ever appropriate to use research as morally repugnant as that which was extracted from the vulnerable Babies and Children in Irish Orphanages for six decades and openly encouraged by the Irish Catholic Church, purely for money? If so, under what circumstances? We as a society need to comprehend fully the magnitude of this issue - the death of probably thousands of vulnerable Babies and Children in Irish Orphanages in these drug experiments - with both moral clarity and brutal honesty. When is the enormous and unspeakable suffering of those vulnerable Babies and Children who perished in (and those who survived) these horrendous Religious Run Institutions ever acceptable.
Let’s pull no punches here. The Medical Drug Companies performed insidious illegal medical experiments upon helpless, defenceless Babies and Children, in Irish Orphanages for six decades.These acts of barbarity were characterised by several shocking features: defenceless children were forced against their will to become human guinea pigs in very dangerous studies; who were selected solely if their mothers or parents were dead; and all the innocent children were enticed and bribed with sweets to endure incredible suffering, mutilation, and indescribable pain. Sadly the illegal medical drug experiments were often deliberately designed to terminate in a fatal outcome. We know that the medical drug experiments were conducted in an unethical manner, so can the research results be considered scientifically reliable? And yes - the Medical Companies used the data collected from the experiments to make vast profits at the expense of the hapless Orphans.
To this day the Medical Drug Company have the data but refuse to release it. In recent years, there has been a sharp debate regarding the scientific validity of these illegal medical drug trials and whether research gathered from the lethal experiments on the defenceless Babies and Children of Ireland, can be used in any way by the scientific community. The answer is that all the data gathered was used to enrich the drug companies who made hundreds of millions of dollars on the backs of these defenceless Babies and Children in Irish Orphanages with the willing and active participation of the reprehensible Irish Catholic Church, who also reaped tens of millions for themselves at the expense of the most vulnerable in Irish society - orphan children in the wretched Irish Orphanages, controlled by the Church and run by the Religious Orders. Remember that thousands of Babies and Children died from malnutrition in the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland, with thousands more, suffering from constant malnutrition and many more suffering from anorexia. Again let’s be absolutely clear, the despicable Irish Catholic Church and the odious Medical Drug Companies are and were morally tainted and soaked with the blood of its orphan victims, the Babies, their Mothers, and Children.
What good derives from this evil?, I ask myself. What kind of "good" could be salvaged from the illegal medical drug experiments and the resulting deaths and disabilities performed on these defenceless Babies and Children in Irish Orphanages, who society dumped into these hellholes of religious run Institutions? What was the benefit of these wicked experiments? The many deaths of hapless children - is that acceptable? Can it be ever be justified? The Irish Catholic Church thinks so, and the Drug Companies claim that society in general benefited. Of course they also claim that the children benefited, but in reality many children died, and many more Survivors wander around aimlessly, confused, and with known and unknown medical problems to sort out. They have no answers to their many questions stemming from their wretched childhoods at the mercy of both the Religious Orders that ran the Institutions and the Medical Drug Companies that used them as unwilling guinea pigs.
Since the dead orphan babies and children can no longer represent themselves, I will always speak out for them and, indeed, for myself, for I too was the subject of a few medical drug experiments in both St. Patrick’s on the Navan Road, Dublin and St. Philomena’s Home Stillorgan County Dublin. From the age of 18 months I was experimented on and, as a result, I couldn’t walk for the first four years of my life and I still bear scars, each as big as a euro coin, on my left arm, the other scars are invisible, and are many, my personal childhood traumas and my mental scars, I will carry, like a dead weight cross, to my final resting place, my peaceful grave. Owen Felix O’Neill
Every city, town, village and hamlet in Ireland had its group of willing, righteous collaborators, both male and female. The morality police that struck fear into the heart of every city, town and village and hamlet in Ireland. The Catholic Church collaborators coordinated a reign of utter terror who on behalf of the Irish Catholic Church, enforced Catholic Church doctrine in respect to religious dress code and social behaviour, and the precepts of Irish Catholic Church morality. The Irish Catholic Church encouraged these local religious police, through various women groups and male groups, such as the powerful organisation of the Legion of Mary. The Irish Catholic Church justified this with the Catholic Church Catechism, in the promotion of local virtue and to prevention sinful vice, such as sex.
These local groups in every city, town, village and hamlet in Ireland were tasked with enforcing this harsh Irish Catholic Church morality as defined by the Irish Catholic Church, reflecting the Irish Catholic Church teachings on sexual morality. In the Lenten pastorals of 1924 the Catholic Bishops made their preoccupations unmistakably clear. The Irish Catholic Bishops in their Lenten pastorals refer to the existence of many abuses. Chief among these were women’s fashions, immodest dress, indecent dancing, theatrical performances and cinema exhibitions, evil literature, evil drink, unsupervised wanking, and the demons and temptations, of masturbations, self-gratification of the genitals with the hand for sexual pleasure. A constant obsession among this litany of putative abuses, one, obsession remained constant and central for the next decade by the Irish Catholic Church, the dangers attributed to the morals of the young posed by unlicensed dance halls and unsupervised dancing of any sort. This popular rural pastime became a classic terrain of fantasy projection and pseudo knowledge, involving a potent brew of alleged sources of evil and degradation: cars, darkness, jazz music and the prospect of illicit and unsupervised bonking, the indulgence or satisfaction of one's own desires or horror of horrors, between the sexes.
The humble motor car was seen as an instrument of seduction in the hands of unscrupulous males. Cardinal MacRory in his pastoral letter of 1931 stressed the danger of too much mobility. Just as the advent of the railways was treated with horror by a section of Victorian Ireland, the bicycle was condemned by The Times in 1898 as adding an ominous dimension of mobility to the ‘organised terrorism of the streets’. Even the present travelling facilities make a difference. By bicycle, motor car and bus, boys and girls can now travel great distances to dances, with the result that a dance in the quietest country parish may now be attended by unsuitable boys or girls from a distance. The Irish Clergy were not against dancing in principle – as long as the dances were Irish, confined, of course, to the modest Ceili Dances and not the wilder and less restrained set dances, and the strict supervision by the local Parish Priest or an elderly unrelenting woman, appointed by the local Priest. Girls were forbidden to ride bicycles, as the seat of the bicycle were unsuitable, and never alone with a boy, sitting on the front handles or any other position of the bicycle.
As to music if it wasn’t Irish, then it was “Down with Jazz and out with Paganism” according to the Irish Catholic Church. A letter from Cardinal McRory was read out at all Catholic Churches in Ireland, read, “I know nothing about jazz dancing except that I understand that they are suggestive and demoralising: but jazz apart, all night dances are objectionable on many grounds and in country districts and small towns are a fruitful source of scandal and ruin, spiritual and temporal. To how many poor innocent young girls have they not been an occasion of irreparable disgrace and lifelong sorrow”. The campaign was given official Irish State blessing by Eamonn de Valera, at the time.
A Law was passed in Ireland at the time a draconian Law, making it practically impossible to hold dances without the sanction of the trinity of Clergy, Police and Judiciary. With its passing, the Irish Catholic Church Hierarchy could rest content that its proposals for the legal control of personal morality had, without serious modification, been transformed into Irish Law. This was the rigid and power of the Irish Catholic Church at the time, really to this day.
These local collaborators, also enforce Catholic Church dress-codes, and helped to ensure shop closures during the Sunday mass times or other religious events. these groups also enforced local laws at the local pubs and the sale of alcoholic beverages and the eating of meat on Friday. The Irish Catholic Church, also monitored television shows and movies which has material contrary to Irish Catholic Church law and morality. Additionally, the willing local collaborators actively prevented the practice or proselytising of other religions within Ireland.
No sex outside marriage was the order of the day. Then, once a woman was married, there was no limit to her abuse and she would endure the brutality daily. A good wife, according to the Irish Catholic Church must do her duty, accepting the run by her man in all matters, and accept willingly all the children God blessed her with. Everything that happened to her was ‘God’s Will, including rape and beatings. No mistaking the mission there – Women were vassals for men, lie down and take what’s coming.
A Catholic pamphlet published in 1957 ordered that, Catholic women, privileged to be passive, patient, meek, restrained, tolerant and self-repressed, were to say this prayer daily;- From the Pamphlet;-
“Have pity on me, O Blessed Virgin. Talk to God for me. Tell him I am a poor ignorant creature, full of nothing but sin and misery. I know the closer I come to Thy Son the nearer I must come to Calvary. I now accept, most willingly and lovingly, whatever trials, crosses, temptations, humiliations, afflictions and death that it may please Thee to send me. Do with me whatever Thou whilst, only grant me the grace of perfect resignation. Amen.”
Women in Catholic Ireland, especially poor or uneducated women, were mere chattels of men, incapable of intelligent thought. Expectations were low. Times were tough. Women had no choice in how they led their lives, once they got married, forbidden from working, except in family duties. Many women bore multiple babies, some women were celebrated for having as many as twenty or more children. Their strong Catholic faith kept them going, as did local fear and terror. Sure a few marriages were happy, for young children, reared in a home where the mother was content with her lot, it was indeed the ideal situation. The children grew up secure and happy, but many marriages were dreadful, women put up with drunken and brutal, and cruel husbands and were declared to be “pure saints”, they would be rewarded in the afterlife of Heaven, so said the Irish Catholic Church. Catholic Ireland was a monstrous hoax. Rampant pro-abortion forces had nothing on God’s little executioners when it came to children out of wedlock. The sin of having sex outside marriage was all encompassing. The progeny of such sex were the devil’s spawn and according to the Irish Catholic Church the unwed mothers and their children were to be punished for ever in life.
One of its main tasks and usefulness of local collaborators were spying on the local population, mainly through a vast network of Irish citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition to the Irish Catholic Church’s teachings, by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of any groups outside local Catholic Church control, which were viewed as hostile and un-catholic, like the Church of Ireland, the Quakers, and other different religious groups. The local collaborators did this by collecting all local gossip. The main purpose was for the local Catholic Church to control Irish society. The local Parish Priest encouraged this informing from his alter and through his control of the local schools, the local Parish Priest wanted to know in advance who was screwing who, who wasn’t attending mass, who was sinning. The Irish Catholic Church was surrounded by willing informers, that created mistrust and widespread fear locally, the most important tool to oppress the local Irish people, were the willing local collaborators. What many Irish people don’t know is most Parishes in Ireland kept secret files in their local Parish parochial houses controlled by the Parish Priest.
These nosey parkers, were a people of an overly inquisitive and prying nature. As Robert Montgomery's satire The Age Reviewed, in 1828 said;-
“The scyophantic [sic] gang Whine through the kingdom with deceitful slang; Till nasty, nosy gabble mouth'd for hire, Puff their mean souls into Presumption's fire”.
The real overt terror of the Irish Catholic Church extensive and secret methods of control and psychological manipulation, including personal relationships of the target, for which the Irish Catholic Church relied on its network of informal collaborators, the powerful Irish Catholic Church’s power over Irish State institutions, using targeted psychological attacks and blackmail, the Irish Catholic Church tried and did deprive Irish elected officials of any chance of a "hostile action” against the powerful interests of the Irish Catholic Church. The goal of the Irish Catholic Church was to destroy secretly the self-confidence of anyone who opposed them, for example by damaging their reputations, by organising failures in their work or if writers, banning or burning their books, or destroying their personal relationships. The Irish Catholic Church didn't try to destroy, it preferred to paralyse them, and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many Irish State run Institutions. Many people that were the Civil Servants owed their allegiances to the Irish Catholic Church first, and not to the Irish State, the Republic of Ireland. Many leading Irish Politicians stated publicly, that they were Catholic first, and Irish citizens second.
The Irish Catholic Church exploited personal traits against many Irish politicians, such as telling selected groups or friendly newspapers that the person was or is a deviant a homosexual, as well as supposed character weaknesses of the targeted individual, for example a professional failure, unmarried, negligence of his parental duties, has pornographic interests, is divorced, suffers alcoholism, has dependence on medications, has criminal tendencies, or has contacts with a wide circle of other deviants, or even the veil of shame from the rumours poured out upon one's circle of acquaintances. From the point of view of the Irish Catholic Church, the measures were the most fruitful when they were applied in connection with a personality; all "schematism" had to be avoided.
The Irish Catholic Church manipulated relations of friendship, love, marriage, and family by anonymous letters, telegrams and telephone calls as well as compromising photos, often altered. In this manner, parents and children were supposed to systematically become strangers to one another. To provoke conflicts and extramarital relations the Irish Catholic Church used willing local collaborators, many of the stories were made up, innuendos invented by the willing local collaborators, and embellished by the local Irish Catholic Church at local Sunday Mass. To sow mistrust within the local community, the Irish Catholic Church made believe that certain members were unofficial collaborators; moreover by spreading rumours and manipulated gossip, the Irish Catholic Church feigned indiscretions with unofficial collaborators. Usually, victims had no idea that the Irish Catholic Church were responsible and indeed, it is probable that they not always were. Many thought that they were losing their minds, and mental breakdowns and suicide could result. The 'dissolution' is likely at least occasionally intended to carry the same connotation as in such uses as dissolution of marriage, 'breakdown of the traditional family unit.
Revelations of the Irish Catholic Church's malicious tactics are always met with some degree of disbelief by many Irish people today. Many still nowadays express incomprehension at how the Irish Catholic Church's collaborators could have participated in such inhuman actions, but they did, it was part of Irish life then and it is still sadly engrained in Irish life to this very day. Over three quarters of a million women and girls in Ireland were subject to these willing local collaborators. Many a life was ruined forever, and many women and girls ended up imprisoned in Religious Run Institutions such as the dozen odd Magdalene Laundries operating throughout Ireland. Many dying there from over work, brutality and even murder.
These local collaborators gained special notoriety for their excessive zeal in "maintaining" local Irish Catholic Church control of virtue and the prevention of sinful vice. As the Irish Catholic Church said, we want to help the Irish people to move toward God, Ireland’s “the special position” as the first true Catholic State in the World. “The Irish State acknowledges that the true religion is that established by Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ Himself, which he committed to his Church to protect and propagate, as the guardian and interpreter of true morality,” “It acknowledges, moreover, that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.” We as the Holy Mother Church, must help through every possible means, such as education, preaching, and encouragement, we must use all available means if necessary to maintain our position as the one true religion. Local collaborators were tasked with implementing strict Irish Catholic Church interpretations of Catholic morality as it existed. Owen Felix O’Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017