Tony Mac Mahon, Farewell to Music
SNAP (SURVIVORS NETWORK OF THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS)
Barbara Blaine, the founder and president of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an international advocacy group for survivors of clerical sexual abuse, has come out in support of a campaign to have the Artane School of Music disbanded.
SNAP is supporting a motion by Dublin councillor Mannix Flynn for the disbandment of the music school, an establishment jointly run by the Christian Brothers and the GAA. The band in its current form wear the original and traditional insignia and uniforms worn by the band from when it started at a time when children attending St Joseph’s Industrial School in Artane were subjected to sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the religious.
Speaking from Chicago in support of councillor Flynn, Blaine said: “I believe that so much suffering and pain has been caused to those who lived through the horrors of the industrial school in Artane. They have been through enough. We should be doing all we can to prevent any further pain and suffering.”
If you are heading out into the heart of the city of Dublin tonight for Culture night do check out various sites by Farcry Productions (www.farcryproductions.ie)
There has been a special guest put up in one of the windows just for Culture night
Proclamation translated into Arabic, Chinese, Gaeilge, French, Polish and Russian. To find the German translation you will have to walk to The Oak Pub on Dame Street and look up above the door!
A video installation on Dame Street – Georges street of 13 women who contributed greatly to Irish culture, heritage and the establishment of the Irish Republic.
Some of you might be interested in this two day conference at Liberty Hall. The event is free but you must register through the email at the bottom of this press release. It is a public event and open to all.
31st May-June 1st
List of speakers can be found here: http://conflictandthecity.ie/speakers/
CONFLICT + THE CITY – Public Conference in Liberty Hall Theatre (FREE)
Dublin City Council’s Heritage Office, in conjunction with UCD Decade of Centenaries, is organising a two-day Public Conference entitled‘Conflict + The City’ in Liberty Hall Theatre. The Conference is aimed at the general public and admission is free.
Over the two days speakers will engage with the audience in discussing the effect of war on the streets and buildings of cities, the rebuilding that then happens and how this affects the way we experience our cities today. Day one will mostly concentrate on Dublin post-rebellion (and post-1922) and then broaden out to look at major cities across Europe with international speakers focusing on Beirut and Berlin. Day two will look at Jerusalem, Belfast, Sarajevo, and the contemporary situation in Calais, for examples.
Speaking about the conference, Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer with Dublin City Council said “This conference is designed for the general public, for anyone who has an interest in Dublin and how the city was rebuilt after the conflicts that took place from 1916 to 1922. But as well as that, we will be placing Dublin in a greater European context and looking at the effect of conflicts on other great European cities. A host of International speakers, together with local experts will deliver talks on an aspect of the city that has yet to be explored.”
Dr. Ellen Rowley of UCD said “Staying in the twentieth century, this two-day public conference will present research into various architectures of war and cities in repair, from Beirut to Blitz-time London; from Cold War bunkers to Belfast’s peace-lines. Today, in Dublin, much of how we move through, spend time in and experience the city comes out of the 1920s reconstruction projects. The scars of conflict and the efforts towards rebuilding resonate through Dublin’s architecture, almost 100 years later.”
The conference is free but booking is essential.
For more information see W: www.conflictandthecity.ie
E: email@example.com T: (01) 222 3090
Everyday I will post a short biography and image from the ‘Something to Live for’ window installation at Parliament Street/Cork Hill/Dame Street Dublin.
Today is Kate O Callaghan who had a major influence on the cultural life and politics of Limerick City.
Kate Murphy was born near Macroom, Cork in 1885. She had 14 brothers and sisters, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. She obtained a degree from the Royal University followed by teacher training in Cambridge. She took up her sister Máire’s post as a teacher in Limerick at Mary Immaculate College.
In July 1914 she married Michael O’ Callaghan and passed her job on to another sister, Éilis. She joined the Gaelic League along with her sisters and was a founder member of the Cumann na mBan Limerick branch . Her jusband became Lord Mayor of Limerick in 1920 and was shot dead by masked men in front of her (believed to be Black and Tans), She was left a widow at 35 years of age. She began a campaign to countermand the authroities ‘version’ that he had been killed by and extreme element of the IRA. Her pamphlet, The Limerick Curfew Murders, was circulated in Ireland, England and America.
In 1921 Kate was elected to the Dáil. She opposed the Treaty and in 1922 called for increased women’s suffrage. She lost her seat in 1923 but remained a very active member of the cultural life of the city and was a member of the Limerick Drama Society, Féile Luimnigh, Limerick Art Gallery and the Gaelic League. When she died in 1961 members of the old IRA carried her coffin draped with the tri-colour. She was buried at Mount St Lawrence cemetery next to her husband.
Link to The Limerick Curfew Murders http://museum.limerick.ie/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/11690
SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE OF INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE
CARANUA INFORMATION EVENT DAYS
Please see below information events and dates that Caranua (service name of the Residential Institutions Statutory fund).
Institutions covered link to list of Institutions
For those living in Dublin the event takes place next Saturday 12th March (10am-1pm) in the Gresham hotel. For all of those who have suffered as a result of the institutions as defined in the Ryan Report and other such reports this public meeting by Caranua is important to you, as this organization is charged with administering assistance to those who suffered in such institutions. It was set up by the then Minister Ruairi Quinn and has a budget in excess of 100 million euros which was part of an overall compensation package designed to address education, social and health issues, counselling, mental health and emotional issues.
Many of the former residents are elderly and infirm and many are in substandard accommodation. Caranua offers assistance with some house improvements, personal health issues and educational issues by way of financial support in the payment of bills.
It does not offer direct financial support by way of cash to individuals but is more to assist and help and support with provision of services and goods.
If you know of anybody who was in any of these institutions and could do with assistance and support and the relevant information regarding how to access such supports you should inform them to attend these meetings where relevant information will be supplied and also it’s an opportunity to somewhat socialize and meet others.
See you all there at the Gresham, next Saturday.
It is also important to note at such gatherings that anonymity and boundary and confidentiality are important to us all and above all to treat each other with courtesy and respect.
|City||Venue||Date and Time||Type of event
|Dublin||Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St, Dublin||Saturday 12th March 10am – 1pm||In addition to Caranua, other organisations will also have information stands at the event.|
|Manchester||MacDonald Manchester Hotel, London Road, Piccadilly, Manchester||Saturday 9th April 10.30am – 1pm||This event will only involve Caranua|
|Cork||River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork||Saturday 23rd April 10am – 1pm||In addition to Caranua, other organisations will also have information stands at the event.|
|Galway||Radisson Blu Hotel, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway||Saturday 14th May 10am – 1pm||In addition to Caranua, other organisations will also have information stands at the event.|