Tony Mac Mahon, Farewell to Music
Today Brendan Kennelly, his life and work, will be celebrated at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin in the presence of President Michael D. Higgins, Brendan Kennellys family and his many admirers from around the country.
It is a great honour for the Capital City of Dublin, where Brendan lived and taught and wrote for decades to bestow this occasion upon him.
Below is a poem that will resonate to the many out there who suffer from addiction and cling to hope. Don’t give up. Go forward.
(FOR DR JOHN COONEY)
The horror of accusing morning light
Condemns me to another hideous day
Did someone cry? What did I do last night?
Was someone hurt? Insulted? What did I say?
My hands are crazy, blood streaks my eyes,
Jeering images flash havoc through my mind,
My mouth is full of muck and stupid lies,
I”m hell, I know hell’s taste and smell and sound.
Healer, I hear you speak: your head and heart
Help many a suffering man and woman
While I, like countless women and men,
Am learning how to tend and heal each hurt
With candid, gentle words profoundly human
Thanks to you, hope lives again’
Brenday Kennelly ©
Today a group of us took to the streets of Coolock at Northside Civic Centre where my motion regarding the history of the Artane Band and the Artane Industrial School was put before the North Central Area Committee. In what can only be described as a gross act of denial only one Councillor voted in favour of the motion. (Cllr Michael O Brien)
Denial ruled the day. It was an act of shocking violence the deafening silence. How can it be that the findings of the Ryan Report and the finding of serious Garda inquiry into child abuse, wholesale criminal and sexual violence that was perpetrated in Artane industrial school can be written out of history?
It is a great shame that the Cllrs in this instance chose to keep Ireland and it’s people in the dark and protect the Christian Brothers and their manifestation through the present Artane Band. The people of Artane and indeed the North Central Area need now to stand up to this shameless shameful act.
The paedophiles and rapists and child abusers will take great comfort in today’s decision by this area committee and its councillors. While we, the people who experienced this abuse in our childhood, carry a much heavier burden as a result of today’s refusal by the Cllrs to acknowledge the true and proven history of the Artane Boys Band, the Artane Band and the Artane Industrial School.
Like the dark days of the beginning of this journey for justice, we stood alone against the Catholic Church, the Christian Brothers and the orders of nuns. Sad today, that we stood alone again at the North Side Civic Centre.
We take comfort from the many people, local residents who we met, all of whom understood our issue and were fully supportive.
We thank you for your hospitality and we will be visiting with you again soon.
Truth and Justice are what we seek.
These two motions below were fully supported last month by all but two Councillors at the North Central Area Committee Meeting.
Again supporting a true denial of the accurate and true history of the Artane Industrial School and the Artane Boys Band – Artane Band. History repeats itself in the form of gross denial. Our lives don’t matter.
I just started a petition: Disband the Artane Band.
It is no longer appropriate, with what we now know, about residential institutional child abuse at St Josephs Artane, that this band, should be still in existence, wearing the uniform of that institution – St Josephs Industrial School Artane, and making statements that they are proud of their history when in actual fact, the vast part of that history was engulfed in horrendous human rights breaches upon children, including child sex abuse at St Josephs Industrial school, Artane, where the band was founded.
We who are the survivors should not have to endure the ordeal of this band in that uniform, parading around Croke Park, or any other public place. This is a constant active reminder of our ordeals and every effort should be made for this to stop.
Our lives, in those institutions, matter. What happened to us matters. We have a right to get on with our lives to recover and to heal. The Artane Band, in its present form, is a major obstacle to that process. No other band of its type would be allowed to get away with what they are getting away with. The band is still under the control fo the Christian Brothers through the Artane Music School.
If enough people sign my petition, we can make a difference.
If there’s anyone you know who might be able to help me spread the word, please let me know. Thanks so much — I really appreciate your help!
Kind regards, Gerard Mannix Flynn
IRISH STATE WHITE WASH
The design for the Government/Irish State memorial as recommended in the http://www.childabusecommission.com/rpt/pdfs/ Ryan Report – Commission to enquire into child abuse in Residential Schools is seeking planning permission. This premature gesture, in the form of a memorial/monument is more of a crushing blow to truth, transparency and justice than any of the horrendous testimonies contained in the Ryan Report itself. This pseudo attempt by the State/Government of the Republic of Ireland to address the issues of torture and inhumane treatment of children in its care is an outrage in itself and an insult to those who are continuing to struggle for justice and accountability for the many crimes committed against them in State sanctioned and religious run institutions on the Island of Ireland.
Recently, the First Minister and deputy First Minster of Northern Ireland extended the terms for the http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/historical-institutional-abuse inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. This is a Statutory Inquiry. Many such inquiries have yet to be established throughout the length and breath of Ireland in every parish to uncover the truth of what happened to generations of children at the hands of the most trusted. The more difficult issues of responsibility, accountability and securing justice for the abused still appear to be a long way off. Justice is still being denied to thousands of individuals who were brutalised in institutions in the Irish Republic and few of those who did the brutalising have had to face any consequences for their behaviour. While these core matters remain unresolved, erecting this memorial is premature, a folly built on sand.
Memorials are about the past and the issues of physical, emotional and sexual abuse in Irish institutions are not yet historical. Certainly not for the women forced to toil in the http://www.magdalenelaundries.com Magdalene Laundries, nor for the children of the “http://www.indymedia.ie/article/100060 Bethany homes, Mother and baby homes, the trafficked children or those abused in day-schools,or the most recent report into the child prison,http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2012/1020/1224325505278.html St Patricks Institution Dublin, none of whom have yet had the wrongs done to them acknowledged, heard or redressed. Until their stories are heard and honoured, erecting a ‘monument’ is, at the very least, insensitive.
Doubly so when it is sponsored by the same State which was a co-accused and a guilty party to their abuse. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/the-indemnity-deal-at-a-glance-1747692.html
The time to memorialise an issue like this is only when all that can be put right has been put right. That time is not yet here.
This memorial is a whitewash and an avoidance of truth by the very people who were engaged in the joint venture of torture and inhumane treatment of generations of children, the Irish State.
“The reports on child abuse highlight how the law did not serve or apply to all members of Irish society equally. Despite the severity of the crimes revealed in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne reports which range from physical assault to rape, very few perpetrators have been convicted. The neglect and abuse in these reports can be categorized as torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under human rights law. The children’s right to be free from slavery and forced labour were contravened.”
Amnesty International Ireland Report, October 2011
What can you do?
Write to Dublin City Council Planning Department and raise your objections to this obstacle to justice, truth and exclusion. The web reference on Dublin City Council website 1196/12
Email your objections:Planning@dublincity.ie”Planning@dublincity.ie
An inscription of the ‘apology’ of former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, is proposed to dominate the tunnel. This same person is responsible for the indemnity deal between the Irish State and Church. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/the-indemnity-deal-at-a-glance-1747692.html (See also Bruce Arnold, ‘The Irish Gulag’ page 122 – The Secret Deal)
As you can see from the plans the tunnel is designed to come out at the head of a crucifix in the Garden of Remembrance. A highly inappropriate symbol to be merged into any memorial to children who have been abused by the State and Church.View the plans of the ‘OPW’ memorial on our site at Essex Street, Temple Bar Dublin.