The Poor Clares and the 35 Orphans they Murdered.
The Tragedy of St. Joseph’s Orphanage & Industrial School Fire. While World War 2 rampaged throughout Europe and the wider world, closer to home, here in Ireland a complete disaster was unfolding and for two days, the tragic inferno that raged through St. Joseph’s Orphanage & Industrial School in Cavan Town, killing 35 enslaved children and an elderly care woman, Miss Margaret Smith at 80 years of age, still enslaved as the Cook, dominated the headlines here at home and further afield. This cataclysmic fire brings the chaos and tragedy of that night vividly to life. The Nuns murdered 35 Orphans out of 72 enslaved children that were wilfully murdered.
The four or five packed bars in and around the Convent had just closed their doors in the country town of Cavan Town, with the locals chatting and heading home late on the cold and wet night of Tuesday the 23rd. of February 1943. At about the same time as the local pubs were closing, a smouldering fire broke out in the basement laundry of St. Joseph’s Orphanage & Industrial School run by the enclosed Order of Nuns, the Poor Clares, where their existence literally consists of a life of work, prayer and penance. Their Convent sits on the Main Street of Cavan Town. Within a few minutes the smouldering fire had turned into a raging inferno, consuming the entire basement, which was now dangerously out of control at this stage. A few of the Nuns up late praying in their overstuffed sitting room, saw and heard the rage of the fire, the Nuns panicked and stampeded for the exits amid total “chaos”, the Holy Nuns reneged on their basic sacred duty to care for these vulnerable orphan children, in which the Convent made a handsome living from the child slaves running their Laundry.
Scandalously The Nuns did nothing to contain the raging inferno which began late in the night as the fire grew and grew to an inferno engulfing the main laundry buildings. The only thing the Nuns did as the inferno raged was to gather most of the children to the top room of the laundry building, gave them a few rosary beads and locked the frightened children alone into the top floor darkened room, the electrics were out of action due to the fire. At this stage the overwrought emaciated children were hysterical, trapped in a death grip of uncontrollable fear and anxiety as a few knelt weeping to pray. A few ran to the bolted door, but to no avail, A few more of the desperate children went to the sealed windows pulled down the torn curtains in a frenzy, struggling to open or break the windows, with their now bloodied hands, cut from the broken glass they managed to break, hoping to crawl out, but to no avail, there was no place of safety for them, they were to high up almost in the attic of the locked darkened building. Their piercing cries and pleads could be heard from all over the town. Nine children escaped, some two or three by jumping from the high windows, breaking their limbs. Many of the orphanage children suffered from tuberculosis, typhoid, dysentery, pneumonia and other infectious diseases. Physical injuries were common, caused by beatings, and other forms of physical and sexual abuse, melted out by the cruel Nuns.
The dormitories swarmed with various sorts of vermin and rats. A constant shortage of water for washing, and the lack of suitable sanitary facilities, aggravated the situation. All the slave orphan children were emaciated because of starvation rations in the Industrial Laundry, the Nuns ran with the age range of the vulnerable children, 4 years of age to 18, all the children began to experience organic deterioration that led to extreme physical exhaustion. All the orphanage children faced daily abuse and violence.
The wretched children, now in total despair, were crying in high-pitched, frenzied ways for help, urgently and vociferously calling attention to the top windows at the top of the laundry building. A few of the children started to call out different names of the apathetic Nuns, or the elderly woman who was normally with them, but nothing, a few loud noises of men calling out asking where they were, a few of the men, worse for drink could be heard pleading with a group of obdurate Nuns at the locked front gates, the anxious men could see and hear the overwrought children, but the Nuns ignore the men, finally allowing just two men to enter the convent grounds and the stubborn Nuns directing the two men to fight only the uncontrollable fire in the basement, which within forty minutes the inferno would tightly grip the entire building where the screaming children were locked into. A few of the hysterical children who were not locked into the top rooms could be seen escaping through different windows with screaming, angry Nuns running after them, in a desperate attempt to keep the children locked in the building so the men couldn’t see them in their nightgowns. A bigger crowd of concerned men and women from the various houses nearby had now gathered at the convent's locked gates, offering to help, but still the obstinate Nuns refused any help. The wailing of a fire engine could now be heard and within minutes the Firefighters were at the locked gates of the Convent, but the cloistered Nuns refused to let them into the Convent grounds to fight the fire.
The angry Firefighters and intransigent Nuns were bickering as the inferno could be seen consuming the entire building, a few of the Nuns knelt to pray out loud amid the screaming and distress calls of the desperately trapped children, which grew louder and louder. A crying Firefighter broke the lock of the Convent gates and the angry Firefighters ran in to set up their equipment, but it was far too late. The inferno was now completely out of control, the tenacious Nuns kneeling were still praying, while the screaming children, in thrall of death, died first from carbon monoxide poisoning secondary to smoke inhalation, the trapped children suffocated to a certain death. The fire savagely consumed their emaciated bodies as the roof of the laundry building caved in on them. The door of the room where the children were confined was still locked, when finally the Firefighters found the room, the closed door stood, still locked in its charred frame. The children’s blacked and cremated bodies were all hurled together, under a few burnt out metal beds, pushed together in the far corner of the burnt out room, the hardened Firefighters now crying were sickened at the sight that awaited them and also angry at the indefatigable Nuns still kneeling saying the rosary.
The morbidly obese, local Parish Priest come to administer to the kneeling Nuns and offered his concerned that all the good Nuns were safe, the Parish Priest offered no condolence to the 35 cremated children now among the ruins of the burnt out building, the slavery laundry were the children lived and worked, morning, noon and late into the night. The Convent proper were the Nuns lived and prayed, was untouched by the inferno, the lard-arsed Parish Priest offered to say mass in the morning in the Convent chapel for the safety of the Nuns, there was no enquiry about the ungrateful despicable children who the lard-arsed Parish Priest felt and viewed as deserving hatred and contempt, he told the gathered nuns, according to a passing Firefighter who heard the corpulent Parish Priest speak, that the black-hearted children must have caused the fire. The heinous Nuns obvious to the screaming children they locked into the room at the top of the convent, hastily returned to their part of the Convent with the paunchy Parish Priest in tow for late night supper, and a spot of Irish Whiskey for the very reverend lard-arsed, also to inspect their treasures, money and their ill gotten gains, rescued from the office of the burning laundry building, while abandoning the now screaming children to their certain fate, after all the irreligious children were mere vermin, born out of holy wedlock was their collective manna, and the collective manna of the entire Irish Catholic Church.
As is now known, the Nuns didn’t raise the fire alarm, nor used their telephone, instead the fire alarm was raised by horrified townspeople leaving local bars long after closing time, who tried in vain to help. At first they could not gain access to the Convent because the Convent was locked up like a high security prison. Some local people forced their way into the Convent but it was to late, they didn’t know where the children were, but all the local people could hear were the frantic screams and cries of the frightened terrified children stemming from the top floor of the laundry building, a few men made there way to the source of the screaming children who were trapped, trapped in the top floor dormitories, but to no avail. The willing men were actively prevented from helping the screaming children by the Nuns gather below. Within forty minutes to an hour the flames had taken hold of the entire laundry building, the roof had caved in and the laundry building was left just a burnt out shell. Thirty five frightened and screaming children were burned to death that night, plus an elderly slave woman, Miss Margaret Smith, all burned to death in the hell that was the Convent and the laundry building. All the Nuns got out safely of the inferno fire at their laundry building within minutes of the fire, once the children were secure in the top floor rooms, the Nuns made their escape to safety with their church treasures and monies. While the local people and brave Firefighters tried to help and gain entrance to the burning laundry building, the Nuns prevented the Firefighters and local people from entering the Convent grounds. The Nuns told the locals and Firefighters that they couldn’t help the now screaming children because they were locked into the top floor rooms and that the Nuns were worried that the local people and Firefighters might see the young girls inside the building in a state of undress, that’s why the Nuns locked the young girls away into the top of the laundry building, so that the locals couldn't see the children in their nightdresses, a Nun at the time said, to one of the Firefighter, that it would be better if God took them now, then you men seeing the semi naked children.
The following day the remains of the thirty five charred bodies of children and an elderly woman, Miss Margaret Smith age 80, were recovered from the smouldering ruins. They were put into just eight coffins and dumped subsequently into a mass grave. Because of the public outrages and concerns about the causes of the fire and the standard of care by the Nuns, a Public Inquiry was set up, the first public inquiry ever set up in Ireland, which was run and greatly influenced by the Powerful Catholic Church who sat in on the Public Inquiry. The whitewash began immediately as the Report’s findings stated that the loss of life occurred due to faulty directions being given, lack of fire-fighting training, and an inadequate rescue and fire-fighting service. It also noted inadequate training of staff in fire safety and evacuation, both at the orphanage and local fire service. There was no criticism of the Holy Nuns, nor the fact that children as you as six were working as slaves in the Convent Laundry for vast profits for the Nuns, nor was there any criticism with the fact the the Nuns, both actively obstructed the locals and fire services and locked the screaming children into the top rooms of the Convent, when in fact the Nuns could have easily led the frightened children to the yard and gardens within the Convent grounds where the Nuns themselves waited, actively blocking any local help from entering the Convent grounds to help the screaming children while the fire raged and consumed the children and the laundry building. There was only one fire exit on the top floor which the Nuns came to and left it deliberately bolted and locked, hence trapping the screaming children to an almost certain death. Many local people said the children could all have been saved, but the cruel Nuns who locked the exit doors claimed that they had no keys, nor they couldn’t find out where the keys were kept. The children could have been easily evacuated safely, but instead the mendacious Nuns brought rosary beads into the room to give to the imprisoned children, asking the frightened children to pray while they the duplicitous Nuns bolted and locked all the escape doors, and they themselves left the burning building after they took monies and account books from the laundry office on the ground floor.
Being an enclosed Order, the Nuns were reportedly reluctant to leave the Convent grounds themselves, which they considered would be a violation of their vows, but the abandoned Children must never leave. Yes the Nuns, themselves all left their Convent, but rejoiced in the knowledge that the 35 frightened and screaming children who were held in human bondage and one elderly woman, Miss Margaret Smith, who lived all her natural life, (80 years) in the servitude of the Holy Nuns, were locked away safely by the Holy Nuns in the dark room at the top of the building, praying, while an inferno, engulfed the entire laundry building as the treacherous Nuns deliberately obstructed the locals and the local Firefighters from entering.
What was clear at the Official Inquiry proceedings was that the Irish Catholic Church which was the State at the time, were determined to take no blame. In fact what became clear during the Official Inquiry was that the slave children lived as prisoners in the Convent. A picture of what happened that night in 1943 emerged from local newspaper archives, interviews with the locals, and transcripts of evidence given to the Official Inquiry. Terrified children were ordered into and trapped in smoke-filled dormitories, endless references to finding keys to open locked doors and terrible confusion in the dark. And there was the great bravery of townspeople in their frustrated attempts to find and rescue the children, and all the time the open hostile obstruction of the Nuns. The fickle Nuns it would appear were immune to the suffering and screaming children that were burning, the despairing children were detained though not for any crime, but because they were born of unwed mothers.
The unscrupulous Nuns couldn’t even be bothered to attend the Official Inquiry but instead were allowed give their evidence from the comfort of the Convent, and hired senior Barristers at huge cost to represent them.The exploitative Nuns themselves in whose care the children were placed were virtually unquestioned and treated with holiness deference. At the Official Inquiry the surviving Children were treated as young ruthless criminals, never to be rehabilitated. The 35 children who were burned to death were posthumously slandered as the real culprits who some suggested had caused the fire in the first place. The surviving Children, whose words couldn’t be accepted against the words of the holy Nuns, were verbally beaten and easily confused and intimidated by unscrupulous shysters, passing off as Barristers at the Official Inquiry.
The callous, relentless cross-questioning of the child survivors was seen as repellent. Those children who were rescued through windows were asked to describe the last minutes of other children's lives, an attempt to pin responsibility on the rescued themselves. The only interests not protected at the inquiry were those of the screaming children who were viewed as spawns of the devil by the shameless Nuns, deserving to die. All the children survivors of the inferno at the Convent told stories of casual brutality, by the brutal Nuns, even towards the youngest children, and of semi-starvation and slave working conditions at the Convent’s Laundry.
The permanently emaciated children were fighting over the contents of the waste peel bucket and the scrapings of the Nuns' generously-covered food table. There has never been a financial audit of any of the Orders' Accounts, all the money the Nuns rescued during the inferno they hid away among themselves. The Criminal Nuns at the Cavan Convent operated unchallenged, flouting the law and ignoring the protective regulations of the 1908 Children's Act that governed the Industrial Schools. There were unregulated punishments melting out daily to the slave children by the Nuns. There was a growing public voice of criticism and a number of people like Owen Sheehy-Skeffington and Noel Browne spoke out about the whole system of imprisonment of children in what were, essentially, slave-labour camps run unopposed by the powerful Irish Catholic Church. It took another 50 years before the Industrial Schools finally closed, and still the deaths of thousands of other children which could have been preventable, but were allowed to continue, unashamedly, by the powerful Irish Catholic Church. Owen Felix O’Neill
There were 72 slave girls in the Industrial school and 35 of them died in the fire along with Margaret Smith.
The Children who Died were: Eight of the Girls were Sisters, and there was one pair of Girls Twins.
1. Mary Harrison -15 years of age from Dublin
2. Mary Hughes - 15 years of age from Killeshandra
3. Ellen McHugh -15 years of age from Blacklion
4. Kathleen Kiely - 12 of age from Virginia (Sister)
5. Frances Kiely - 9 years of age from Virginia. (Sister)
6. Mary Lynch - 15 years of age from Cavan (Sister)
7. Margaret Lynch - 10 years of age from Cavan (Sister)
8. Josephine Cassidy - 15 years of age from Belfast(Sister)
9. Mona Cassidy - 11 years of age from Belfast (Sister)
10. Kathleen Reilly – 14 years of age from Butlersbridge
11. Mary Carroll – 12 yrs years of age from Castlerahan (Sister)
12. Josephine Carroll – 10 years of age from Castlerahan (Sister)
13. Mary McKiernan - 16 years of age from Dromard (Sister)
14. Susan McKiernan - 14 years of age from Dromard (Sister)
15. Rose Wright – 11 years of age from Ballyjamesduff89
16. Mary Barrett - 12 years of age – from Dublin-(Twins)
17. Nora Barrett - 12 years of age – from Dublin-(Twins)
18. Mary Kelly - 10 years of age from Ballinagh
19. Mary Brady – 7 years of age from Ballinagh
20. Dorothy Daly – 7 years of age from Cootehill
21. Mary Ivers – 12 years of age from Kilcoole Wicklow
22. Philomena Regan – 9 years of age from Dublin
23. Harriet Payne - 11 years of age from Dublin (Sister)
24. Ellen Payne - 8 years of age from Dublin (Sister)
25. Teresa White – 6 years of age from Dublin
26. Mary Roche - 6 years of age from Dublin
27. Ellen Morgan – 10 years of age from Virginia
28. Elizabeth Heaphy - 4 years of age from Swords
29. Mary O'Hara – 7 years of age from Kilnaleck
30. Bernadette Serridge - 5 years of age from Dublin
31. Katherine Chambers-9 years of age from Enniskillen (Sister)
32. Margaret Chambers - 7 years of age from Enniskillen(Sister)
33. Mary Lowry – 17 years of age from Drumcrow, Cavan
34. Bridget Galligan -17 years of age Drumcassidy, Cavan(Sister)
35. Mary Galligan -18 years of age Drumcassidy, Cavan (Sister)
36. Margaret Smith 80 years of age employed as Cook
Postscript;- In the days that followed messages of sympathy flooded in to Cavan Town, though they were seldom addressed directly to the families of the deceased or the survivors. They were directed instead to the Abbess of the Poor Clare’s Convent, none of whom had perished, and stranger still they were sent to the Catholic Bishop of Kilmore, Dr Patrick Lyons. In the requiem mass the bishop spoke of the “… terrible ordeal it has been for the good Nuns to have the fierce glare of publicity turned on their quiet sheltered lives.” Nothing was said about the children who died, huge sums of money at the time were raised for the Nuns and the Bishop, all the money was spent on improving the convent which was not touched by fire, the families of the dead Girls received NOTHING… Owen Felix O'Neill
Travellers and Systemic Racism in Ireland
Since the founding of the Irish State and even before when the Brits controlled Ireland, Ireland had a Racism problem with the Travelling Community. Racism is Ireland’s “original sin.” plain and simple, the horrendous treatment of the Travelling Community is widespread throughout Ireland. Talk to most Irish people about the Travelling Community and listen to what they say-
Racism fuelled Catholic ideology and policies. The Irish Catholic Church viewed the world as being divided up into competing inferior and superior races, each struggling for survival and dominance. Many Catholics believed that the Irish Travelling Community were not a religious denomination, but a dangerous non-European “race.” The Irish Catholic Church racism would produce, brutality, confinement, hatred and even murder on an unprecedented scale.
From the 1920s to the present day, both the Irish Government and The Irish Catholic Church began a more rigorous campaign against those who followed a lifestyle labelled "Gypsy." Travellers, or Roma, and the dozen other derogatory names, like Tinkers, Tramps, Pikey, Knackers.
Irish Travellers or "the walking people", also known as Pavees or Mincéirs are traditionally itinerant or travelling groups in Europe whose families maintain a set of ancient traditions and are one of several groups identified as Travellers. Although they are often referred to as “Gypsies” - Irish Travellers are not genetically related to the Romani.
Both the Irish Government and The Irish Catholic Church judged such people to be racially "undesirable" and enacted systematic measures of persecution against the Travellers. Both the Irish Government and The Irish Catholic Church orchestrated a plan to settle forcefully and contain Irish Travellers, especially their children. Most Travellers children were forcefully removed and thrown into the forced labour camps of the Religious run Industrial Schools in Ireland. Where most children of Travellers were systemically beaten, humiliated, raped and murdered on almost a daily basis by the Religious Orders that ran these Gulags in Ireland.
The ignorant stereotyping of the Travellers Community, as subhuman, supported by ecclesiastical records, starts with that they are carriers of "degenerate" blood not Irish blood and inherited criminal characteristics which constituted a danger to Irish society at large.
From secret documents kept in the Irish Catholic Church’s archives. The Irish Bishops in the 1940s established a Central Office for the Suppression of the Gypsy/ Pavee problem. The Irish Catholic Church made plans and took measures to systematically persecute and lock-up most children of Irish Travellers. Young unmarried girls of the Travellers Community were secretly sterilized, in the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. The Catholic Church was shocked that young girls of the Travellers Community, as young as 12 or 13 were having children within their communities. Once the child was born, the child was forcefully removed from its mother by the Nuns, the young mother was then forced-into a network of labour camps of The Magdalene Laundries of Ireland, never to see their child or family again. Sadly, many of these new mothers died from ill-treatment and lack of medicines. Their stolen children, treated as "asocials" or "habitual criminals" and sent to the concentration camps of different brutal Industrial Schools, to a life of racism, humiliation, beatings, and even death.
Every concentration camp of Industrial Schools in Ireland had Children of Travellers in the Industrial Schools system. All Children of Traveller were singled out by the Religious Orders that ran these camps, which identified the children as less than human to be humiliated and beaten on a daily basis. The Industrial Schools grievously harmed Children of Travellers significantly more than other vulnerable children of unwed mothers. Purely by the fact that they, the children were of the Traveller Communities.
These Children were degrading more at every opportunity and not just in removing them from their families, but depriving them of their culture, their unique way of life, exposing many of the children to physical and sexual rape. I was in St. Joseph’s Industrial School in Tralee, I was treated just as bad, but a child of Travellers was treated worse. The Christian Brothers carried out barbaric acts in the name of Christianity, their hatred of the Children of Travellers bordered on the psychotic in melting out cruel, murderous and barbaric torment.
The system ultimately proved successful in disrupting the transmission of the Traveller Communities way of life, practices and beliefs across generations. The legacy of this cruel system has been linked to an increased prevalence of post-traumatic stress, alcoholism, drug abuse and finally suicide which persist within the Traveller Communities to this very day.
It’s a fact that the mortality rate of Children of Travellers was more than double that of the whole Industrial School system in general in Ireland. Due to their ill-treatment, like beatings, rape and denial of medicines. Residential Industrial School deaths were common and have been linked to the childhood diseases, appalling hygiene which were always poor, and yes the very lack of basic food.
The actual number of Children of Travellers deaths remains unknown due to inconsistent reporting by school officials and the deliberate destruction of medical and administrative records. My estimates while low and from studying available known records is as low as 3,500 Children of Travellers to as high as 9,500 since the foundation of the Irish State in 1922. I accept that many Children of Travellers died, mostly from disease, like tuberculosis within the Industrial Schools of Ireland. The point I’m trying to make is many of the deaths of Children of Travellers were needless, many died simply because they were Children of Travellers, and treated with utter contempt, less than human by the Irish Catholic Church and the Religious Orders that ran the death/labour camps in Ireland.
In my class of 46 boys, 12 or 14 were Children of Travellers and most were below even a passable standard of health, with lack of basic food, lack of basic medicines, some of the Children of Travellers were infected with Christian racial hatred, akin to some form of fatal tuberculosis. In my classroom, Children of Travellers lived in fear, and abject poverty, forced to sit through a brutal religious lesson on hatred, or twisted history of privileged people.
The Christian Brothers didn’t care when it came to a child known as a Traveller, the child would be sought out for extra beatings, purely because he was a Traveller. Yes, we were all beaten and raped, but the Christian Brothers' hatred knew no bounds when it came to brutal pain inflicted on Children of Travellers. I cried for the few I knew, I didn’t and couldn’t know the difference, to me we were all Travellers, Patsy was a boy of my own age, I played with, I didn’t see a Traveller, I saw a boy, a friend, as vulnerable as me. I liked Patsy, he made me laugh, we played, prayed, shared and stole food, tears, shared clothing to stay warm, smoked bootlace cigarettes, played sports, fought with our common bullies, dreamed of running away together. Patsy and I didn’t know how to discriminate, we didn’t even know how to hate, all this we learned from our tormentors, the Christian Brothers. All we wanted to do was survive. I survived, Patsy hung himself, he learnt on a daily basis that he was subhuman, by his haters, the Christian Brothers.
Children of Travellers as Survivors of Industrial Schools, Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes and their families have been found to suffer from historic trauma that has had a lasting and adverse effect on the transmission of their unique culture between generations. Historic trauma as the process through which "cumulative stress and grief experienced by the Travellers Community is translated into a collective experience of cultural disruption and a collective memory of powerlessness and loss”. It has been used to explain the persistent negative social and cultural impacts of the Catholic Church and their Forced Labour Camp rules, including the prevalence of sexual rape, alcoholism, drug addiction, lateral violence, mental illness and suicide among the Travellers Community. Children of Travellers who attended the brutal Industrial Schools were more likely than those who did not to have been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition.
Many Children of Travellers as Survivors of Industrial Schools, 89% went on to have criminal records, simply because they were of the Travelling Community. 96% Children of Travellers as Survivors of Industrial Schools have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. 87% have been diagnosed with major depression; 78% have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, 35% have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. In reality Children of Travellers as Survivors of Industrial Schools, felt ashamed for being Children of Travellers as they were made to view their traditional identities as subhuman, ugly and dirty animals. This was the Christian teaching taught in all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland, hatred of being different, in this case simply being human, and Travellers are human, not subhuman as was taught and is still shamefully taught in Irish Society to this day. Owen Felix O'Neill
Father Joseph Marmion a Sexual Predator
Jesuit maxim;- For those who believe, no words are necessary. For those who do not believe, no words are possible.
Inappropriateness with vulnerable children was Father Joseph Marmion moto- as is the religious ethics of the Irish Catholic Church at large. The Irish Catholic Church knew the differences from things that are illicit in that inappropriate behaviour does not necessarily have any accompanying legal ramifications. Certainly in Ireland there were and are no legal ramifications, this is why they, the Clerics got away with the rape of tens of thousands of children over the decades. The Irish Catholic Church can and did police themselves without any intrusiveness, they after all were the Rulers of Ireland. In reality, everybody in Ireland and abroad knew that an elected Irish Politician had no cojones.
A few days ago, The Jesuit Order named a teacher, a Priest, Father Joseph Marmion who sexually, physically Raped boys in the 1970s. Here we go again, the same modus operandi, will kick-in, one of the most prestigious schools in Ireland, Belvedere College, in Dublin was run by the Jesuit Order of pedophiles. A single-sex boys’ establishment with a reputation for predatory behaviour, by its very own pedophile Clerics. "the manly character of boys will be induced by sex games and sport" say the Jesuits- The Jesuits also famously hyjacked Aristotle’s quote — 'Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.’ Pope Francis is the first Pope to have belonged to the Society of Jesus, The Jesuits.
Belvedere College strives for excellence in all we endeavour including the rape of children. The College’s vision of the future of education in Belvedere is built on the outdated tradition of Jesuit education and a side-order or helpings of the rape of children by its own Clerics. It has done so for over 400 years.
Here what Belvedere College says on its website;- The phrase Cura Personalis (Statement of Core Values) is used to describe how each student is nurtured and cared for- ( to include Rape). Each student is helped to explore their unique talents and gifts and made feel they are part of a community that recognises and celebrates achievement in many different fields.
I bet the wealthy parents who entrusted their young boys to the Jesuits were never consulted when their children were raped by their very own holy Jesuits. The website goes on to say- “The mission of the Belvedere Community – Jesuits, Board, Staff, Parents, present students and past pupils – is to ensure that graduates of the College by their relationship with Jesus Christ and through living Gospel values, shall be persons for others in leadership and example in the pursuit of a just world”.
Let’s be clear, the senile Irish Catholic Church of course knows nothing will happen, it never does, no matter the outrage, just a few bad headlines for a day or two. The Cults way of thinking is;- it was so long ago that the rapes happened, who cares. The Jesuits involved are long dead the rest are in their dotage, and conventiently can’t remember raping multiple young boys-and of course the old refrain “Let bygone be bygone” will be sung out by their favourite media outlets and their willing stooges.
The Characteristics of Jesuit Education;- School Pastoral Care implies caring for the quality of relationships between the Jesuits and the vulnerable boys. It involves the engagement of all the school policies, processes and programmes in the development of the appropriate systemic structures, roles and resources to support the development of the emerging adult. The term ‘pastoral’ is rooted in biblical imagery where the metaphor of Christ as the Good Shepherd, but wait, I never remember reading that Jesus raped anybody. The Belvedere College Boys encounter the person of a Jesuit or Jesuits as a friend, a guide but really heinous pedophiles, lurking around for their next victim, playing and praying on the young boy’s vulnerabilities. The boy or boys come to know the saintly kind and holy Jusuit through his personal and communal sex-games and work. The proverbial Fox looking after the helpless chickens, the pedophile puts on a dog collar and black dress of his religion and he is instantaneously holy, molts into a holy priest, what a miracle of transformation. A kind of metamorphosis of a benevolent Priest into a hidious, sex starved pedophile.
The Belvedere College website goes on to say;- Each member of the school community has a significant role to play in creating and protecting the pastoral ethos of the school and as an individual has access to the pastoral structures and procedures in place. My god it was all rubbish, the ethos of Belvedere College was plain and simple, pedophiles hiding in plain sight, the Jesuits themselves.
Again the newspapers and TV Media can’t even use the word RAPE- ;- The Provincial, Fr Leonard Moloney, said he met the former pupil, who expressed concern for others and asked that his abuser (rapist) be named. In a statement, the Jesuit Order said it has been in contact with other boys over many years who were raped by Father Joseph Marmion while they were young students. Why on earth were the Irish Police not informed as a matter of course. In fact The Provincial, Fr Leonard Moloney, should be arrested immediately for obstruction and covering up multiple crimes against children. The school itself, Belvedere College should be closed down because it is a crime scene and its entire staff, past and present, investigated. There should be no immunity especially for sanctimonious Clerics, from the crimes of child rape and the holy Joes that enabled them and did nothing.
This in of itself is outrageous- Belvedere College and its Order of degenerates that ran the school knew about children being raped for years and did nothing, why on earth are we still having this conversation today. The College and its Order of degenerates should be shut down immediately, its property seized and the degenerates thrown into prison.
Now the Irish Catholic Church’s modus operandi, is on full display- and here it is;- A decision was taken by the Jesuit Order in Ireland and the Archbishop of Dublin at the time that Father Joseph Marmion be removed from the staff in Belvedere with effect from the end of the academic year 1977/1978.
But wait for it;-
The pedophile Father Joseph Marmion who Belvedere College knew was a serial pedophile and child rapist never informed the Irish Police- never stripped the pedophile Father Joseph Marmion of his priestly duties. Instead the Irish Catholic Church rewarded this pedophile Priest, Father Joseph Marmion with a long paid holiday, a year long sabbatical to Paris where he raped French children, as he holidayed with the Jesuit Community in Paris. Than the Jesuit Community of Paris sent him back for a re-assignment to the Gardiner Street Jesuit Community, where the pedophile Jesuit Priest continued unabated with the rape of even more helpless children. Belvedere College and Gardiner Street Jesuit Community are just a few minutes walk from each other. In 1990, the pedophile Priest, Father Joseph Marmion was appointed Chaplain to St Vincent's Private Hospital, Dublin, owned by The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The pedophile Priest, Father Joseph Marmion was appointed by the Archbishop of Dublin at the time Cardinal Desmond Connell in 1990. Cardinal Desmond Connell a noted closet queen, refused to inform the Irish Police about any of his pedophile Clerics accused of the rape of children. Please don’t take my word for it just read the Murphy Commission Report
I knew this pediphile rapist, Father Joseph Marmion because he was a regular visitor to the Boys Club in Eccles Street, Dublin, just a stone’s throw away from both Belvedere College and Gardiner Street Jesuit Community, in the late 60s and early 1970s. I was in the Boys Club from the age of 15 for over 3 years 1969 to 1973. At the time hundreds if not thousands of sex starved Clerics that roamed Dublin City, like wolf packs at the time, hunting and raping children with impunity. Other regular noted visitors to Eccles Street Boys Club was Archbishop McQuaid, who founded the Boys Club, in the early 1960s and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who was a student priest at the time, who came to the Boys Club for six or seven years, and Cardinal Desmond Connell who loved meeting the boys, smelling and reeking of sandalwood perfume. Many Priests who were regular visitors to the Boys Club in Eccles Street, Dublin later on, most of them were convicted of child rape. A few are still in Prison in Ireland. Just a few of the thousands of Clerics that visited Eccles Street Boys Club at the time. In fact Archbishop Diarmuid Martin celebrated his first mass at the Boys Club at the time in 1969. Something else, a who's who of the Catholic Church at the time passed into The Boys Club in Eccles Street Dublin.
Father Joseph Marmion also taught at some of the most prestigious schools in Ireland, like the Crescent College Limerick and Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare. The Jesuit Order said it recognises that "these subsequent appointments should not have been made”. The Jesuit Order now said;- "We have in the past apologised for raping children and invited children and survivors of abuse (Rape) by members of the Society of Jesus to come forward and to seek our help. Give me a break, help from our pedophile Priests, help in covering up the rapes of more children, the Cult, the Clerics, they will never learn.
Be certain of one thing about a deviant pedophile, a Priest, he would over a long career have raped over 100 children in a year. Father Joseph Marmion was Ordained on 31st. July 1957 and died 15th. November 2000, at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. Which bring me to the question - How many children did he rape?
This one Priest, Father Joseph Marmion had been raping children for about 50 years. So let’s take a lower figure of 50 children a year he raped over a period as a Priest of his 50 years career. Now that equals to about 2,500 children over his Priestly Ministry lifetime. This is one Pedophile Priest. We know now that there were thousands of pedophile Priests in Ireland. Please just do the numbers, it was an avalanche of rape of vulnerable children by The Cult, The Catholic Church in Ireland and its Clerics.
Hundreds of former students have confirmed the veracity of the allegations made against this one Priest, Father Joseph Marmion, during his time at the prestigious Belvedere College, including all the other prestigious colleges he taught at during his lifetime. Many ex-students say he is just the tip of the iceberg, one of many other Catholic Priests who taught at the Catholic Colleges many of these same Priests, also raped boys. Every religious run college, public or private schools, industrial schools, children were raped, that is a proven fact. Raped by Clerics that both the child and their parents trusted, absolutely. For many years many of these raped children never even told their own parents or families what happened to them at their Christian Schools, at the hands of Clerics, the fear and power of the Clerics was for to great. The Cult created a terror-state. This was achieved through intimidation and brutality.
Irish Politicians, Policemen, Teachers and Judges had to swear an oath of loyalty to the Cult. This gave the Cult greater power over the Irish people. This also created tension and fear throughout the country. Members of the Cult had powers to arrest and detain those people who were considered enemies of the Cult. These preventative arrests were carried out separately from judicial control. This is why Ireland had hundreds of Detention Sites and Labour Camps, called Magdalene Laundries/Asylums, Industrial Schools, Orphanages, Mother and Baby Homes. The women and children who were detained in these Religious run Institutions under cruel and brutal conditions, and were often violently treated, raped and murdered.The Cults tactics included murder and torture of these, the women and children. Tens of thousands that died are still in hidden Septic Tanks, Cesspools and Mass Graves on these same Religious Institutions in Ireland. We here in Ireland need to explain how the Cult could take such effective hold of Ireland, that is another day for historians who still struggle to explain. The age range of the boys, at Belvedere College, was 9 years of age to 16 years of age. Owen Felix O’Neill
Some Famous ex-Students of Belvedere College, Dublin
Tony O’Reilly, James Joyce, Harry Clarke, Austin Clarke, Tim Pat Coogan, Joseph Mary Plunkett, Jimmy O’Dea, Cathal Brugha, Liam O'Flaherty, Brian Lenihan and his brother Conor, Kevin Barry, Dr Garret FitzGerald, Noel Purcell, Terry Wogan, John Bowman, Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, Cardinal Desmond Connell, Archbishop Dermot Ryan, Pat Taaffe, Donagh, MacDonagh, and hundreds more of known names, in Sport, The Arts, Olympians, Irish History, Politics and Law, Business and Broadcasting, Peers, Religion.
For the thousands of Babies & Children of unethical human experiments and coerced research done under The Catholic Church’s auspices, must now be fully exposed. Sadly there has been no full evaluation of the numbers of Babies & Children of the Catholic Church who died in their pastoral care, more importantly who the Babies & Children were, and of the frequency and types of experiments done on them. But we do know this, that many Mother and Baby Homes, and Orphanages in Ireland were used for these evil experiments. Let’s be clear here 100% of all medical experiments under the Irish Catholic Church auspices were outrageously criminal. We now need a comprehensive evidence-based evaluation of the different crimes committed by these criminal experiments supported by the Irish Catholic Church, and not just those whose perpetrators were available for arrest and prosecution. The Irish Catholic Church, I accuse of organising and participating in crimes and crimes against humanity in the form of medical experiments and medical procedures inflicted on vulnerable Babies & Children in their Religious run Institutions.
These heinous experiments were conducted on defensible Babies & Children, including the deliberate killing of Babies & Children for anatomical research, the killing of tubercular children, and the euthanasia of sick and disabled Babies & Children in most of Ireland’s Religious run Institutions. I accuse the Irish Catholic Church, known as The Cult of ordering, supervising, and coordinating criminal activities, illegal experiments, trafficking of stolen babies and children and profiting directly from these illegal activities. We also know what tuberculosis immunisation, and polio experiments were conducted with fatal results, with many Babies and Children dying. There were more Babies and Children who survived than were killed as part of or as a result of the vaccine experiments, and the survivors often had severe injuries, many years later. It’s a little known fact that vulnerable Babies and Children of the Mother and Baby Homes, and Orphanages were often used as research subjects with fatal consequences.
The Nuremberg Code’s first principle—the requirement of voluntary, competent, informed, and understanding consent—remains its most important and critical contribution to international law. The consent principle of the Code was “stunning and uncompromising on respect for persons- absolute informed consent requirement is a most. That includes children and people with mental illness. We must implement public procedures to punish the sponsors of such evil crimes against Babies and Children, committed by the Irish Catholic Church. The Irish Catholic Church must be held accountable for crimes against humanity for the atrocious experiments they allowed to be carried out on Babies and Children in their Religious run Institutions. Many of the grotesque medical experiments took place at many Mother and Baby Home and Orphanages in Ireland.
What Are The Nuremberg Code's Ethical Guidelines. The Nuremberg Code aimed to protect human subjects from enduring the kind of cruelty and exploitation the prisoners endured at concentration camps.
The 10 elements of The Nuremberg Code are:
The notorious Irish Catholic Church medical atrocities carried out for profit in most Mother and Baby Home and Orphanages in Ireland, were and are shocking. The Catholic Church in Ireland believed and still believes they can act above the law. The Hippocratic Oath, penned by the father of medicine and held by medical professionals as a sacred tenet to this day, states in part:
"I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrongdoing...."
Both the Irish Catholic Church and the Wellcome Trust experimenters not only violated the oath in the foulest way, even they lie to this very day. Their actions were clear, direct violations of both the Hippocratic Oath as well as the public's belief that doctors and clerics always look after their people’s well-being.
The Irish Catholic Church tried to justify these medical atrocities and formulated ethical arguments to justify their illegal activities. The Cult stated that these children of unwed mothers were vermin which were the central arguments placed above any regard for the suffering women and children.
Whereas little or nothing has been written about the perpetrators of The Irish Catholic Church medical atrocities, little is known about the Babies and Children either in terms of how many, or who they were, or their experiences of being subjected to experiments. I myself am a survivor of a few illegal drug experiments carried out in Ireland’s largest Mother and Baby Home, St. Patrick’s on the Navan Road, Dublin in the early 1950s. I bear the searing scars both mentally and physically to this very day, as do many other Survivors.
Few know it, but severely mentally and physically handicapped babies and children and young people up to 14 years old were used by the medical establishment on various drug experiments in most of the Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages in Ireland. At least 5,200 babies and children were victims of these heinous drug programmes, which was a precursor to the subsequent murder of the babies and children in these Religious run Institutions. We know that when these babies and children died their battered bodies were sold on to the Irish medical schools, universities for further experiments. Social Darwinism came to play a major role in the ideology of the Irish Catholic Church, all life was not sacred. Survival of the fittest, which was combined with a similarly pseudo religious theory of a pure Irish hierarchy of Church approved "Utopia" like church sanctioned marriage and church sanctioned Catholic babies. Anything else was considered as unfit to live and out of God’s grace and protection, and eliminate the incurably insane. The Irish Catholic Church believed that the scourge of Ireland was the unwed mother and her filth, her impure offspring. The elimination of these "undesirable elements" was implemented under the brutal reign of the Religious Orders of evil Nuns and other pedophile male Clerics that operated the Mother and Baby Homes, Orphanages and Industrial Schools throughout Ireland.
The Irish Catholic Church, euthanasia killings may be broadly divided into the following phases: Child euthanasia and disposal from 1922 to 1996. Decentralised, but partly centrally-controlled medication-administered euthanasia or death by malnutrition from September 1922 to 1996. Death by malnutrition of Babies and Children was very common in all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland, in spite of the fact that the Church was paid by the Irish Government. Serious Hereditary and Congenital Illnesses or disabled euthanasia, from 1922 to 1996. According to the Sea Monkey Files the estimates about 15,000 Babies and Children fell victim to the Irish Catholic Church’s war against unwed mothers and their offspring. Euthanasia of disabled children in all the Mother and Baby Homes, Orphanages and Industrial Schools throughout Ireland. The deliberate killing of Babies and Children was considered a mercy killing which was used as a justifiable excuse by the Catholic Church to keep Ireland pure and free from the filth of unwed mothers and their offspring. This was the Irish Catholic Church’s war Against unwed mothers and their children.
That true evil lurked and lived under the holy robes of the Catholic Church. The sad truth is that we need only look at recent human history to find real, live, utterly repugnant evil. Worse yet, it is evil perpetrated by Irish Clerics and the Catholic Church on defensible women and children. Something else we know that a few children were submitted to chemical castrations and electric shock treatment, meant to cure them of their suppose homosexual condition, there was nothing wrong with the children, they complained about been raped by the Clerics, so the cure was to castrate them. Do we call it a conflict of moral values? I don’t think so. Yet many vulnerable children were exposed to the illegal drugs experiments with profound pathological side effects, with varying degrees of severity. The financial incentives provided to the Irish Catholic Church have never been discussed.
We know that babies and children of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes, and Orphanages had suffered and died in clinical trials in which ethical standards had been deliberately violated. The Irish Catholic Church says it was in need of money and offered as much as 1,000 Irish Pounds per child to "volunteer" the orphan children for drug experiments that they knew involved risks of harm and even death. We know that thousands of babies and children that died were again sold to the Irish Medical schools for even more money for the evil Catholic Church. These financial incentives for the Irish Catholic Church and for them to offer orphan children for experimentation demonstrate a debasement of the children’s humanity. Thousands of children died in these illegal medical experiments in Ireland and thousands more suffered harmful side effects for the rest of their lives. We must have accountability, we must also have a true account of the blood monies that the Irish Catholic Church took for the militated bodies of the orphan babies and vulnerable children in their pastoral care. No matter their so called good intentions, the Irish Catholic Church was complicit in both the illegal drug experiments carried out in their Religious run Institutions on babies and children but also complicit in the direct murder of these babies and children as a result of the failed evil drug and vaccine experiments. Owen Felix O’Neill
It seems again that the meddler, the Saint of Tuam has stuck her sycophantic nose into yet another Mother and Baby Home. The Irish newspapers glowingly describe her as a campaigner and historian, I’m afraid not, she is not needed in Bessborough and she certainly isn’t needed in Tuam. The servile Saint of Tuam has done incalculable damage at Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home by hogging all the energy out of the debate about the babies still in the septic tank and still there after six years. Both the Irish Catholic Church and the Irish Government love a useful idiot who they can fawn and manipulate over, they discovered that it only took excessive flattery to win over the subservient Saint of Tuam to do their bidding,
The problem is the obsequious Saint of Tuam is not a survivor, she is a brainless busy body, what’s more, Irish Ministers and Catholic Church officials will only speak to her and not the genuine survivors who still have their babies, brother and sisters still in the septic tank. She has blocked all meaningful progress in recovering the babies from the tank in Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home, by working hand in hand with both the Irish Government and the Catholic Church in manipulating events on the ground, with false information and the useless committee known as the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
Genuine local campaigners and historians in Cork City fear her ignorance on survivor issues and her brand of toxic and distorted sainthood will cloud the debate for true accountability for Bessborough’s Home horrors. Another question why would the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes even waste their time speaking and asking the Saint of Tuam for her input and useless opinions. As I have stated over the years it is not just about Tuam, it is about all the Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools and Orphanages in Ireland.
1. Tens of thousands of women were murdered, killed in Ireland’s death camps.
2. Tens of thousands of children and babies were murdered, killed in Ireland’s death camps and disposed of into Septic Tanks, Cesspools or Mass-pits.
3. Tens of thousands of women were tortured, brutalised and raped in Ireland’s death camps.
4. Tens of thousands of children were tortured, brutalised and raped in Ireland’s death camps.
5. Tens of thousands of Survivors were to die from suicide over the years, from brutal memories, from poverty, from their brutalities of childhood, their rapes, their drug and alcoholic abuses, from hopelessness, and from the cruelty of life.
6. Tens of thousands of women and children, including babies were disposed of into septic tanks, cesspools, in the grounds of all of Ireland’s death camps.
This the Saint of Tuam, a useful idiot does not fully understand, how could she, she is not a survivor. As I stated before Tuam’s Septic Tank is not about her, it's about justice and true accountability for the atrocities inflicted on vulnerable women and children in the care of the Irish Catholic Church. The Cults ideology quickly dispersed throughout Ireland and affected the lives of all Irish people and their families. The Cults ideology penetrated Irish Society at large, by their strangle-hold of all the Irish schools, colleges and universities, there was no accountability. In reality Irish universities and colleges never had autonomy, and operated under strict Catholic Church supervision. Irish teachers and professors never enjoyed any freedom in Ireland, you had to be catholic and loyal to The Cult to even get a job at any academic institution in Ireland. Below is an article I wrote a year ago about Bessborough’s Mother and Baby Home, please read-
Bessborough’s 1,000 Missing Babies.
The problem isn’t the barrel of bad apples, the roots, the trees themselves are diseased.
I must revisit Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, in Cork City, in the county of Cork, Ireland. The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who owned and ran Bessborough do not know where the babies and children are buried. The burial cesspools of well over 1,000 children who died in the care of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home is unknown, despite very extensive inquiries and searches.I have no doubt that Bessborough Mother and Baby Home has hundreds if not thousands of babies secretly dumped into their cesspools and septic tanks on the grounds of the ex Mother and Baby Home, in Cork City.
According to the strictly confidential documents I have seen I now know that most of the 1,000 babies missing, and whose cesspool cannot be found, and it really is very simple. First of all many babies died in Bessborough, like all the other Religious run Institutions in Ireland. In fact according to the documents, in Bessborough over a 20 year period, from 1934 - 1954, of relatively reliable death and birth records that I have seen, there were 478 infant deaths registered. When compared against the underestimated number of live births, this equates to a higher death rate in the region of 25%. In other words, one quarter of all babies born in Bessborough in the middle of the 20th. Century died in their first 12 months of life.
Put it another way, the Infant Mortality Rate for Ireland (IMR) as a whole was 3.5 per 1,000 life births. In 1950 by comparison this was approximately 50 per 1,000 live births. The IMR is a staggering and sobering statistic which I suggest was used as a cover-up to account for the illegal trafficking of stolen babies out of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home. Anecdotal accounts confirm that hundreds of mothers who gave birth in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, were told that their babies had died but yet the mothers were never allowed to see them or bury them. So plain and simple, The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Nuns, stole the new born babies from their mothers at birth, told the mothers that their babies died, moved the mothers to another Mother and Baby Home or Magdalene Laundry in another county of Ireland. When in fact the evil Nuns trafficked and exported the new born babies into North America and elsewhere for profit, and the other crimes of the immoral Nuns was that the Nuns altered and falsified their handwritten documents, with the direct help of corrupt Irish Government Officials. I have seen these official documents, not only did the inept Nuns falsify the official documents, they then told their co-conspirators, the Irish Government that the stolen babies had died at birth, enabling the deceitful Nuns to collect more monies from the Irish Government to bury the so call dead babies, when in fact the trafficked babies were not dead but stolen by the disingenuous Nuns. It would appear that the morally corrupt Nuns collected money at both ends.
Something else according to the original documents from, Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, was that the Death Register only lists deaths of babies and children up until January 1953, while Birth Registrations are listed up till August 1955, therefore it would appear that a total of 5.5 years of death registrations is not accounted for by the Nuns. The inference therefore is that the IMR of 25% may indeed be far higher. The findings are as follows—From entries in Bessborough’s Death and Registration of Birth Books-
December 1930-April 1936
April 1936- January 1942
January 1942- January 1947
January 1947- June 1951
June 1951-August 1955
1. According to the Registration of Birth Books- in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home 2,270 babies were born.
2. According to the Registration of Death Books- in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home. Between February 1934 and January 1953, the deaths of babies were recorded as 482.
Now this would correspondingly indicate an IMR of 21 % . However staggering these figures are, they do not reflect a complete picture of IMR as the Death Records only begin in 1934, whereas the Birth Register begins in December 1930, thereby missing 3 complete years.
So using the IMR in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home appears at least 212 deaths per 1,000 babies born-that is a fifth of all babies died before the end of their first year. This is the absolute minimum because over 5 years is missing from the Death Records …So 212 by 5 years equals 1,060 missing or dead. This is true and from the official records what we know of. It has implications far beyond our small universe, it is nothing but shocking. Put it another way, this is the equivalent to the IMR in Ireland on the 18th. Century. It is five times the IMR in the local community in the 1950s, which was 5% and 65 times the current IMR. The current IMR in Ireland is 3.8 per 1,000 live births.
Causes of baby death by the Nuns at Bessborough’s Mother and Baby Home are also a lie, because we now know that 1,060 babies didn’t die, but illegally sold into America. From the hand-written records, the causes of baby death according to the Nuns were;-
-Gastroenteritis, also known as infectious diarrhoea and gastro, is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
-Congenital syphilis is a chronic infectious disease caused by a spirochete (treponema pallidum) acquired by the foetus in the uterus before birth.
-Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi cause it.
-Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), which causes them to become inflamed.
There are no medical records from Bessborough’s Mother and Baby Home to substantiate the veracity of these findings, in fact one child’s record cites “Prematurity” as the cause of her death, that’s impossible because the so called child was recorded as been 3 years of age at her last birthday.
-Prematurity is a term for the broad category of neonates born at less than 37 weeks' gestation
And more, I have seen Letters from Irish Bishops who wrote to the Nuns - requesting that babies be made available to sell-as they, the Bishops needed money. We know from other official records that the Nuns stole the babies to satisfy the Irish Bishops need for monies. There are also documents that some of the children died in transit and secretly buried, also that some of the babies stolen and sold were children from the age of 3 years old to 10 years of age.
More shocking is that a few official documents say that Irish babies and children were illegally trafficked by the Nuns, themselves with the support of the Irish Bishops on a HP basis- Hire Lease was an agreement whereby a Adoptee lease goods for a period of time by paying instalments, and can own the goods or child at the end of the agreement. This is extraordinary to see on office documents, as is the use of the words-Trafficking, Forced Adoption, Hire Purchase, and Commodities.
In other words, the family in American or elsewhere that wanted an Irish Baby paid the Nuns $1,500 or $2,000 up front in the 1950s, remember at that time this was a huge sum of money, before the new parents took possession of the child, and they the new parents, would agree on a Hire Purchase form or contract to pay additionally $65 or more on monthly instalments, till the child reached the age of 18. A document I have seen also says that the Nuns spoke and wrote about the stolen babies as “Commodities” Another document also says that the mothers in the Mother and Baby Homes never gave their consent in spite of the fact that the Irish Catholic Church claims otherwise, the Nuns at the Mother and Baby Homes couldn’t produce a single document to support that the women gave their consent for their babies to be stolen. The trafficking of Irish Babies was a huge profitable business for the Irish Catholic Church, worth at the time at over 100 million Irish Pounds. Again another official document goes on to say that outside private Doctors, Matrons, Welfare Officers and Irish Government Officials, all conspired and received illegal cash payment for their criminal parts in this vast criminal conspiracy, the Trafficking of stolen Irish Babies around the world.
The Nuns further criminal acts, it is reported during the period in question that, once a mother and child had been discharged from Bessborough’s Mother and Baby Home, two dates were routinely recorded. The first date of discharge listed is the date when the woman was geographically discharged from Bessborough, while the second date appears to function for administrative purposes, denoting when the woman was discharged from the institution’s books. These dates are separated in some instances by years. In addition, mothers and babies were often kept long after their babies were born, and after they were otherwise medically fit for discharge.
It appears from the official documents that monies were paid both by the natural mothers for the care of their babies, and by their adoptive parents. The latter were requested to pay sums of money for the time, in the region of £50-£60, and this was payable by monthly premium.
More than 120,000 babies and children were stolen, sold and treated as Commodities from their mothers in all the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland, since the foundation of the State. Of these, 60,000 were adopted after the introduction of legal adoption in 1952, and a further number were illegally registered as if born to their adoptive parents (known as "de facto" adoptions). Most unmarried pregnant girls were consigned to religious-run, State-funded Mother and Baby Homes. The official documents say that the babies and children were stolen and the mothers told that their babies died at birth. What please could be more horrendous for any mother, to be told her baby died! To learn later on in her life that the baby was not dead, but was stolen, sold to another, and then to spend the rest of your life looking for that child and that is one of the worst crimes to commit again another, worse than even death. Owen Felix O’Neill.