In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as INJUSTICE. Charles Dickens. - Great Expectations
Something I soon discovered in St. Joseph’s Industrial School, Tralee, for 6 years I was there. That there were a very small group of boys who were known as Travellers, who were always singled out for further punishment and other abuses by the Christian Brothers. At that time at least in my eyes we were all the same, friends, playmates, brothers, enemies, children. I didn’t know the difference, Oh sure, all the boys were different, some with red hair, blond hair, brown hair, curly hair. Many had also different eye colourings, blue, grey, brown, pain as a colour, sadness, and for many, oceans of tears and fears. There was a smorgasbord of boys, who came in all shapes and sizes, tall boys, small boys, fat boys, thin boys, all with a variety of different Irish accents.
But Two boys stood out because they were black in colour, it was to us white boys, exotic, they had more friends because of this. They too endured their share of personal pain because they were different. We didn’t really discriminate against them, yes we may have if we had a fight with them like most boys do, calling them N….s, but only because we heard others do so, or the Christian Brothers using the word, often. We did the same with the Traveller boys, but in most cases they could take care of themselves. I have to admit I didn’t see anything different about them, the Travellers boys. They too were the same as me, in colour, hair, size, and with different accents, but then I came from Dublin, I was called a Jackeen and they were Culchies as I learned. I didn’t fully understand what it meant, except I knew it was bad if thrown at me, the same I though, as me shouting “N….r,” or monkey at a black boy or me shouting “Pavee” at the top of my lungs at a boy I thought was a Traveller, in most cases the boy I shouted “Pavee” at, was just a common Culchie. How stupid was I, I couldn’t tell the difference.
Shouting “Pavee” at a boy, whether he was a Traveller or not, would more likely get you a swift smack across the mouth, if you called them, “Pavee” or any mean names. We learned to avoid entanglements if possible, to avoid a black eye, or a cut lip. We didn’t of course know that name calling was hurtful, yes we could see the reaction, the tears in the eye, the doleful look but we were stupid boys. One day in the play yard one of the Christian Brother’s, pulled me aside, inviting me to walk with him as he wanted to have a quiet word with me. I looked puzzled, and fearful, I expected a beating from this particular cruel Brother. I fell in beside him, my eyes darting, here and there, like a spooked rabbit. I walked around the busy yard of boys with him. He leaned over to me and asked me why I was a friend with that boy, pointed to Patsy, the boy I was playing with.
I blundered out to this sadistic Brother, I like him, we are friends. The Brother stopped and I stopped, he looked me over from head to foot, as if I had taken leave of my senses. Honestly I was expecting a smack across my face from him, he was known as a brutal Brother among the boys with a very short fuse. Do you know who that boy is, he thundered at me. I replied yes I do, his name is Patsy, no he whispered to me like a conspirator, his yellow teeth, and decaying breath is all I saw and smelled, I pulled slightly away, but his whispers was dripping with spit, contempt and hatred, he is a filthy, filthy tinker, I looked again puzzled. I never heard of the word “tinker” I asked him ``Sir what is a “tinker”.. with a raised voice he roared at me, (Carthy) a “tinker” is him, and him and him over there, and a few more around the schoolyard. I looked very confused, I saw boys the same as me, playing in the yard, but all with different colour hair, and boys in all shapes and sizes. I thought to myself, filthy, as I’m dirty too, but so is Patsy as are all the other boys. He looked at me, wiping his cruel, snarling mouth with the back of his hand, get away from me, (Carthy), he sneered at me, kicking me in the gut, you’re probably one of them yourself he shouted, in anger and disgust, I painfully ran as I saw his changing red face.
But I ran away frightened and confused back to Patsy to play, Patsy asked- what did he want;- I said .. he said you are a “tinker”, black haired Patsy, stopped to think, knitted his eyebrows together for split second, roaring with laughter, turning away, shouting at me —your a “tinker” your a “tinker” he sang, shouting at me as he further moved away, doing a little jig around me, laughing. His open face was flushed with happiness as I watched him dancing away, laughing. I ran after him laughing and shouting at him, No!! No!! ….your the “tinker”, We both ran and danced around the yard full of other boys, a few times shouting out to each other “tinker” Of course we both didn’t know what the word meant nor understood its true meaning, after all we were both 9 years of age. Patsy was one of my oldest friend in the Industrial school for 6 years, I called him “tinker” Patsy and he called me “tinker” Carthy, we both said it with great affection. If Pasty wanted to be called a “tinker” so did I. We backed each other up in many a fight over the years against all comers, with ridiculous arguments, fist fights, imaginary fights amid floods of tears.
You see to me Travellers as children, like every other boy or boys, also shared pain, shared clothing, shared towels, shared food, tears, fights, laughter, more importantly shared friendships. Some I got along with, some I didn’t, but that also applied to all the boys, not just the Traveller boys. We all knew with instinct that it was about our individual survival. Dehumanisation and dehumanised perception did occur as a result of the language used to describe groups of boys, it was something the Religious Orders knew how to use and did. In the Religious run Institutions all the women and children suffered violence on a daily basis. The Nuns and the Clerics that ran Religious Institutions, dehumanised the women and children as either animals or objects of desire to be raped, sexually harassed and beaten, daily. Dehumanisation was viewed as a central component by all the Religious Orders that ran the Religious Institutions in Ireland. It was a way of brutal control. What now is shocking for me and many other Survivors, is that the Nuns, the Christian Brothers and other Religious Orders, -
“it’s that they were very, very ordinary human beings”-
The Religious Orders that ran the Religious Institutions began an orgy of rape, torture and death. They were encouraged by the Irish Catholic Church itself and to a lesser extent the Irish Government and State. Gratuitous violence was used for example in the Magdalene Asylum/Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools, and Orphanages as a ploy to extend the Religious Orders sense of power over another human being, the hapless women and vulnerable children. The Nuns and Christian Brothers used to roar, “ These aren’t human, these are animals” Dehumanisation is on the list of the “Ten Stages of Genocide”
“When the Nuns or other religious Orders dehumanise others, they actually conceive of them as subhuman creatures, thus allowing them to inflict humiliation on them. The Catholic Church as Slave owners throughout history considered their slaves, the unwed women and children as subhuman creatures. Thus allowed then the Religious Orders to opens the door for cruelty and genocide, in the Religious run Institutions, like the Magdalene Asylums/Laundries.
To the Religious way of thinking, and especially the Religious Order of Nuns these wretched women and their offsprings were not individuals at all. They came in wholesale lots and were to be treated worse than animals. The Nuns were explicit about the status of their victims. They were subhumans — and as such were excluded from the system of moral rights and obligations that bind humankind together. The Nuns and other Religious Orders know it was wrong to kill a person, just like the Nazis did, but to their way of thinking it was permissible to exterminate a rat. To the Religious Orders, all the unwed women and their children, specially Travellers, were degraded as Pavees or Mincéirí, in most case theses Travellers, the women and their children were singled out for worse treatment, nothing short of vermin or parasites, according to all the Religious Orders and the Irish Catholic Church. In fact the Nuns, the Christian Brothers, in fact all Religious Orders treated the Travelling Community in their Gulags as less than human.
You only have to ask any Traveller who was in any of these Religious Institutions. It was truly the marginalisation of a group of Irish people known as Travellers Community by the Irish Catholic Church itself, The Irish Government and the wider Irish Society. I know as a Survivor of 18 years in these Religious run Institutions how badly the Travellers Community of boys and girls were treated. By stigmatising Traveller children, as "less human" and more like animals, within the Religious run Institutions, the brutality by the Religious orders was far worse for them, purely because they came from the Travellers Community. One cannot do serious injury to another without first dehumanising him or her in one's mind, this I heard from a few Nuns and Christian Brothers as a child when talking about the Travellers Community, it was ingrained to everybody in the Religious run Institutions in Ireland.
Humiliation is something that is brought upon us by others. Ritual humiliation was a common form of punishment, abuse, and oppression, used in all the Religious run Institutions, in Ireland. The great German Philosopher, Immanuel Kant famously argued that, by virtue of their free will, human beings are not means-to-an-end but ends-in- themselves, with a moral dimension that invests them with dignity and the right to ethical treatment. To humiliate people, that is, to treat them as anything less than ends-in-themselves, is therefore to deny them their very humanity.
Many Survivors never recovered from their humiliations at the hands of the Religious Orders, their overburdened hearts shrivelled. For many years, the Survivors were and are preoccupied and obsessed by their humiliation and its real or imagined perpetrators, myself included. Many reacted with anger, with fantasies of revenge, sadism, delinquency. Survivors couldn’t internalise their trauma, leading many to fear and constant anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, sleeplessness, suspicion and paranoia, solidly isolation, apathy, depression, and suicidal thoughts. For many Survivors, their humiliation is a fate worse even than death. Owen Felix O’Neill
Irish Official accounts say almost 60,000 vulnerable babies and children were "disappeared" by the Irish Catholic Church, illegally trafficked, sold like cattle into North America by the Religious Orders of Ireland. But many groups of Survivors say the figure is at least 100,000. The disappeared children have left a deep scar on Irish Society for decades and for decades to come. Figures as high as 35,000 children are known to be buried in secret graves and septic tanks that haunt the landscape of former Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages of Ireland. This pattern was similar for those stolen, the women and their children who were taken from their homes in the middle of the night, only to be tortured, raped, enslaved for life at the many Religious run Institutions of Ireland.
The weak among the children were deliberately starved to death and then crudely disposed of at clandestine septic tank sewage systems. Most of the babies and a few children were disposed of by flushing them down toilets, flushed into secret Victorian sewage systems attached to all Religious run Institutions. After years of investigations, it is thought that some bodies of the disposable babies and children were destroyed with caustic soda, in the abattoirs that operated in all the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. We also know that caustic soda was added soon afterward to prevent blockages in the sewage drains, the Nuns taught of everything. Caustic soda we also known for it corrosive effects by the Nuns and was added by the Nuns to speed up with the decomposition of the child’s body to erase the baby's identification, while others, babies and children were just dumped, or dismantled into unknown mass graves.
Many Religious run Institutions in Ireland have mass secret graveyards for the disappeared, the mothers, the babies, the children, unwanted, not profited by the Catholic Church in Ireland. Children Raped, mothers brutalised by the Religious Orders in their rape rooms of Orphanages, Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes. I still have hopes of finding the remains of my own Mother, my Brother/s and Sister/s, one day I hope to find them and learn with them, their stories, my story. Today, families of some of the disappeared children are watching closely to see what is recovered from the long delayed septic tank at Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home in the West of Ireland. Over 800 babies and children still remain in the septic tank since it was discovered four years ago. One excuse after another is offered, it’s all to do with saving the Irish Catholic Church public humiliation. After all it was from a Mother and Baby Home run by the Catholic Order of Bon Secours Sisters. The unscrupulous Catholic Nuns disposed of the babies and children into an active septic tank with regularity for over 40 or 50 years. The septic tank was used for human waste, so the babies they flushed down the septic tank were also human waste. It was the diabolical Nuns that disposed of the babies and children into the septic tank with their own human waste.
The same order of Nuns, also trafficked illegally, over 1,000 more babies and children from Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home into North America. Now we learn that both the Irish Government and the Irish Catholic Church want the septic tank to be kept secret, forever. It is understandable, because if they remove the babies and children’s bodies from this septic tank, they know that they will have to investigate and open probably dozens of other septic tanks and mass grave-pits that dot the religious houses of Ireland.
Child Euthanasia was carried enthusiastically out by the Religious Order of Nuns and endorsed by the Catholic Church in Ireland in most of the Mother and Baby Home of Ireland. The sanctioned murder of severely mentally and physically handicapped children and young people up to 14 years old during The Cults reign in Ireland. We know that there were so-called special children's wards at all Mother and Baby Homes in the Irish State. The organised euthanasia of babies and children was carried out with religious fervour, ruthless efficiency by the Nuns that ran all the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland.
There are documents to support this, many of the documents come from what are now known as the “Sea Money Files”. Many of the documents are marked "Strictly Confidential" The Nuns called the shots, in all the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. Doctors and other medical experts were absent, as were reports that were to be filed with the appropriate health authorities in Ireland. The pitiless Nuns had decided that if a newborn child is suspected of being afflicted with the following congenital disorders, the child was to die.
Down's Syndrome, known at the time as Mongolism, is microcephaly in which the brain does not develop properly, resulting in a shorter-than-normal head. Malformations of all kinds, particularly the absence of limbs, severe midline defects of the head and spine. Paralysis, including Cerebral Palsy which in most cases was caused by the Nuns themselves, have been untrained as medics. Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. In some cases the Nuns pulled by force babies out of their mothers. Many within the Catholic Church in Ireland supported euthanasia with great enthusiasm. Make no mistake about it, euthanasia was carried out with ruthless efficiency in all Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. We know that the Nuns spoke to each other, regularly by phone and letters on their many mutual problems of the Mother and Baby Homes. Exchanging ideas, like what to do with a problem baby with birth defects, how to dispose of the baby, how to continuously collect money from the Irish Government, and finally how to dispose of the baby’s body once it dies. More importantly to the Nuns was how to deal with the unwed mother whose baby they killed and her family. The answer was with fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and fanatical devotion to Holy Mother Church with many a night of inhumane pain, visited upon the unwed mothers, a few as young as 11 years old.
We also know that even though the babies authorised for disposing off by the Nuns, didn’t died immediately, many of the babies instead were used for months in scientific research run by the International drug companies that paid the Nuns for the live babies, and more shocking kept the dead baby’s bodies long after the child die. Something else, there was close collaboration between the Nuns and their enablers, the Doctors, by the placing of some sick children in Irish asylums, where further experiments were carried out under medical supervision. There were "Special Children's Ward" in all Irish Asylums, there is evidence that a few hundred children with disabilities ended up in Irish Asylums up and down Ireland. Many of these children died and their bodies were preserved as were their brains for future research. There was no family to object, no written consent, and more importantly no documentation to worry about.
A few thousand children lost their lives through deliberate malnutrition, disease, and neglect, there was no official autopsy ever performed on the babies or children. Yet many of their brains and organs were kept for research, certainly by the Irish medical schools, a few are kept to this day in both Trinity College Dublin and The Royal College of Surgeons also in Dublin. We know from documentations that two International Drug Companies performed their own unauthorised autopsies on the brains of the dead babies and children. We also know that hundreds, if not thousands of children who had been used in medical experiments, died, soon after they were experimented on, and a few died within a few years after, from the complications of the different drugs they were exposed to. I say that the babies and children who had also been used in the drug experiments were brought to the Religious run Institutions to be murdered. Babies as young as a few weeks old and up to children in the age range of 14 were sadly murdered in all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland and that is a fact.
A few professional Researchers were hired by the Irish Government, most of them Academics who would soon shocked at what they discovered trawling through the religious secret archives, now known as The Sea Monkey Files. All the Academics found themselves at a loss to convey the horrors they encountered and uncovered while compiling, and trawling through the different archives of all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Thousands of Boxes filled with alphabetical lists of heinous crimes, documented in thousands of documents, oversized ledger- books filled with the names of the inmates of the various labour camps they worked in. Many Academics were still trying to grasp the reality of what they read and saw, all were horrified. The Academics discovered and saw the vast crimes committed by all the Religious Orders. To most Academics it was like the death camps of Nazi Germany, they read about in history lessons. One professor wrote that it was “Evidence of pure Evil” as a staunch catholic he wouldn’t believe that he was reading. His notes, his account is unsparing and graphic, with descriptions of what he was reading as he went through the documentation. He also noted that he could smell the odour of fear leaping straight from the old letters and musty journals in the archives. The professor was still trying to grasp the reality of what he was reading.
The large industrial processing – of human beings” the illegal trafficking of babies and children. The Academics were stunned to learn, this was Ireland after all they were reading about and not Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Nazi Germany. In the early 20th century, a group of powerful and bloody-minded religious men in Ireland hit on the idea of enslaving unwed women and their children, thus adapting the methods of the death camps in Nazi Germany, and pioneering for themselves or what they preferred to call the processing – of human beings.”
Every act of cruelty suffered by tens of thousands of babies, children, and their mothers was and is a crime against humanity. Yet the Nuns and other Religious Orders are desperately trying to destroy their terrible relics, the death camps, slave camps of Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages of Ireland. As long as these slave and death camps stand, all are evidence and living testament to the atrocities committed within their cold stone grey walls by the Catholic Church. Remember too that all the Religious run Institutions have vast unmarked mass graves and septic tanks, filled with women and children. We Survivors must preserve the memory of the our Holocaust, we owe it to the tens of thousands who died brutal deaths as chattel slaves of both the Irish State and - The Banality-of-Evil, that is the Catholic Church. We must never allow these remnants of human beings, the babies and children to be forgotten. The Septic Tank of Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home and other Septic Tanks in all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland will and must stand as one of the most chilling symbols of the dark days of our most recent history. Let us also not forget that the amoral Nuns had quietly and methodically organised the flushing of over 800 babies and children into their Septic Tank, in Tuam and doing so for over 40 years. Where was their Christian duty of love then, or their Christian compassion. Maybe the Nuns forgot — Isaiah 49:10
“They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.”
The Catholic Church did not just murder thousand of babies, and children, but their mothers and other women, and their children, but literally “harvested” their remains to the International Drug Companies allowing them to do illegal drug experiments in the Religious run Institutions. Researchers and Academics were highly shocked when they also discovered illegal drug experiments, committed on vulnerable babies and children. The Academics also discovered a brisk trade which emerged between the death /slave camps,The Mother and Baby Homes, Orphanages the Magdalene Laundries and the International Drug Companies. The Researchers and Academics were reading the reprehensible crimes from the account books kept by all the Religious Orders and their Institutions.
Not only did the International Drug Companies gave money to the Religious run Institutions, but so did local textile manufacturers. The Laundry was a profitable business for all the Magdalene Laundries, why not it was run entirely by slave labour. Carpets were also made and sold in many Religious run Institutions in Ireland. As was carpentry, tailoring, shoe making, farming, and hiring out domestic servants to locals and the hospitality industry, as well as hospitals, schools, universities. All Irish Government Departments, all the Irish Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, The Prisons. The true profits made from the illegal selling of babies, children, women and orphanage boys and girls, that ran into tens of millions of dollars a year. All can now be found and seen in the many well kept ledger-books used as account books by all the Religious Orders.
My question is “Can one do evil without being evil? And my answer after 18 years in a few Religious run Institutions in Ireland is a resounding YES. What is extraordinary was that many of the Nuns, Christian Brothers, Priests were just ordinary, probably from good middle class homes. Once in religious life and donning their uniforms many turned into amoral monsters, perverts, pedophiles, sadistic, and yes ‘terrifyingly normal’. Most performed evil deeds with evil intentions, many seem to get pure joy at inflicting pain on children, and women. What is sad is now I understand, many Religious people I met later in life and spoke to seemed disengaged from the reality of their evil acts. Many ‘never realised what they were doing’ due to an ‘inability to think from the standpoint of somebody else’. Lacking this particular cognitive ability, they ‘committed heinous crimes, against children and women under circumstances that made it well-nigh impossible for them to know or to feel what they were doing wrong’. All said they were doing the Lord’s work, many religious people said that they drifted into the Religious Orders of the Catholic Church, in search of purpose and direction, not out of deep ideological belief. Sadly many of the Religious Orders afterwards felt no remorse at their actions. There was no particular intention or obvious evil motive they said, things just ‘happened’, many claimed it was the work of the devil or they were led astray by seductive children and their immoral mothers. Owen Felix O’Neill
Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everlasting stream. Book of Amos.
The book of Amos holds God's people accountable for their ill-treatment of others. I denounce the crimes against humanity committed by the Catholic Church in Ireland. God did not exempt them from accountability for rape and murder of vulnerable women and children. The Irish Catholic Church were illegally trafficking needy, vulnerable Babies and Children for cash, taking advantage of the helpless, oppressing the poor, and the Clerics were using women immorally and as slaves. Drunk on their own economic success and corrupt power, intent on strengthening their financial position, the Clerics had lost the concept of caring for another. Religion without justice is an affront to God
I was raped as a boy for 18 years by the Clerics of the Irish Catholic Church, as were tens of thousands of other vulnerable women and children, in the rape rooms of Orphanages, Industrial Schools and Magdalene Laundries /Asylums of Ireland. My youth, my continuous haunting memories are a living testament to the rules, the practices, the causes of the Irish Catholic Church. If there are those who still want to remember the legacy of The Cult, the Irish Catholic Church. If they, the Catholic Church in Ireland want sepulchres, well, then, my body is a living monument, as are tens of thousands of other Survivors, alive today. My battered and bruised mind and skin is a testament to their brutality. My memories are never out of print but sepulchred in the dust of libraries of my tormented mind. Dead Saints, Scoundrels, and Clerical Paedophiles are venerated all across Ireland. Thousands of women and children are still hidden in the many septic tanks, cesspools and mass graves that grace beneath the fine lawns of many Religious run Institutions, like the Convents of Ireland. Genocide was committed, there were multiple crimes against humanity, rape, torture, trafficking of babies and children, and even murder of women and children, still there were no accountability and little or no prosecutions.
To this day, the Catholic Church in Ireland and the rest of the world, is still struggling to come to terms with its deplorable past, according to many historians. Irish people are still having a hard time openly addressing the country’s ecclesiastical government of the Gestapo Clerics of the past. The Irish government was ruled by tyrannical ecclesiastical rulers, who even wrote the Irish Constitution for them. They pledged loyalty and recognised as the supreme ruler of Ireland, The Pope in Rome. This of course was high treason, pledging allegiance to another State. The crime of Treason is defined by Article 39 of the Constitution of Ireland, adopted in 1937, which states:
“Treason shall consist only in levying war against the State, or assisting any State or person or inciting or conspiring with any person to levy war against the State, or attempting by force of arms or other violent means to overthrow the organs of government established by the Constitution, or taking part or being concerned in or inciting or conspiring with any person to make or to take part or be concerned in any such attempt”
The Catholic Church in Ireland waged a total war against the Irish People, explicitly against hundreds of thousands of women and their children. It ran Religious Detention Camps, through, State funded Magdalene Laundries /Asylums, Industrial Schools, Orphanages, funded by State Aid, Slavery, and Trafficking of stolen Babies and Children. There was and still is no "outrage of the Christian conscience”. The Irish Catholic Church "engaged in a bitter war of attrition with the Irish People, especially its women and children. Clerical oppression to anything that threatened their wealth or power was fought to a bitter end. One only has to think of Dr. Noel Browne’s Mother and Child Scheme, which was a healthcare programme in Ireland that would later become remembered as a major political crisis involving the Irish Government and Irish Catholic Church in the early 1950s.
The Irish Clerics criminal efforts to undermine various Irish Government institutions, practices and beliefs was always ongoing. Their iron grip on say, education and schools is another case in point. The Irish Bishops were hostile to the emerging programme that Dr. Noel Browne laid out in the Irish Parliament, his mistake was to defy the Bishops. The Irish Bishops publicly and energetically denounced its "false doctrines” and the fearless Dr. Noel Browne as the new satan. They dragged Dr. Noel Browne down and politically buried him. The Irish Bishops had won even though they were not elected by the people of Ireland, the Irish Bishops were having none of that, it was a direct threat to their power. Irish People didn’t want to know that the Rebels of 1916 lost their lives as the Irish Catholic Church seized the real power, the Rebels deaths were in glorious vain. The Irish Catholic Church formed the new government immediately with its henchmen, acolyte followers who were prepared to engage in crime or violence by way of service to the Catholic Church in Ireland. The nation of Ireland was in mortal danger, these dangers lay in the tyrannical ecclesiastical rulers.
As I reach my retirement age of 66 years of painful memories, there is no retirement of my raped youth. All my religious tormentors were rapists, dressed or undressed as religious paedophiles, hid in plain sight, glorified and encouraged by the Irish Catholic Church. All my tormentors and rapists were Clerics. My very existence is a relic of slavery and rape, compounded by the Catholic Church in Ireland. As far as my family history goes and what I learned and can confirm, I am the descendant of slaves. I am the son of a slave; my slave mother was also a daughter of a slave. My mother, and grandmother were domestic servants in the Religious run Institutions, like Magdalene Laundries /Asylums of Ireland. My mother Nora McCarthy, brutalised as a slave, died, penniless as a slave in a Magdalene Laundry /Asylum of Ireland. Her disfigured body unceremoniously dumped with hundreds more helpless women and vulnerable children into an unmarked mass pit. The Irish Catholic Church as an enemy of Ireland, was and is guilty of injustice toward the innocent, poor, women and children.
Many boys and girls of the Religious run Institutions of Ireland that were sold out to outside businesses for profit, like hotels, farms, guesthouses, clerical residences, were all domestic servants, none of the boys or girls were ever paid. Because they were mistreated as domestic servants, and slaves, many if not all were raped, brutalised at random. Many of the girls and women after being raped ended up pregnant to continue a very vicious cycle, the children were abandoned by their rapist fathers.
The Irish Clerics took what they wanted, there was nothing to stop them, they were encouraged by both the weak Irish State, and a corrupt An Garda Síochána. A fearful, ignorant Irish population fell silent, as their daughters, their children were dragged, screaming out of their homes, their local communities looking on in silence. In many cases the local communities helped by betraying their neighbours over petty disputes, and vicious gossip. All to appraise the local Catholic Church. The Clerics of the Catholic Church in Ireland took what they wanted from women and children they raped and enslaved, they brutally used and even murdered some of the enslaved women and children. The Clerics did not love them, did not care about them, the vulnerable women and children, over whom they had extraordinary power. My battered body and haunted mind are a continuous tangible truth of the brutality of the Irish Catholic Church and its past.
Myself, My Mother, my Grandmother, her Mother and even her Grandmother were owned by the holier-than-thou Irish Catholic Church. My Brothers and Sisters, who I never met were also owned, brutalised, and raped, murdered by the Irish Catholic Church. In fact, hundreds of thousands of other Mothers, women, children were enslaved, stolen babies trafficked, brutalised, tortured, raped, and murdered, in all the Religious run Gulags of Ireland. You cannot dismiss me as someone who doesn’t understand what happens in the Religious run Institutions of Ireland. You cannot say it wasn’t my family members who were enslaved, brutalised, tortured and murdered in these Gulags. I am squarely at the heart of this debate; I will speak out till my last breath of pain. I am Irish, I come from Ireland, I got Celtic blood flowing through my veins from hundreds of generations, I am here. The crimes and corruptions of the Catholic Church in Ireland must be reckoned with now, we cannot go on for generations without true accountability.
Our Irish history is rich in greatness, great historical figures, even a few Nobel Laureates. Our causes are justified, our Celtic ancestors lie but just a footstep beneath our soil. I am proud of every one of the Survivors who survived slavery in the Religious run Gulags of Orphanages, Industrial Schools and Magdalene Laundries /Asylums of Ireland. I am not proud of the sanctimonious Catholic Church in Ireland whom I know, by virtue of my very existence, their lies, their hypocrisy in all things pertaining to life. Their treatment of my entire family, and many other families of Ireland is a continuous scandal. Whatever happened to all their sanctimonious talk about putting family first, and the sanctity of life. Where was their sanctity of life as they raped, murdered, and sold women and children for profit? For the Clerics and Christians, human life is sacred and is a gift from God, so they preach and scream daily, and must be respected and protected. The Bible teaches that human beings are created in the image of God. It also teaches that murder and rape are forbidden yet was carried out in all the Religious run Institutions of Ireland.
Among the many apologists for the Catholic Church in Ireland. there are still those who dismiss the brutality of the past. They imagine a world of benevolent Clerics, and speak with dreamy or sentimental loss, of a romantic Ireland that never existed. These same clerical enablers deny the brutal rape, trafficking of stolen babies, torture, enslavement, illegal drug experiments and murder of tens of thousands of women and children in all the Religious run Institutions of Ireland. My reply to them both, the enablers and Clerics, I am living proof as are thousands of the other Survivors. Still a few are blind to the truth, but Survivors still are telling their stories. We need a full reckoning with the truth, the Catholic Church and its monuments to lies must fall. Owen Felix O’Neill
We need a ruthlessly honest debate over the use of slavery in the Religious run Institutions in Ireland, not just in the context of last few centuries, but more recently in Irish history. Slavery was widely practiced and accepted in all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Forced Slavery was in use in all The Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, and Orphanages of Ireland. The babies and children of these slaves were often stolen and sold into bondage into other countries far from their homes. Irish slaves and bondage became the economic engine of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Slavery and Trafficking of children were so profitable, for the Catholic Church in Ireland, that it allowed the Church to thrive on its ill gotten gains. With cash crops of Slaves, andTrafficking of stolen babies and children, the Catholic Church in Ireland became the economic engine of the burgeoning Irish State.The Slavery and Trafficking business was a tax free business running into hundreds of millions of dollars. Slavery was so profitable at the time that it allowed the Church to expand both its land holdings and its wealth growth, ex financially.
The Irish slave economy had been very good to the Catholic Church’s prosperity, enslaving women and children became a commercial necessity. Slaves represented the church’s most significant investment and the bulk of their great wealth. The Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, and Orphanages of Ireland, required slave labour to operate their systems. The Magdalene Laundries of Ireland were driven largely by indentured servitude. Most of its human chattel were poor, unmarried mothers taken from both their homes and communities. In exchange for their work, in The Magdalene Laundries, the women and girls received food and shelter, a rudimentary education and sometimes a trade. Slavery was widely acceptable in all Irish Religious Institutions that had become a morally, legally and socially acceptable institution within Ireland.
As more and more unmarried women were used as slaves in The Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, and Orphanages of Ireland, a new industry was born;- The illegal Trafficking of babies and children, these babies and children were inspected and treated like prized animals to be bought and sold to the highest bidder. Adoptive American or English Parents proved an increasingly lucrative enterprise for the enterprising Catholic Church in Ireland. These able-bodied Babies and Children fetched a Premium price in North America. Some adoptees were willing to pay a higher premium price, for what they perceived to be special features, like a red-headed boy or girl, with green eyes or a blond-headed boy or girl with blue eyes. An average price ranged between $2,200-$3,500, plus a monthly service fee of $65 or more. Both the slave labour of women and trafficking of babies and children became so entrenched within the Catholic Church in Ireland that nothing at the time would dislodge it, not even the belief that all men were created equal. Both slavery of women and trafficking of babies and children were the Church’s most profitable business.
Steadily, a near-feudal society emerged in Ireland, at the top was the aristocratic landowning/property elite, known as the Clergy who wielded much of the economic and political power in Ireland. Their Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, and Orphanages of Ireland spanned across the country, controlling the lives of tens of thousands of women slaves and their children. A distorted culture of gentility and high-minded codes of righteous honour emerged within both Irish society and the Irish Church. Slavery and Trafficking had become essential to the continued growth of the powerful Irish Catholic Church’s economy. We need a “brutally honest” reckoning on the Irish Catholic Church’s legacy of forced slavery, forced adoptions, the manner of death in their Institutions, their disposals and the trafficking of both babies and children.
Hundreds of thousands of Irish people were enslaved in these unforgivable Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Though it is impossible to give accurate figures, because the Irish Religious Orders that ran the Gulags of slavery, deliberately destroyed or altered their books, documents and identities of many of the women slaves and their trafficked babies and children. All the Religious run Institutions in Ireland like the Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, and Orphanages depended on slave labour. They couldn’t operate them without the legion of enslaved women and children. The trafficking of both babies and children greatly enriched the Catholic Church in Ireland and that is a fact.
Slavery was passed of as the domestic trade, flourished, and is itself widespread and still used in all the Religious run Institutions of Ireland, not just Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, and Orphanages, but all their Convents, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Parochial Houses and Palaces. Peculiar institution of slavery remained absolutely vital to the Catholic Church in Ireland and is still used to this very day. The cruelties of the Nuns in particular as slave owners was to make their women slaves completely dependent on them through a system of restrictive codes and institutionalisation.
Many elderly enslaved women still to this day live in Irish Convents, they were prohibited from learning to read and write, and their behaviour and movement were restricted by their captives, the Righteous Religious Orders. The enslaved women to this very day remain committed to the institutionalisation of their shattered lives, encouraged by the Nuns. The Catholic Church in Ireland has a history of long-term institutionalisation of women and children. I speak from experience, sadly my mother, Nora, died a brutal life and death as a slave, at the hand of her brutal tormentors, The Good Shepherd Nuns. I’m the son of a Slave. I never met her, but I felt she was always with me, I was raised as a slave for the first 18 years of my life, in a few of the savagely violent Religious run Gulags of Ireland, as have a few thousand more Survivors who can testify to Irish Slavery.
Both the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Irish Government need to acknowledge this vile trade of slavery and child trafficking that operated freely in all Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Their criminal part in it, and pay immediately Reparations for their joint part in the Slavery of defenceless women and their vulnerable children. This debate is long overdue, world events demand justice now for all Survivors of the Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Owen Felix O’Neill
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, according to the Nuns and it really is very simple. First of all, sadly many babies died in Bessborough, like all the other Religious run Institutions in Ireland. In fact according to the official 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 monies 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 in 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 person lease a child for a period of time by paying instalments, and can own the 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 sold around the world.
The criminal 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, 40,000 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 in Ireland. 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 her 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.