News has been swirling around the recent revelation that the grounds of one of Ireland’s many “mother-and-baby homes” contains a tremendous number of unceremoniously buried children. This home was run by a Roman Catholic Church sect called the Bon Secours nuns; it is located in Tuam, Co Galway. The story has gone viral, with the usual bad information and overstated statistics — but one thing we can all be certain of is that those children died neglected and unhappy at the hands of the church in collusion with the State. We can only hope this revelation opens a thorough investigation by the Gardaí, and more than that, a wider dialogue about the role the church plays in the laws of the Republic of Ireland and the lives of her wonderful people.
Today I found this poem by a young man called Stephen Murphy. He speaks so eloquently, so movingly, about the historic price paid by the people of Ireland.