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'I went to my own mother's funeral not knowing it was her'

By Patricia Devlin

THERE are not many in this world who have faced the depths of disappointment that Tony Kelly has, and managed to persevere on with a smile. 971 more words

'You are holding your baby and you are being told you are a filthy, selfish whore'

By Patricia Devlin

WHEN Terri Harrison discovered her period was late in February 1973, she knew she had to leave Catholic Ireland.

“The plan was if I discovered I wasn’t pregnant I’d have a ball for about a month and then come home,” said Terri.  1,038 more words

Child number 1629 - David's story

By Patricia Devlin

This month I spoke to a number of survivors of Ireland’s horrific mother and baby institutions.

One of those was David Kinsella, a Dublin man who was born in the notorious St Patrick’s facility on the Navan Road. 1,241 more words

Branded a fallen woman, but Mary was just another victim of Catholic Ireland.

By Patricia Devlin

WHEN Francis Timmons held his dying mother’s hand, he felt like the luckiest man on earth.
For not many children who survived the horrors of the 1970’s Irish care system were as fortunate to be with their mothers. 784 more words

Former Altar Boy Coordinator At Dorchester Church Charged With Sexual Abuse

BOSTON (CBS) – A former altar boy coordinator at a Dorchester church was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused a child in the 1980s. 215 more words


Our Shame

Great Britain in the ‘olden days’ had large orphanages for the poor children who had lost their parents or had been sold by their poor parents. 325 more words

The Cult of the Narcissist: Is this your Pastor?

The narcissist is the guru at the center of a cult. Like other gurus, he demands complete obedience from his flock: his spouse, his offspring, other family members, friends, and colleagues. 810 more words