Survivors of the mother and baby home institutions will share their experiences at a live online event, Republic of Shame, hosted by journalist Caelainn Hogan and presented by Droichead Arts Centre and the LIVE Network on Thursday, 27th May at 8.00 pm.
With the ongoing legacy of the mother and baby home institutions still affecting countless lives in Ireland and beyond, 'Republic of Shame' author Caelainn Hogan brings together intergenerational survivors who will share their own experiences, opening up a conversation with questions welcome.
This panel discussion will take place live on Zoom. The event is free to attend but advance booking is essential. PArticipants will include:
Caelainn Hogan is a journalist from Dublin whose book Republic of Shame investigates the ongoing legacy of the religious-run institutions, narrated through her own experience of speaking with survivors and those who helped operate the shame-industrial complex. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The Guardian, Harper's, The Dublin Review and more.
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Noelle Brown is an actor and comedian who was adopted from Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork. Her play 'Postscript' explores her experience attempting to trace her mother. Noelle has spent the last 32 years working as a performer, writer, theatre-maker and director. She is also a campaigner for Adoption Rights and is asking for the Irish State to exhume the mass graves at the former Mother and Baby Institutions throughout Ireland.
Terri Harrison left Ireland in the 1970s single and pregnant. She hoped to keep and raise her child in London but was sent back from the UK by the Crusade of Rescue to Bessborough mother-and-baby institution in Cork. After escaping she was forcibly sent to St Patrick's on the Navan Road, the largest mother-and-baby institution in Ireland, where she was separated from her son. She has run a support group for mothers since the 1990s and is currently the director of the Christine Buckley Centre. She is also a musician and poet.
Jess Kavanagh was raised by an Irish-African mother and Soul enthusiast who fed her a musical diet of Motown, Jazz and Irish Indie. Jess has written and released music with band BARQ, toured extensively with The Waterboys and worked with top international and Irish artists, such as Hozier, Kodaline, Jape and Le Galaxie. Jess has contributed regularly to Arena on RTE Radio 1 and has chaired panels, discussing creativity, feminism, race and entrepreneurship. Her front cover of Hot Press’ Repeal The Eighth issue was also on display in The National Photographic archives as a part of Hot Press’ cover exhibition. Jess’ story was included in 'Republic Of Shame' and she wrote a spoken-word poem highlighting the personal and communal experiences of intergenerational trauma.
Eunan Duffy is an Adoptee, Activist and Advocate. He was adopted from the Marianvale, Mother & Baby Institution in Newry, Co.Down; this Institution was operated and owned by the Good Shepherds Sisters from 1946 until 1984. Eunan only became aware of his adoption circumstances in 2016, when it became necessary for him to provide a full birth certificate, as part of marriage requirements in Poland. He will speak about the current investigations in Northern Ireland and the cross-border trafficking of children by religious agencies.
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