THE ESTIMATED FINAL budget for what the Office of Public Works (OPW) spent on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland is approximately €18 million.
The pontiff paid a two-day visit to Ireland coinciding with the World Meeting of Families at the end of August.
Published on Nov 12, 2014
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To mark the 20th anniversary of Mary Raftery's 'States of Fear' we are publishing her new DIB entry by Liz Evers. This coincides with the launch of a new @DublinCityUni exhibition on her life and work.
And thus we launch The Mary Raftery Prize at this evening’s exhibition opening. Many thanks to the family & friends of Mary Raftery & @BAItweetsThanks also to @DCU_SCA @DCU_SoC @RTEArchives @IrishTimes @irishexaminer @MartinDoyleIT @joelittlerte @DIB_RIA
"We are not survivors, we are the families of those who are buried in that tank. We represent people with 11 of our loved ones in that pit.
"We are disgusted with statement made by Anna Rabbitte which we consider is insulting and divisive ~ * pitting those in the grave against the homeless children.*
More than 900 children died in Bessborough or in hospital after being transferred from Bessborough. Despite very extensive inquiries and searches, the Commission has been able to establish the burial place of only 64 children. The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who owned and ran Bessborough do not knowwhere the other children are buried.
Beautiful Angel William Gerald Walsh 26-10-1960 – 02-12-1960 My heart burns with my love for you and my soul cries out in sorrow having lost you – Mam xxx”
“In 1994, a (nun) told the mother of this infant that her child was buried in the congregation burial ground in Bessborough. However, records held by St Finbarr’s Hospital at that time recorded the child’s place of burial as Cork District Cemetery, Carr’s Hill.”
”For Bridget, the thought that baby William is not laid to rest where she believed, where she visited, and where she prayed, but is likely buried instead in a pauper’s grave on overgrown Famine ground, is one final heartbreak more than she can bear.”
"The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary stand to make untold millions from the sale of the former mother and baby home at Bessborough. Over 800 babies are missing and they may be buried on those lands.
"I wrote here last month about Bridget, (not her real name,) the woman who told me five years ago what had happened to her in the Bessborough mother and baby home.
“I had a beautiful baby boy, born in Bessborough in 1960 (who) died at six weeks, (and I was) myself lucky to have survived with the same infection; was told a dirty needle. I hadn’t known where my son was buried until 15 year ago when I plucked up enough courage to confront the nuns at Bessborough.
“I now know.
“Although I was a so-called inmate in Bessborough at the time of his burial, I was not allowed to be at his burial. It breaks my heart not knowing if he was dressed in a gown, or even if he was laid in a coffin.
“To this day, 54 years later, (I am) still trying to come to terms with the horror of it all.
“May God forgive them.
[Bridget] “.... Although I was a so-called inmate in Bessborough at the time of his burial, I was not allowed to be at his burial. It breaks my heart not knowing if he was dressed in a gown, or even if he was laid in a coffin.
“To this day, 54 years later, (I am) still trying to come to terms with the horror of it all. ....