Children’s Corner


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This afternoon.

Essex Street/Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

The Somebody’s Child ‘extallation’. To wit:

This work makes present the erased social history of the many thousands of infants and children whose lives were lost in Ireland’s Mother and Baby homes and orphanages. Often buried in the dead of night, with no ritual or mass, they have remained entombed and buried beneath the Irish landscape. Somebody’s child is a cultural expression of public grief and human anguish, an invitation to society to embrace all the banished children as our own flesh and blood, without fear or shame.

Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn will officially launch the ‘extallation’ at  2pm tomorrow.

(Leah Farrell/


10 thoughts on “Children’s Corner

  1. gorugeen

    A thoughtful tribute methinks.
    And it was all done in the shadow of the crucifix. What a warped, grubby history we have.

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      +1. The power of art to encourage discussion about painful events is a beautiful thing.

      But don’t worry, I’m sure the church apologist will be along soon to ruin it for everyone.

    1. realPolithicks

      “Without meaning to sound negative or anything, I think it looks awful!”

      What a true gobspoo you are.

  2. Bonkers

    Fair play to Mannix, he knows how fortunate he was to escape the clutches of state sponsored child abuse and he’s not forgetting those who weren’t so fortunate and paid for it with their lives

    1. ahyeah

      He didn’t really escape it. They got him. But, true, he’s turned it into something good. Had his share of suffering, though.

  3. Hashtag McMór

    Mannix Flynn? Why is this guy a councillor? Oh, there must be an election coming? Hey, Flynn – why don’t you do something to help the community of traders and taxpayers instead of your electorate in the flats and the arts council luvvies? We need another Dockrell’s in Camden St for a start.

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