For the past few months, Fin Dwyer, of the Irish History Podcast, and journalist Peter McGuire have been looking into child sexual abuse in the recent past and present.
They have been doing their investigations with the help of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund.
Further to this…
Mark Malone writes:
Your readers might be interested in this podcast around sexual abuse published today by Irish History Podcast. It’s not easy listening, but in the context of what it explore and uncovers, it’s necessary listening.
It includes information on how conservative Catholic activists acted in the 1980s to shut down Department of Education research into the nature and scale of abuse experienced by school kids in the family home.
From 8.33min in… “In 1981, the Department of Education surveyed school children and the results revealed child sexual abuse to be a considerable problem. However, in January 1982, Christina Bhean Ui Chribin and Una Bhean Ui Mhathuna took court action to prevent the department conducting further surveys. These women, deeply conservative catholic activists, reflected a view held by many in Irish society that the safest place for children was in the traditional family home.”
Bryan, Mike and their six brothers and sisters were raised in a strict, religious home from which Bryan was banished when his parents found out he was gay. It took many years, but eventually, they would all reconnect.
Filmmaker Anthony Cerniello had photographer Keith Sirchio shoot portraits at his friend Danielle’s family reunion, from her youngest cousins to her oldest relations. The shots were digitally edited together in After Effects and 3D Studio Max then smoothed out into a single flowing sequence using Nuke 3D VFX to create an artificial, entirely fictional, but highly convincing timelapse animation.
Cerniello insists the only way to watch this is all the way through (no skipping) and with sound.
Soundtrack: Mark Reveley