In Memory of a time that shouldn’t have been.


Born of a time when fear was the norm,

when status and learning and religion were king,

When children were condemned before they were born

and their mothers were less than life so abhorring


The silence that fell on ears that didn’t hear,

The families afraid to stand against an ideology of fear,

Men and women of god strangely un-caring,

Love , care and understanding strangely absenting.


We now look to blame to isolate reframe,

We now want the answers to questions unknown,

We now stand aloof of a time all answers just lame,

We stand in judgement of a period where they died alone.


What can we do to change what has passed?

What can we do to absolve our own guilt,

What can we change to reframe the future,

Don’t stand in judgement let our hearts be re-built.


Adrian McKenna is a Social Care Professional ; he has worked for many years with young people and adults in residential care, detention services, mental health services and post-adoption services. He currently works with a large Dublin-based charity. He is a Member of Social Care Ireland, The Irish Association of Social Care Workers, Social Justice Ireland and sits on the Social Care Workers Board at CORU.

All views expressed are entirely my own unless otherwise stated and are not representative of any organisation or employer past , present or future.




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