Monday, 10 March 2014

The Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools Exposed with Social Action Radio

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Magdalene Laundries Survivor and Activist Diana O'hara and Wayne "Bear Smoke" Snellgrove an Industrial School Survivor and Advocate for justice join us on Social Action Radio. co-hosted by Dallas BlakJak Burgess/ Darcy Delaproser


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Survivors of Good Shepherd/Magdalene Laundries in North America

The Magdalene Laundries and Native American Industrial School Scandal

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Abuse Survivors and Justice Advocates Wayne and Diana Snellgrove join us again to voice the call for justice for the victims and survivors of the Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools crimes against humanity

The Good Shepherd Magdalen Laundry

The Good Shepherd Magdalen Convent, Sunday's Well, Cork.

The Good Shepherd Convent, Magdalen Asylum,Sunday's Well, Cork opened on the 29th July 1872. It remained the site of orphanage, Magdalen laundry until the late 1970s. The buildings have been derelict ever since a serious fire in 2003. The laundry was one of buildings that were destroyed. 

The existence of the Magdalen asylums was little thought of until, in 1993, when an order of nuns in Dublin sold part of their convent to a real estate developer. The shocking discovery of 155 inmates buried in unmarked graves was made, all were exhumed and with the exception of one body were cremated and re-interred in communal grave.

This triggered a public scandal and became local and national news in 1999.

Mary Norris, Josephine McCarthy and Mary-Jo McDonagh, all asylum inmates, gave accounts of their treatment. The 1998 Channel 4 documentary Sex in a Cold Climate interviewed former inmates of Magdalen Asylums who testified to continued sexual, psychological and physical abuse while being isolated from the outside world for an indefinite amount of time. 

The conditions in the Good Shepherd Convent, Magdalen Laundry Asylum, and treatment of the inmates was dramatized in the acclaimed film The Magdalene Sisters (2002), written and directed by Peter Mullan.

For more images and history.


Justice will prevail

Justice will prevail!


 Courage has a name: It is Diana O’Hara. Diana is a survivor of the 
Magdalene Laundries operated in the United States by the Good Shepherd 
Sisters, a Roman Catholic religious institute for women.
The order is among those that are being charged with the 
enslavement and abuse of thousands of woman in what are called 
“Magdalene Laundries.”
Diana’s childhood slipped away while she was trapped by walls of stone and hearts of barbed wire.
At the age of seventeen SILENT NO MORE ! walked away from the Good 
Shepherd Laundry in Albany New York, but a part of her still remains 
As a survivor of child abuse, I understand the trauma that can be 
caused when your innocence is stolen and your childhood has been 
vandalized. Diana O’ Hara struggles each day with the pain of what 
happened to her as a helpless young girl, but she lives her life as a 
beacon of strength and an example of an indomitable spirit.
Each day she lives her life as a victory over those who tried to 
break the spirit of a “big mouthed Irish girl” who became one of the 
most courageous women

 Diana (words of an inspring women who overcame what life thrown at her )

I was finally released from these "convents" filled with medieval 
madness, a kaleidescope of tortured memories would spin in my head 
...the entire experience was so bizarre that there was no sense that 
could be made out of it cannot make sense out of evil ...Then I 
came upon the movie The Magdalene Sisters and there was my life in a 
movie ...It was then that I realized there was nothing random about any 
of this ...this was ORGANIZED ABUSE across the board ...I woke in the 
middle of the night last year and it all became very clear to me ...the 
greed, the corruption, the story ....and I got up and wrote I AM THE 
VOICE....The Magdalene Laundries/Good Shepherd Convents were here in 
America and it is a part of our history that has been kept in the dark 
...NOT ANY LONGER ...Girls, young women being locked away is not 
acceptable is an OUTRAGE ....our babies were taken ...this is not 
acceptable is an OUTRAGE ...I am putting a shout out to any 
girl/woman who was "sent" to one of these places to please step into the
LIGHT and join us ...Your experience is a part of all of our 
experiences ...we need your voice to make this happen ...We need all of 

Rolled razor wire on top of the wall that surrounds the Good Shepherd Convent ....this is where I was sent to do "penance" ....


I am The Voice" by Diana O"Hara

Evil all dressed up in priest costumes.  The Vatican hosted a Masquerade Ball and the price for a ticket?  Your soul.  And the dark spirited ones gathered.  They could think of nothing more grand.  For what is a soul?  In exchange, they could go out and wrack havoc.  They could get drunk on their power and feast on people's pain and be fully protected by those who extended the invitations.  Gloating, the Masterminds sat in the balconies overlooking the costumed affair.  All of the attendees could be used as tools to accumulate great wealth and riches.  Ah, they murmured, we will send out additional invitations to nuns of the same ruthless caliber and increase our legions.  Oh, and the response was most gratifying.  All stood ready for their orders from the Vultures behind their Holy Masks.  And the Masterminds went to work devising a brilliant scheme they thought of as infallible.  Go for the underdog, they ordered.  The ones who have no voice, no position in society.  So, the women were captured by the priests and condemned in a ghost court on charges of "sinning" and sentenced to a life of servitude.  They were then handed over to the nuns who were the guards behind the GATES OF HELL known to the world as convents.  Give them labels such as wayward, whore, incorrigible, headstrong, and promiscuous and have them do penance for their iniquities.  The penance they perform will serve as a means to support the convents and trickles of money will begin to flow through the channels leading to the palace.  Spread the word that the Holy Church is providing a refuge for these unruly women and will be overseeing their salvation.  As part of their salvation, change their names as the nuns do so that they melt into non-existence and are hard to trace.  Hide them behind walls that no authority will dare enter because it has been deemed as Holy Ground.  Encourage society to view them as outcasts not worthy to mingle with others and only bringing shame to their families.  Take their babies out of their arms and tell them they are undeserving and unworthy of motherhood.  For the babies will turn trickles of money into world owning riches.  And this will all be done in the name of goodness and mercy.  Finding homes for these poor orphans of circumstance will be as easy as collecting the price tag placed upon each tiny head.    And those babies were set out on voyages to America and other countries and the Heavens rained broken hearts.  The Holy Ones simply put up their umbrellas and filled their storehouses with treasure.  The stench of greed and corruption was covered up by the incense that filled the churches.  The cries of anguish were drowned out by the recitation of the Mass.  And so this breath sucking, horrendous Masquerade Ball continued with even more invitations going out to state and local governments.  Come, come one and all to the Masquerade Ball . . . there's great money to be made if you answer our call.  The plan is so clever, no chance it will fall.  But one day, the BONES OF THE BEAUTIFUL were found.  The ones with no voice were now speaking volumes through their death.  The remnants of their tired, abused bodies had been discovered and the LIGHT OF TRUTH fell upon the Masquerade Ball.  The predators began to scatter and run and they looked up into the balconies for protection and assistance.  The Masterminds grew nervous as the LIGHT began to penetrate the masks causing them to fall off and expose true identities.  The Masterminds retreated into the bowels of the palace desperate to devise a cover up of their Master Plan.  They returned to the balconies and spoke words of denial.  The Keeper of the Dark Secrets behind the Mask of the Most High proclaimed these atrocities had never occurred.  But the voices of those who had suffered were heard through the voices of their children and others who were stunned by this cruel conspiracy.  A conspiracy generated and played out by those masquerading as Holy Representatives of God down through the ages.  But this conspiracy cover up blanket is threadbare.  You can look right through it.  It's there . . . See it?  The blanket is thrown across a bed filled with deceit and terror.  Only those afraid to leave the shores of the land of their "comfort zone" are blinded.  But the LIGHT always shines brightest in the dark and illuminates the TRUTH.  AND I STAND IN THE LIGHT OF TRUTH . . . FOR I AM . . . 
The EYES of all those who witnessed unspeakable horrors in the name of salvation
The EARS of all those who heard the screams of anguish behind convent walls
The HANDS of all those who clung to their babies as they were being torn away from them
The VOICE of all those who were forced to stand silent as their world shattered like a dropped mirror, changing their reflection forever
I ask you, how many golden chalices can be acquired from the Magdalene women's pain and how many jewels can be bought with the cries from their babies?

So many have walked in pain from our experiences is the intro to Dancing With Destiny ...

Dancefloor of Life ... That pain ... The memories and the words that continue to play in your head that cause emotions of fear, shame, anger, confusion... That pain... That causes you to stumble on the dancefloor, to hesitate, to spin, and sometimes fall ... That pain... And you get up and you begin dancing again but you feel like you never get the steps "right" and you feel out of sync with the music that is playing. The songs you've been dancing to have played over and over in a thousand different ways. And you let out a sigh and you sit on the sidelines and you watch others on the dancefloor. And BAM!!! A HUGE A-HAH moment bursts through. Your dance partner has been .... That ...pain !!! What if you changed dance partners? What if you danced with ...Confidence? Happiness? Love? What if you intended to make it the most beautifully orchestrated dance you could dream of? What if you began to breathe life into your dreams and made them come alive? What if you began to dance with your dreams? The spotlight is on YOU ... This is YOUR life and this is YOUR dance... YOUR DESTINY... You choose the create the steps... WELCOME TO ... DANCING WITH DESTINY
Diana O'Hara