About Me

Welcome to the new website of journalist Ciaran Tierney

Ciaran Tierney has set up his own business after working as a staff journalist for the Connacht Tribune for over 22 years. Based in Galway, he specialises in journalism, content writing, and offering social media expertise to clients.

Skills include:

  • Journalism
  • Content writing
  • Social media
  • Ghost blogging
  • Public relations

 

2 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Ciaran ,
    Your ” Tuam ceremony..” piece in the Irish Times of last weekend ends with the line that ” the families are still seeking
    justice for their loved ones.” . Some serious irony here!
    The reason those single mothers wound up in the Tuam MBH
    was that they had no family support when it was needed.
    Retro-active love doesn’t cut it – the stark truth is that these
    poor creatures had no family-support when they needed it and civil society , as the parent of last resort , had no option but to place them in institutional care . The only real family the babies born in Tuam and similar homes knew was the staff that cared for them at that time.
    The Tuam MBH case seems turning out to be a damp squib.
    The sensational ” 800 babies in septic tank ” put out by Ms. Corless and the IT ( denied by Ms Corless but recorded on
    video by Rosita Boland – lets say she mis-spoke ) was not
    correct ( see the statutory COI Interim Report of Mar. 2017)
    or so it seems but the canard went round the world and
    did us ,as a nation , no credit . A journalistic low-point too
    perhaps for the IT but worst of all was the hatchet-job done
    on the Bons Secours Order who ran the Tuam Home until
    it closed in 1961 . The list of politicians and journalists who climbed on that band-wagon – and who now may have to
    “man-up” and apologise to the good nuns is impressively long !
    I plead guilty to some cynicism in regard to the Tuam MBH . It
    is in danger of becoming a cottage-industry – a redress-scheme for “survivors”( and their lawyers) , a video , possibly
    a book of the Angela’s Ashes genre by Christmas.
    Regards ,

    Michael Gill

  2. Dear Michael,

    The four people I spoke to in Tuam last Saturday who have family members among the 796 feel entitled to call them their “loved ones” even though they never met their missing brothers and sisters.

    People like Peter Mulryan and Anna Corrigan cannot rest until they find out what happened to their sister and brothers.

    Yes, they were taken from their mothers, and they did not receive any support from their families at the time. But they are entitled to the truth now.

    In four years of writing about this issue, I have never heard Catherine or the families claim there are 796 children buried in a septic tank.

    What they do claim the right to, though, is to find out what happened to their missing siblings. If there are only 200 or 300 or 400 of them buried in Tuam, don’t they have a right to know what happened to the remainder? Don’t they have to find out if they possibly have brothers and sisters alive in the USA or Canada?

    The response of the Irish authorities, the Bon Secours, and a certain PR firm to these quiet-spoken people has been appalling. That’s why they are determined to keep this issue in the news, until they establish exactly what happened in Tuam.

    Imagine the shock Peter got to be told he had a sister, ten years younger, after his mother died. Imagine the shock Anna got to be told she had two older brothers after her mother passed away.

    It’s appalling to dismiss their genuine hurt, concern, and sense of injustice.

    Ciaran

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