Christmas Around The Regions - 2016

Every single Year it just gets better and better and better.....

Every Year in Right of Place Second Chance we host a wonderful day for some of our service users and every year without fail we are unfortunatly oversubscribed. To many Christmas is a wonderful time full of chear, merryment and time spent with loved ones and to some its a time of loneliness, isolation and can be difficult.

So this year we decided to make our Christmas day extend to something even bigger and better every year. So much so that we had some Survivors again asking us how does it keep on getting better and better and better every year. Well the answer is simple - it's because of them, our wonderful volunteers and our dedicated staff who strive to work together to create a bit of magic at Christmas, just like every other day of the year!

Special Thanks

Before we even begin to explain how Christmas was celebrated across the regions, I think its important to note those that gave their time freely this Christmas period and I can begin with;

Micheál Walsh - who spent 10 Hours in the office on Christmas Eve, calling over 50 Survivors to wish them a happy Christmas and to tell them Right of Place Second Chance was thinking of them, completely voluntarily.

Trish, Pascale and Michael - For ensuring everything was arranged, wrappeing presents, sending invites and generally helping out on the day.

Cartamundi - For their continued donation of many Board games for Survivors and their children/Grandchildren.

The Butler Family - Who donated not one, but TWO €40 Dunnes Vouchers

The Granville & Dooleys Hotel - Who once again donated a Meal Voucher each, valued at €50 per one.

Boots, Sam McCauleys and Powers Chemist - For their donation of several beauty products, Lynx/Nivea hampers and vouchers.

GM Catering - who done an unbelievable Christmas dinner with all the Trimmings (and a fantastic desert)

House of Waterford Crystal - A special thanks to Waterford Crystal for the personal/VIP tour of their world famous factory in Waterford City.

To all the other individuals, business and the Volunteers (Particularly Trish & Michael) who helped out on the day - many thanks.





The Invitations were the first things that were designed and delievered to each of the clients who were to attend. Each individual got a personalised invitation to attend the event and to RSVP with their local office.










After this, Trish, Micheál and Pascale decided to wrap all the presents individually so that they could be drawn by whoever the individual was who was lucky to get a present (although every Survivor left the event with at least one, two and in some cases three presents.) This took a lot of time, but this year there was such an excellent range that everybody left extremely happy with the items that they received.




A special Tour 

Next up and before the dinner was a pre-arranged special tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. This was arranged free of charge by Waterford Crystal and truly was a remarkable experience as the VIP treatment we received was fantastic. It was so warmly received that even a Kilkenney man; couldnt help but appreciate the excellece of Waterford Crystal.

Caranua Information Events (Waterford & Limerick)

Caranua information events in Waterford and Limerick

Caranua will host two information events in the coming weeks, in Waterford and Limerick. These events will provide an opportunity for people to talk to Caranua staff, and for Caranua to answer any questions you may have.

There is no entry fee, and you can come at any time from 10.30am, until the event closes at 1pm.

When: Saturday 19th November 2016
What time: 10.30am to 1pm
Where: Treacy’s Hotel, 1 Merchants Quay, Waterford*

*You can enter the venue via the main reception in Treacys, or alternatively there is a separate entrance that leads directly into where the event is being held. If you are facing Treacys Hotel the entrance is three doors down to the left from the main reception entrance. It is through a black door with ‘Jack Ts’ over the door.

Caranua information event - Limerick
When: Saturday 3rd December 2016
What time: 10.30am to 1pm
Where: Clarion Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Limerick

Additional support for Mother and Baby homes investigation

Clann is a new project set up by Justice for Magdalenes Research and the Adoption Rights Alliance, to support people drafting statements for the Mother and Baby Homes Commission.

Clann is a new project that will offer support to those who wish to make a statement to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters. Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) and Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) have set up this project. It will help people giving statements to the Commission with support drafting statements. It will be delivered in association with global law firm Hogan Lovells.

Everyone who compiles a witness statement with Hogan Lovells’ assistance will retain a copy and will be free to use it for any other purpose, including making a written submission to the Commission should they wish not to appear in person. The Clann project has also created a Guide to the Commission of Investigation as a resource. Clann’s assistance will be available to people living anywhere in the world.

It is important to note that while the Commission is dealing with 18 institutions, assistance under this project will be offered to anyone with experience of Ireland’s treatment of unmarried mothers and their children, and now adult adopted people, even if they do not fall under the list of the 18 institutions.

Clann will hold information sessions in Ireland, the UK and the US in due course.

Please note Right of Place is not involved in this project, but is a useful tool for those of us who have contacted us in relation to the Commission.

Clann Website:
Clann Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guide to the Commission of Investigation:
This can be found by clicking above, on Getting supports.


For any other enquiries, please feel free to contact us on 1890 200 709

"The Blue Boy" A Play that explores Institutional Abuse




A number of years ago Right of Place Second Chance worked with a wonderful theatre company, "Brokentalkers" as they looked to create a piece of Art that incorporated Survivors stories, experiences and life in Irelands Industrial Schools.

What was created in conjunction with Right of Place Second Chance and Brokentalkers was an award winning piece of Art that has been showcased around the globe and received rave reviews. Once again, Brokentalkers are bringing this piece back to the country of origin and the county where many Survivors offered their time and experience freely to feed into the piece.

The Blue Boy, is described as;

*Important* Caranua Information Events (Cork & Galway)

After a very successful information event held in Dublin this month, where Right of Place Second Chance had an information stand, Caranua are hosting similar events in Cork and Galway.

Caranua will host two further information events in Cork and Galway in early 2016. The events will provide information on support services available for survivors of Irish institutional abuse. In addition to Caranua, other organisations will also have information stands at the event.

Supports for survivors of institutional abuse – what’s available and where to go

LOCATION               WHERE                   DATE                     TIME

Cork                River Lee Hotel,Western Road, Cork                   Saturday 23rd April             10am - 1pm

Galway           Radisson Blu Hotel,Lough Atalia Rd, Galway      Saturday 14th May               10am - 1pm

Caranua will host two further information events in Cork and Galway. The events will provide information on support services available for survivors of Irish institutional abuse. In addition to Caranua, other organisations will also have information stands at the event.

This is not a conference, and will not have speakers, but will instead provide an opportunity for people to move between information stands to pick up information leaflets and ask questions.

There is no entry fee, and you can come at any time from 10am, until the events closes at 1pm.

Caranua intend to run more events in Limerick and Waterford later in 2016, and will announce details of these events in the autumn.

Please pass this information onto anyone who might be interested!

Organisations taking Information Stands

In addition to Caranua, there will be other organisations in attendance at the events. They will have information tables where people can take information leaflets and speak to staff if they wish.

If you have any questions relating to these events, please contact one of your regional offices , by clicking here.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact Caranua directly, by clicking here. 

Educational Opportunities you never knew existed

Education Service

Remember Education does not have to be all about sitting in a room and looking at a book. Many of you will be aware of Mr. Pat Sheehan, a wonderful asset and supporter of our organisation who can facilitate educational opportunities for you and your family. So please have a read, you'll be surprised what can be done!!!!

Adult Education is more open than it has ever been.

Many adults go on short courses for different reasons, some of which are:

- A person wants to learn about using computers, the internet, e-mailing, booking holidays, keeping in touch with relatives and friends abroad with Skype. Learn how to Text.

- Wants to pay Motor Tax online or practise the Driving Theory Test. Apply for Driving Licence.

- Wants to improve their chances of finding a job or a better job

- Wants to improve their reading, writing, spelling, filling out forms

- Wants help with numbers

- Wants to improve their communication skills

- Wants a hobby

There are places available on the Art Class in St John’s College every Thursday at 10am. This Art Class is now 14 years in operation. Beginners are always welcome to try it out.

There are now more opportunities than ever in education. There are more courses available. There are more places offering courses such as Community Centres, Adult Education Centres, Colleges for Adults.

If you want any help for yourself or any of your relatives finding a course or advice on a course, or on funding and fees, a good place to start would be to contact Pat Sheehan (ETB Education Facilitator) to make an appointment to see him. Pat works exclusively with Adults who were in the Industrial Schools and their relatives. The appointment can take place in the ETB offices in Lavitt’s Quay, in the Right of Place offices on the Lower Glanmire Road or at a more convenient location for you.

Contact Pat the following ways:

Phone Right of Place offices (021)4551377 or Low Call 1890 200709 and leave a message.

Phone Pat directly on (086) 4073023

Phone the ETB offices on (021)4856363, ask for Pat or leave a message

Summer 2013 Newsletter



The Following Newsletter was published, printed and sent during the week ending the 23rd of August 2013. (Please see below for link)

*Please kindly note, there is two separate links, with a total of 4 pages)

Front Page and Back Page (opens in New Window)

Middle Pages (opens in New Window)


This Newsletter was distributed to our members and is also available for anybody to view in each of our Regional Centres, should you not be a member but wish to pick up a copy. Additionally to this, it was distributed to many of the agencies we deal with, to keep them informed of developments in Survivors lives and to aid them referring Survivors onto our Services, should they present themselves and not no who Right of Place Second Chance is.


We hope you find/found it interesting and we hope there is some information contained within that is of some benefit to you and your family. There was also a number of other items that could not fit into the newsletter this time, that may include some useful information and this is detailed below;



My name is Francis O’Donnell and I am an ex. pupil of Brothers of Charity, Lota.  I would be grateful if the following named people who are also ex. pupils of Brothers of Charity, Lota would make contact with me as I have some information to pass on to them –


William Dee

Con Horan

Patrick O'Sullivan

Thomas Wallace


I can be contacted through the Right of Place Second Chance office in Cork at

021 4551377 (from Ireland) or 00 353 21 4551377 from Northern Ireland/Great Britain.




Information, photographs requested for the family of Kevin Cassidy, born in Dublin. Mr Cassidy is a former resident of Upton from dates 1947-1953.  Please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377 if you have any details on Mr Cassidy.



Final request for information, photographs and stories of the late Arthur Greene, former resident of Upton 1959-1965. .  Arthur Greene was an avid basketballer with Upton. Arthur’s children have no information or photographs of their father and are very eager to have some information on him. Please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377 if you have any details on Arthur Greene.


Kerry Drop In Centre:

A Drop in Centre for the Kerry Region was opened on 2nd July 2013. The drop in centre runs every Tuesday evening in Cumman Ioseaf Community Centre, Balloonagh, Tralee, Co Kerry.  Meet fellow survivors, get involved in upcoming events, exhibitions and outings. Open to all survivors and their family.  For more information contact the Cork Office at 0214551377.


Art Exhibitions in Cork and Kerry Regions:

An Art Exhibition ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ which showcases survivors Art, Poetry, Prose , Photographs and Crafts will be held in

Blackpool Library 16th -23rd July –open to the general public.

Tralee Town Library 23rd-30th September – open to the general public.

Request of arts, poetry, prose, photographs and crafts to be placed in the exhibition. Please contact the Cork office at 0214551377.

Poetry Competition in Cork and Kerry Regions:

A poetry competition is being held over the course of the summer. All entries to the competition are to be received no later than the 30th of August.

1st Prize: 200 euro

2nd Prize: 75  euro

3rd Prize: 50  euro.

The winner will be chosen by Billy Keane, son of acclaimed Irish poet and playwright, John B. Keane on the 27th September 2013.  An event will be held in the John B. Keane pub in Listowel, Co Kerry.

Research and Request for Participants:

A Study into the Abuse at Letterfrack Industrial School is being undertaken by Psychologist Jerry Lynch.  Jerry, who has worked with a number of survivors from Letterfrack feels that the abuse that went on in Letterfrack needs to be highlighted.  If you are interested in participating please contact Annemarie Crean, Outreach Coordinator, Cork and Kerry Regions, at 0214551377 for further information.


“The Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History” is being conducted via the Women’s Studies Centre in University College Dublin.  As many women will not get the opportunity to have their stories and experiences of the Laundries told UCD are offering women the chance to have their stories put down in paper and recorded.  If you have any knowledge on the Magdelene Laundries, have experiences of the Laundries and are willing to participate please contact Annemarie Crean Outreach Coordinator Cork and Kerry Regions, at 0214551377 for further information.



Our Art Class in Cork has run very successfully this year with pieces being included in the upcoming Art Exhibitions.  The classes have finished for the summer but will return in the Autumn. If you are interested in attending please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377.


Our Woodwork Practical Class will be running in the Autumn in Cork. If you are interested please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377.


We are hoping to get Classes established in the Kerry Region in the next number of months.

Financial Audited Accounts - 2012

Right of Place Second Chance is pleased to publicly make available our Annual Audited Accounts for 2012.


We are always thankful for the continued support of our funding Partners, namely;

The HSE,

The Department of Education,

The St. Stephens Green Trust Fund

And the many Individuals who donate, who offer their time and their expertise in our quest to advance and promote our shared goal - advancing the lives of Survivors and their families.


To view our 2012 Audited Accounts pl ease click here to view

Art Exhibition - Cork "Walk a mile in my shoes"


After the huge success of this event last year in Waterford City, it was decided to expand this into our other regions.


Have a read, pop in and have a look if you are around and most importantly if you have anything that you would like submitted give Ann Marie a call in Cork :)






  • · ART WORK
  • · PROSE
  • · CRAFTS









Exciting News - Opening of a Kerry Regional Drop in Centre












Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board's Website (updated)



The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board have established a new website. (more commonly known as the Trust Fund)


The contents of this website include;


  • More Information
  • Contents and Minutes of any meetings the New Board have
  • A section on Press Releases
  • An Area to Contact them
  • An option to register for updates and Register your interest


It is important to note, that if you feel in any way uncomfortable registering your details with the Board, any new information / updates will be available on our website, posted to our members through our Newsletter and all our staff are kept appraised of the latest information.

It is also crucial to understand that the full workings of the board, its full remit and how to submit applications has not yet been agreed!

This means that, they will not accept applications for assistance at this point, nor have they fully completed the Process of advising what assistance will be available.

There new Website is;

Please click here


If you have any questions on this please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

Upcoming Social Outing for the cork Region



*Right of Place Second Chance have organised an event running Friday the 28th June to  Kayak Cork Harbour  Centre.

*The outing will include transportation, cost of events for the day and lunch:

The Events are as follows:

Archery and The Sharp Shooter Competition – which one of the group will be hailed the Sharp Shooter for the day?

Orienteering – This is a great way to get to know others in your group and build rapport among the group.

* The bus will be leaving ROPSC offices in Cork the morning of the 28th.

* Places are limited so first come first serve policy applies.

* To arrange a place please contact

Annemarie Crean or Cork Office

0214551377 / 1890 200 709

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Please get you name in as early as possible, places are limited and there is already considerable interest. Also Please note that this is the beginning of a series of events, planned for each of our regions, particularly our Cork / Kerry Region. So Hurry get your name in!


Once again, would like to send a big thanks to our Cork office and staff for their commitment to making these Projects a reality!





The Women's Studies Centre, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin is currently running a research project titled;
The Magdalene Institution  Recording an Oral and Archival History.
The aim of the project is to interview people with a wide range of experiences and perspectives on the Magdalene Institutions.  Right of Place is currently working with the study in relation to recruiting possible participants and ensuring that those with experience of the Laundries get the opportunity to discuss their experiences in a confidential manner.
The project is operating with the strictest protocols to protect the confidentiality and privacy of all participants. The research aims to provide the opportunity for people to have their story told.
If you have any queries, looking to be a participant or know of someone who is interested in participating please contact.
Annemarie Crean
Outreach Coordinator
Right of Place Second Chance
100-101 Lower Glanmire Rd
0214551377 / 1890 200 709.



Invitation to Tender: An Organisational Review leading to a five year strategic Plan


Is it enough to say you are doing a good job?

Is it enough to look at yourself and your own organisation and think we can't do anymore?


The simple answer from Right of Place Second Chance is - NO!


As a result Right of Place Second Chance, are inviting suitably qualified persons to tender to carry out an organisational review leading to a five year strategic plan for the organisation.

The purpose of this review is for a person with external expertise to come in and look at the services we offer, the systems we have in place and to make suggestions to improve them.

We also want this individual/organisation to talk with our staff, our members and our clients to find out what is important to them over the next number of years and what direction our charity should take to best meet the needs of Survivors.


This is yet another milestone in Right of Place Second Chance's development. Despite the changes we have made in the last two years, we want to remain dynamic and proactive and it is, yet again, another first for Survivor Groups. We would also like to afford a special mention to the St. Stephen's Green Trust for the assistance in carrying out this review.

So if you have an interest in carrying out this external review and you are suitably qualified / experienced, we would invite you to send your application to us. The Details of the review is listed below;



Support a Survivor - support his talents



The following below is an extract from a book currently being developed by a Survivor who is a member of our organisation.

His name is Patrick Strahan and Patrick has always offered his support, advice and information to our organisation.

What is extraordinary about Patrick is his life story - his talents are exceptional and we always believe in promoting the best that Survivors have to offer and it has to be said - Patrick is the best at what he does.


Patrick (aswell as being a talented writer) is also an extremely talented craftsman. Patrick is a master at forging and with the support of those closest to him has rejuvenated a wonderful piece of history, into his art.


So below is a small extract from a book he is working on, but even further down from that is information on his Professional life, his work and I hope all Survivors / our supporters and everybody else supports him in his excellent work.

From us to you Patrick, keep up the great work;


As I drove back into the picnic area I'm relieved that it's empty no cars, no people. The daylight is almost gone and I put on the handbrake looking up at a few bright stars appearing in the summer sky. As I sit there running through my thoughts I open a can of beer and light a cigarette. The lights of Dublin city below are clashing with the ever darkening sky and it somehow reflect the conflict that's within me.

I thought I'd never reach eighteen years of age, that marked the day I would officially be free I could make my own decisions without interference. I pondered over my young life and tried to make some sense of my journey, three years with my mother, eleven years in a child prison and a college education behind me. I was so emotionally challenged that I couldn't identify the borderline between happiness and sadness which left me walking the tight rope between being carefree and careless. A self diagnosed educated mad man.

Raised by nuns left me feeling lonely, confused, insecure, angry and a deep sense of injustice about the collective one size fits all treatment I received over the years. I really tried my best to understand and respect their unique approach to life. It was an almost impossible task as they were completely and utterly unwilling to discuss or negotiate in any context subjects that were not within the parameters of the Catholic brand. They had for whatever reason decided to give their life to Jesus and I didn't have a problem with their right to make that choice.

I certainly had a major problem with their expectation that, that was the best and only route for me. I had to suppress and hide my views, because I was in a situation where if I wasn't prepared to accept that my primary purpose in this life was to prepare a place for myself in the next one, then I was open to mental and emotional abuse. There also seemed to be a theory that if I had any resistance to this great message and could not embrace it, then they were quite willing to beat it into me. In this very insular environment where impulse or spontaneity were not encouraged it was nothing short of spiritual abuse.

I was taken from a mother who according to the court detention papers was unfit, well that's all it said in the little yellow box. A simple yet shrewd country girl with lots of children and lots of fathers. The fact that she loved us was only a minor detail when the powers that be came to remove us from the family home. A family unit that desperately needed support was thorn apart with brothers and sisters sent to different industrial schools based on age difference. My beautiful darling brother Dermot and myself were put in the same mini bus, instantly I became his protector, at the ripe age of 3 years just a year younger than myself he was my family until his death ten years later. He was a super kid with a great passion for life and although his medical diagnosis from an early age was not optimistic he remained active up to the last week of his life. I loved him beyond anything words can explain and I still miss him today. It seemed to me that the people overseeing my affairs at that time didn't realize that there is no trade off for love. "



Additionally to this, I implore you to have a look at the wonderful creative Artwork talents that Patrick has. The company that he and his wife have founded and started, deserves all the support it can get. You don't believe me? Take a look for yourself -


Well Done again Patrick and to your continued success!!!!!!