Minister Invites applications to fill vacancies on Caranua Board


The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, T.D. yesterday (Tuesday 21st February 2017) announced that applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies on the Board of Caranua, the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board.The vacancies to be filled are the eight ordinary members of the Caranua Board. At least four of the members of the Board must be persons, who before they attained the age of 18, resided in an institution specified in the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002.

Caranua is an independent statutory Board established under the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012, to help meet the needs of persons who suffered residential institutional child abuse.

The process of filling the vacancies on the Caranua Board is being managed by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) under the revised procedures put in place in late 2014 for the appointment of persons to positions on State boards. Applications may only be made through the dedicated website  PAS will undertake an assessment process in relation to the expressions of interest received and at the end of that process it will provide the Minister with a list of candidates deemed to be suitable for appointment to the Board.

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 14th of March 2017.

The campaign and where to apply can be found on this link;


If you need assistance in making your application through the Public Appointmens Service, please do not hesitate to give us a call and as always we will assist you in this regard.

Finally, the decision of Board members does not lie with Right of Place Second Chance or Caranua, this is a decision for the Minister with the assistance of the PAS.

Minister Bruton publishes Draft Terms of Reference for Review of Eligibility for Caranua

Minister Bruton has announced a 3 week consultation period which began on the 15 February 2017 in relation to the proposed draft terms of reference of a review of eligibility for Caranua (the Residential institutions Statutory Fund).The draft terms of reference are available on the Department’s website at the following link: 

Under the 2012 Act those eligible to apply for support were the approximately 15,500 former residents who received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent court awards or settlements.

In response to calls made during the passage of the legislation through the Houses of the Oireachtas for the eligibility for access to the fund to be widened, the then Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairí Quinn T.D., gave an undertaking that the question of eligibility for access to the Fund would be reviewed two years after its establishment having regard to the level of uptake of the funding available.

Minister Bruton believes that it is timely to now undertake such a review and, in fulfilment of a commitment he gave in 2016, he is seeking the views of all interested parties with regard to the draft terms of reference only at this point.

Accordingly Minister Bruton invites comments on the draft terms of reference. Such comments should be sent to the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by post to Caranua Eligibility Review, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96. The deadline for receipt of comments is Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Please note that responses to this invitation to submit comments will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (further details are available at in which case particular information exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, such as personal contact details, may be omitted. As this is a public consultation submissions may in any event be published on the department’s website and by submitting comments you are indicating your consent to this approach and waiving your anonymity.


Please note that at this stage, the submissions the Minister is looking for relates to the Terms of Reference only at this point.


If you have any questions relating to this, or need assistance in submitting your comments please do not hesitate to contact us directly. Alternatively, please use the contact details above if you wish to make your individual comments known.


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 unfortunately oversubscribed. To many Christmas is a wonderful time full of cheer, merriment 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!

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, wrapping 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 delivered 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 Kilkenny man; couldn't help but appreciate the excellence of Waterford Crystal.

During this one hour tour, the 25 that attended we treated to a wonderful display of some of the most iconic pieces of Crystal in the world. The Crystal Ball that drops in Times Square every New Year, the Players Trophy (often considered Golf's 5th Major) and even the American People's Choice Awards previously won by such esteemed people as Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock were all shown to our Survivors.

Waterford Crystal Tour

Some even got their hands on one (and who's to say they won't be the Next winner of the Players Championship)

All Survivors got the chance to blow the glass, watch it being handcrafted and see the process in its entirety.

To say this was a truly remarkable experience would be an understatement. Its not hard to see why the Crystal Factory is one of Ireland's most visited attractions and a special thanks to all at the House of Waterford Crystal for their kindness.


Next came the dinner across the regions. In total, there was roughly 50 individuals across the regions who availed of the Christmas Dinner.

We even made a couple of special deliveries to two individuals who were recovering from recent stays in hospital to drop them up a dinner and of course their present.

A full Chicken and Ham roast was on the menu and our Survivors in Cork had a particualrly unusual Chinese dinner for Christmas Dinner - but it was what they had hoped for and it was what we were able to supply them with.

Cork Christmas


 World Famous Sing Song

Towards the end of the evening Right of Place Second Chance's now legendary Sing song busted out.

Our Chairperson brought his guitar to play a bit of backing track and in a weird twist, Jack from Kilkenny decided to sing the Rose of Mooncoin and I'm sure he dedicated it to Micheál Walsh our Outreach Officer based in the Waterford Region.

(Although I'm sure this had something to do with the gentle conversation about the Border Extension of Waterford City - but let's not go there again.)

Some got up and recited poems and gave a few jokes. Dick even stood up and regaled us of tales of his sea faring days which were both fascinating and unbelievably exciting. Generally it was a wonderful way to end what was a wonderful event.

It was celebrated differently in each region and for those who could not come due to health reasons, we were delighted to bring them a bit of cheer this Christmas period too.

All in all, it was a day that truly is getting better and better and better every year. Here's to many more and a Very happy New Year to all of those that contact us seeking our support and offering us encouragement and to all Survivors and their families may 2017 be a prosperous and happy one!!

The Finish

Annual Report 2016


As a charitable organisation that supports Survivors of Institutional Abuse we are delighted to launch our Annual Report covering 2015.

This report is a small snapshot into the work that we carry out on behalf of Survivors across Ireland and those who contact us within our diaspora across the world.

2016 Annual Report for Right of Place Second Chance *(please note, opens in a new window)

Please click here to view.

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

Annual Reports


Here we publish our most recent Annual Report so that you can see the work that is being carried out.

We believe that the information contained within our Annual Reports, the record of the amount of calls and the types of calles is an invaluable resource in seeing the needs of Survivors and are pleased to publish our work in this section accordingly.


2015 Annual Report (Opens in a new window in .PDF)



Financial Statements



We believe in ensuring all our information is available to the public, our service users our funding partners.

We are committed to ensuring complete transparency in our work. Accordingly, please see below for our Financial Statements;


2016 Financial Statements

- Please click here (Opens in pdf in a new window)


2015 Financial Statements

- Please click here (Opens in pdf in a new window)


2014 Financial Statements

- Please click here (Opens in pdf in a new window)


2013 Financial Statements

- Please click here (Opens in pdf in a new window)


2012 Financial Statements

- Please click here (Opens in pdf in a new window)

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 :)






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Exciting News - Opening of a Kerry Regional Drop in Centre