The Disappeared

Irish Official accounts say almost 60,000 vulnerable babies and children were “disappeared” by the Irish Catholic Church, illegally trafficked, sold like cattle into North America by the Religious Orders of Ireland. But many  groups of Survivors say the figure is at least 100,000. The disappeared children have left a deep scar on Irish Society for decades and for decades to come. Figures as high as 35,000 children are known to be buried in secret graves and septic tanks that haunt the landscape of former Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages of Ireland. This pattern was similar for those stolen, the women and their children who were taken from their homes in the middle of the night, only to be tortured, raped, enslaved for life at the many Religious run Institutions of Ireland. 

The weak among the children were deliberately starved to death and then crudely disposed of at clandestine septic tank sewage systems. Most of the babies and a few children were disposed of by flushing them down toilets, flushed into secret Victorian sewage systems attached to all Religious run Institutions. After years of investigations, it is thought that some bodies of the disposable babies and children were destroyed with caustic soda, in the abattoirs that operated in all the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. We also know that caustic soda was added soon afterward to prevent blockages in the sewage drains, the Nuns taught of everything.  Caustic soda was also known for its corrosive effects by the Nuns and was added by the Nuns to speed up with the decomposition of the child’s body to erase the baby’s identification, while others, babies and children were just dumped, or dismantled  into unknown mass graves. 

Many Religious run Institutions in Ireland have mass secret graveyards for the disappeared, the mothers, the babies, the children, unwanted, not profited by the Catholic Church in Ireland. Children Raped, mothers brutalised by the Religious Orders in their rape rooms of Orphanages, Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes. I still have hopes of finding the remains of my own Mother, my Brother/s and Sister/s, one day I hope to find them and learn with them, their stories, my story. Today, families of some of the disappeared children are watching closely to see what is recovered from the long delayed septic tank at Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home in the West of Ireland. Over 800 babies and children still remain in the septic tank since it was discovered four years ago. One excuse after another is offered, it’s all to do with saving the Irish Catholic Church public humiliation. After all it was from a Mother and Baby Home run by the Catholic Order of Bon Secours Sisters. The unscrupulous Catholic Nuns disposed of the babies and children into an active septic tank with regularity for over 40 or 50 years. The septic tank was used for human waste, so the babies they flushed down the septic tank were also human waste. It was the diabolical Nuns that disposed of the babies and children into the septic tank with their own human waste. 

The same order of Nuns, also trafficked illegally, over 1,000 more babies and children from Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home into North America. Now we learn that both the Irish Government and the Irish Catholic Church want the septic tank to be kept secret, forever. It is understandable, because if they remove the babies and children’s bodies from this septic tank, they know that they will have to investigate and open probably dozens of other septic tanks and mass grave-pits that dot the religious houses of Ireland. 

Child Euthanasia was carried enthusiastically out by the Religious Order of Nuns and endorsed by the Catholic Church in Ireland in most of the Mother and Baby Home of Ireland. The sanctioned murder of severely mentally and physically handicapped children and young people up to 14 years old during The Cults reign in Ireland. We know that there were so-called special children’s wards at all Mother and Baby Homes in the Irish State. The organised euthanasia of babies and children was carried out with religious fervour, ruthless efficiency by the Nuns that ran all the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. 

There are documents to support this, many of the documents come from what are now known as the “Sea Money Files”.Many of the documents are marked “Strictly Confidential” The Nuns called the shots, in all the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. Doctors and other medical experts were absent, as were reports that were to be filed with the appropriate health authorities in Ireland. The  pitiless Nuns had decided that if a newborn child is suspected of being afflicted with the following congenital disorders, the child was to die. 

Down’s Syndrome, known at the time as Mongolism, is microcephaly in which the brain  does not develop properly, resulting in a shorter-than-normal head. Malformations of all kinds, particularly the absence of limbs, severe midline defects of the head and spine. Paralysis, including Cerebral Palsy which in most cases was caused by the Nuns themselves, have been untrained as medics. Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. In some cases the Nuns pulled by force babies out of their mothers. Many within the Catholic Church in Ireland supported euthanasia with great enthusiasm. Make no mistake about it, euthanasia was carried out with ruthless efficiency in all Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. We know that the Nuns spoke to each other, regularly by phone and letters on their many mutual problems of the Mother and Baby Homes. Exchanging ideas, like what to do with a problem baby with birth defects, how to dispose of the baby, how to continuously collect money from the Irish Government, and finally how to dispose of the baby’s body once it dies. More importantly to the Nuns was how to deal with the unwed mother whose baby they killed and her family. The answer was with fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and fanatical devotion to Holy Mother Church with many a night of inhumane pain, visited upon the unwed mothers, a few as young as 11 years old. 

We also know that even though the babies authorised for disposing off by the Nuns, didn’t died immediately, many of the babies instead were used for months in scientific research run by the International drug companies that paid the Nuns for the live babies, and more shocking kept the dead baby’s bodies long after the child die. Something else, there was close collaboration between the Nuns and their enablers, the Doctors, by the placing of some sick children in Irish asylums, where further experiments were carried out under medical supervision. There were “Special Children’s Ward” in all Irish Asylums, there is evidence that a few hundred children with disabilities ended up in Irish Asylums up and down Ireland. Many of these children died and their bodies were preserved as were their brains for future research. There was no family to object, no written consent, and more importantly no documentation to worry about. 

A few thousand children lost their lives through deliberate malnutrition, disease, and neglect, there was no official autopsy ever performed on the babies or children. Yet many of their brains and organs were kept for research, certainly by the Irish medical schools, a few are kept to this day in both Trinity College Dublin and The Royal College of Surgeons also in Dublin. We know from documentations that two International Drug Companies performed their own unauthorised autopsies on the brains of the dead babies and children. We also know that hundreds, if not thousands of children who had been used in medical experiments, died, soon after they were experimented on, and a few died within a few years after, from the complications of the different drugs they were exposed to. I say that the babies and children who had also been used in the drug experiments were brought to the Religious run Institutions to be murdered. Babies as young as a few weeks old and up to children in the age range of 14 were sadly murdered in all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland and that is a fact.

A few professional Researchers were hired by the Irish Government, most of them Academics who would soon be shocked at what they discovered trawling through the religious secret archives, now known as The Sea Monkey Files. All the Academics found themselves at a loss to convey the horrors they encountered and uncovered while compiling, and trawling through the different archives of all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Thousands of Boxes filled with alphabetical lists of heinous crimes, documented in thousands of documents, oversized ledger- books filled with the names of the inmates of the various labour camps they worked in. Many Academics were still trying to grasp the reality of what they read and saw, all were horrified. The Academics discovered and saw the vast crimes committed by all the Religious Orders. To most Academics it was like the death camps of Nazi Germany, they read about in history lessons. One professor wrote that it was “Evidence of pure Evil” as a staunch catholic he wouldn’t believe that he was reading.  His notes, his account is unsparing and graphic, with descriptions of what he was reading as he went through the documentation. He also noted that he could smell the odour of fear leaping straight from the old letters and musty journals in the archives. The professor was still trying to grasp the reality of what he was reading. 

The large industrial processing – of human beings” the illegal trafficking of babies and children. The Academics were stunned to learn, this was Ireland after all they were reading about and not Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Nazi Germany. In the early 20th century, a group of powerful and bloody-minded religious men in Ireland hit on the idea of enslaving unwed women and their children, thus adapting the methods of the death camps in Nazi Germany, and pioneering for themselves or what they preferred to call the processing – of human beings.” 

Every act of cruelty suffered by tens of thousands of babies, children, and their mothers was and is a crime against humanity.  Yet the Nuns and other Religious Orders are desperately trying to destroy their terrible relics, the death camps, slave camps of Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages of Ireland. As long as these slave and death camps stand, all are evidence and living testament to the atrocities committed within their cold stone grey walls by the Catholic Church. Remember too that all the Religious run Institutions have vast unmarked mass graves and septic tanks, filled with women and children. We Survivors must preserve the memory of the our Holocaust, we owe it to the tens of thousands who died brutal deaths as chattel slaves of both the Irish State and – The Banality-of-Evil, that is the Catholic Church.  We must never allow these remnants of human beings, the babies and children to be forgotten. The Septic Tank of Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home and other Septic Tanks in all the Religious run Institutions in Ireland will and must stand as one of the most chilling symbols of the dark days of our most recent history. Let us also not forget that the amoral Nuns had quietly and methodically organised the flushing of over 800 babies and children into their Septic Tank, in Tuam and doing so for over 40 years. Where was their Christian duty of love then, or their Christian compassion.  Maybe the Nuns forgot — Isaiah 49:10

“They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.”

The Catholic Church did not just murder thousand of babies, and children, but their mothers and other women, and their children, but literally “harvested” their remains to the International Drug Companies allowing them to do illegal drug experiments in the Religious run Institutions. Researchers and Academics were highly shocked when they also discovered illegal drug experiments, committed on vulnerable babies and children. The Academics also discovered a brisk trade which emerged between the death /slave camps,The Mother and Baby Homes, Orphanages  the Magdalene Laundries and the International Drug Companies. The Researchers and Academics were reading the reprehensible crimes from the account books kept by all the Religious Orders and their Institutions. 

Not only did the International Drug Companies gave money to the Religious run Institutions, but so did local textile manufacturers. The Laundry was a profitable business for all the Magdalene Laundries, why not it was run entirely by slave labour. Carpets were also made and sold in many Religious run Institutions in Ireland. As was carpentry, tailoring, shoe making, farming, and hiring out domestic servants to locals and the hospitality industry, as well as hospitals, schools, universities. All Irish Government Departments, all the Irish Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, The Prisons. The true profits made from the illegal selling of babies, children, women and orphanage boys and girls, that ran into tens of millions of dollars a year.  All can now be found and seen in the many well kept ledger-books used as account books by all the Religious Orders. 

My question is “Can one do evil without being evil? And my answer after 18 years in a few Religious run Institutions in Ireland is a resounding YES.  What is extraordinary was that many of the Nuns, Christian Brothers, Priests were just ordinary, probably from good middle class homes. Once in religious life and donning their uniforms many turned into amoral monsters, perverts, pedophiles, sadistic, and yes  ‘terrifyingly normal’. Most performed evil deeds with evil intentions, many seem to get pure joy at inflicting pain on children, and women. What is sad is now I understand, many Religious people I met later in life and spoke to seemed disengaged from the reality of their evil acts. Many  ‘never realised what they were doing’ due to an ‘inability to think from the standpoint of somebody else’. Lacking this particular cognitive ability, they ‘committed heinous crimes, against children and women under circumstances that made it well-nigh impossible for them to know or to feel what they were doing wrong’. All said they were doing the Lord’s work, many religious people said that they drifted into the Religious Orders of the Catholic Church, in search of purpose and direction, not out of deep ideological belief. Sadly many of the Religious Orders afterwards felt no remorse at their actions. There was no particular intention or obvious evil motive they said, things just ‘happened’, many claimed it was the work of the devil or they were led astray by seductive children and their immoral mothers. Owen Felix O’Neill 

                           Survivors Lives Matter

Ireland’s Mother and Baby Scandal

In two special episodes of People and Power, (above link) from filmmakers Callum Macrae, Mark Williams and Al Jazeera correspondent Laurence Lee, we investigate deeply disturbing allegations that both the Irish state and its religious orders were responsible for a systematic decades-long regime of institutional neglect and exploitation involving the death of thousands of children.

Over the period from 1922 to 1970, 195,000 children entered the gates of the 50 or so Industrial Schools in Ireland. The period for which they stayed varied widely, but the average was more than 7 years.​

‘There must be no squeamish sentimentalism about our duty to preserve the purity of Irish motherhood through the sanctity of holy matrimony, according to the rites and traditions of the Irish Catholic Church, this was said at the time in the late 1940s.’

The Irish Bishops also said this;-

     “We must hasten this process with cold ruthlessness.” in eliminating this scourge from our pure Irish society, these unwed women, and their filth, their offsprings.’  

Should the Irish Catholic Church Pay Reparations for Slavery?

  Besides the crime which consists in violating the law, and varying from the right rule of reason, whereby a man so far becomes degenerate, and declares himself to quit the principles of human nature, and to be a noxious creature, there is commonly injury done to some person or other, and some other man receives damage by his transgression: in which case he who hath received any damage, has, besides the right of punishment common to him with other men, a particular right to seek reparation.
— John Locke, “Second Treatise”

    Religious texts in Judaism, Islam and Christianity all recognise slaves. So the question I pose is should the Irish Catholic Church pay financial Reparations to the women and children of their Religious run Institutions, like the Magdalene Laundries, the Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools of Ireland?. My answer is a clear “YES”, the Irish Catholic Church made money, hundreds of millions of pounds from the dehumanisation and demonising of unwed women and their children. It is naive to think that the past has nothing to do with the shape of today. It’s not enough that the Irish Catholic Church closest to ever offer a full apology was “ with deep sorrow and great sadness”. Financial reparations should be paid in consideration of the forced and uncompensated labour these women and their children performed in the Religious run Institutions in Ireland in which the Irish Catholic Church profited. Also many private institutions and local businesses, profited with the use of free labour from these Religious run Institutions. The main people who profited from the slavery and trafficking of children, itself, were the Irish Catholic Church.

These are the reasons Reparations must be paid and why:

1. The slave women and their children built these Religious Institutions against their will. They were compensated with rape, torture, beatings and death. 

2. The women and their children never had anything of value to pass down to generations to keep their memories alive, many lost their complete families within and because of these run Religious Institutions.

3. Slaves of these Religious run Institutions were not considered humans so we have no true documented history of where we are from, who we are related to or anything pertaining to our family history. Most survivors lost their complete families to the evil system, run by the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

    If we want closure, both the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Irish State must pay Reparations. I believe that our entire Irish society would benefit from this move of paying Reparations to the women and children of these Religious Institutions. First of all, much of the economy of these Religious run Institutions, current and past were built upon the success of the Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools, with the use of free slave labour in the form of women and their children. 

    For example all the Magdalene Laundries made money with the use of free slaves in the form of women and their children, who were held captive in these Religious run Institutions.The Religious Orders as slaveowners were allowed to do whatever they wanted to their slaves including beating them, sometimes to death, raping them, including impregnating them, stealing their children and babies from them to be sold as slaves and worse than anything else, dehumanising them. In many areas of these Religious run Institutions, educating their slaves was actually discouraged.


My name is Owen Felix O’Neill, I was born in Dublin, in a Mother and Baby Home, St Patrick’s on the Navan Road, Dublin in 1954. I was put into different Industrial Schools till I ran away at the age of sixteen. I put myself through Catering College, and after two years worked in the U.S.A. and Europe.
The last 35 years or more I started collecting books at auctions or privately, I now buy and restore antiquarian books, the earliest book I have in my collection is for the 7th. century. I have a few of the rarest books in the world. I own over 5,000 books, and ephemera, mainly of the 15th. century to the 19th. century, that are in my collection. My home is a hospital for damaged books and paper. I love all things Books. While I’m not religious, I have a vast English Bible collection, I also restore the word of God. When a book come to me damaged, I renew the books life for another few hundred years. My website is where some of my collection can be seen.
Book collecting is the collecting of books, including seeking, locating, acquiring, organising, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever books are of interest to a given individual collector. The love of books is bibliophilia, and someone who loves to read, admire, and collect books is a bibliophile. Bibliophile book collecting is distinct from casual book ownership and the accumulation of books for reading.

I decided a year ago to write a book about my brutal childhood, though painful, my story needed to be told. My Book, “Child Laundering Secrets” is the title of my new book now on Kindle and Amazon. I’m proud of the’s not perfect but it’s honest, raw an unvarnished. I have come a long way since my horrendous childhood, but I survived, My collecting of books has helped.


What could I possibly add to the above?

I’m shocked.

I’m speechless.