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By Dr Rosaleen O’Brien

ISBN: 1234567890
Published: 2008
Pages: 53
Key Themes: poetry,


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About the Author

I have been in receipt of trauma counselling since 1999 on a daily basis,at times speaking till the early hours of the morning.Support from my trauma Counsellor helps me to come to terms with accepting that what has happened to me cannot now be changed. I cannot ever forgive those who had a vicarious liability to look after me and failed. As a result of being locked away for some years all because we were poor has brought certain limitations to my day to day life. Writing is a form of therapy and allows me to be free to be the person that I want to be, and should have been my birthright. Through writing I can reach out to others who may have had such an unfortunate experience as myself . Daily flashbacks can be upsetting and I fill my life with things to do so as to block them out. Day to day life can be exhausting and coping mechanisms that I learnt in order to survive have not helped me in the outside world. God help all fellow survivors and perhaps one day Ireland will accept the terrible price we paid. Shame on all you right thinking residents in Ireland to allow the government and Catholic Church to ignore harm done to me and many others who are either dead or too ill to tell their story. Thanks to Chipmunkapublishing I have been able to confront my demons and a Big Thank you to Reatha my trauma counsellor without her I would not be here today writing about my stolen life.

Book Extract

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Roast Pork
Wipe the meat and score the rind
Next the stuffing must be done
Preparing the onions, celery and mushrooms
Your battle is half way won
New Year’s Day is timely indeed
The winter is cold, the sun has gone
And your family you will want to feed
Carry on heating the butter or the oil
Fry the onion and bread till brown
You will soon enjoy because time slips by
Wearing a smile instead of a frown
Remove from the heat, adding mushrooms
And remember the breadcrumbs they look swell
Adding parsley making a tasty bite
And juice of a lemon and season too
All in all you will have had an adventure
And will have done you good too
Cook in a hot oven for one and a half hours or so
If cooking too fast reduce the heat
And adjust so that it cooks on slow




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