Friday Fictioneers: Catholic Ireland



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Catholic Ireland


Mother put biscuits on a tray. Father joked with our neighbours. Lots of sandwiches and tea were out when Father O’Neill, the parish Priest, came to visit our house. I would be sent into the shed with Father O’Neill to learn my prayers, become a good little Catholic boy. In the solitude and peace of the Lord, Father O’Neill always said. Without question my parents believed him in 1940s Catholic Ireland.
Years gone on, I think of the dark horrors I endured in that shed. I still have my faith. But I’m ready to expose the hell of my childhood.



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38 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: Catholic Ireland

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    I like the way you set a scene of normality, even gentle celebration, with your description of biscuits, sandwiches and joking with the neighbours when the priest visited. It makes the contrast all the darker when your reveal comes.
    BTW, I hope you don’t mind my mentioning it but I think there’s a typo in your penultimate sentence (‘ensured’ instead of ‘endured’).

    • lisarey1990 says:

      Thank you for pointing out the typo. I’ve changed it.

      I wanted to show the power the Church had in that time where the parents had so much trust in them that they would be falling over them & the children were be in positions where they may not be believed & sadly often weren’t.

      Thank you for reading Penny. 🙂

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Horrific Lisa. The more times these scandals emerge, the more I question why anyone would still have faith

    • lisarey1990 says:

      I understand people having faith in God but I question too very much how people could still have faith in the Church after all that has came out.

      Thank you for reading Iain. 🙂

  3. There are no words for these ongoing atrocities and cover ups against the faithful. My roots are Irish Catholic but I left the church long ago.
    I love/hate your well written story.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      There is definitely no words.

      It’s a terrible betrayal of trust where so many poor innocent children have suffered. Disgusting.

      Thank you for reading Tracey. 🙂

  4. jillyfunnell says:

    Like Tracey I both love and hate your story. I wish this subject did not ring so true but there is no denying the gushing stream of evidence that just keeps on coming and there are so many who suffered and can never be mended.

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  6. granonine says:

    Heartbreaking. Truth is more horrible than fiction.

  7. Dear Lisa,

    Powerful and heartbreaking story. Well done.



  8. Lisa, the story started on such a normal note of guests and celebration but ended on this painful revelation. Wow… Good one.

  9. draliman says:

    Dark and topical. Such a normal scene at the start but such terrors in the shed.

  10. Dale says:

    Very well done, Lisa. Yes there is a love/hate reaction to your story because you did so well. They’ve lost so many parishioners because of this.

  11. Sandra says:

    There was a sense of foreboding right from the start. Well done.

  12. Alice Audrey says:

    My shed was not so dark, but faith? Isn’t that just another word for hypocrisy?

  13. gahlearner says:

    And everything will be and still is pushed under the carpet, covered up, downtalked, ignored… the shameful history of abuse by those you should be able to trust with your soul just never stops, does it? It is hard to find the message when the messengers are on the path of destruction.

  14. magarisa says:

    The fact that the parents looked up to the priest, offered him their hospitality and trusted him completely makes what happened even more horrifying. A powerful story, written with such sensitivity.

  15. This is such a terrible situation… and it seems to take forever to solve.

  16. notestowomen says:

    Great take on the prompt, Lisa. It’s heartbreaking that so many children suffered at the hands of men who claim to be serving God when in reality they are predators dressed in priestly garb. The truth always comes out in the end. Many still cling to their faith because they know that God will expose these horrors and that even if justice isn’t served here, there is a higher court and these priests will answer for their crimes against the innocent.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      It is incredibly heartbreaking & to think so many children suffered & weren’t believed due the power the Church held is just so horrifying.

      Thank you so much for reading. 🙂

  17. aheartforafrica641064503 says:

    What a horrible situation for that boy. Now, he is going to speak out about it. Good for him. And it’s good that it hasn’t destroyed his faith.

  18. deborahsdeliberations says:

    Very good take on the prompt, Lisa. You addressed something that has been happening for decades and still continues to happen. My heart goes out to all those children who suffered in silence. I like that your character is going to expose what happened to him and that he’s still holding on to his faith.

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