Filmmaker who Made an Emotional Connection

The Irish Examiner have today published an interview with Steven O’Riordan on how he got involved with, and his roller-coaster ride with the ladies from the Magdalene Laundries.

“On Tuesday night, a long line of Irish women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s stood side by side on the plinth outside the Dáil.
Each woman held on tightly to the hand of another before they all raised their linked hands, cheering and smiling broadly at the scrum of cameras and journalists standing below them. In the midst of that group stood a young man. From Millstreet in Co Cork, Steven O’Riordan isn’t the son of a Magdalene survivor. He isn’t a human rights activist. He is a 29-year-old who watched Peter Mullan’s film The Magdalene Sisters in 2006, having just graduated from a film studies degree.” – read the full article on the Irish Examiner


2 thoughts on “Filmmaker who Made an Emotional Connection”

  1. Steven O Riordan ‘The Power Of One’

    Some people as unsung do go to their grave
    But as it is said fortune favours the brave
    And the bravest and most honorable of people speak out for the oppressed
    What is all wrong with human society by them is addressed

    The barrier of injustice some help to tear down
    One such a person is Steven O Riordan he hails from Millstreet Town
    In his fight for the rights of ‘The Forgotten Maggies’ his has become a great name
    Life for him will never again be the same

    In his late twenties Steven is a person worthy of being admired
    By the 2006 Peter Mullan’s film The Magdalene Sisters he was inspired
    Into action on behalf of the women who had lived through hell
    Of their silence he helped to free them their harrowing stories to tell

    Of the abuse they suffered in catholic run instituitons in Ireland years ago
    Their stories are stories of sadness and woe
    The likes of Steven has forced the Irish Government to them for past wrongs to apologize
    The power of one is far greater than anyone seem to realize

    Abuse of young innocent people in catholic run institutions in Ireland for too long has gone on
    And one cannot say that the past is the past and in the forever gone
    When the crimes committed against them are only being addressed today
    Though too late is better than never as some do like to say

    Steven O Riordan the man who spoke up from the silent crowd
    His parents of him have a right to feel proud
    The great flag of justice he proudly does wave
    There is truth in the saying fortune favours the brave.

    by Francis Duggan

  2. This poem has inspired me to ask What are our politicians in Dail Eireann trying to avhieve by takiing mobility grants of helpless people? Is it so the politicians and their cronies of the future have work carrying out more enquiries like the Magadalene enquiry.

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