A Great Silence Lay Upon the Land: Secreted Histories of Ireland

Ailbhe Smyth


This piece was written by invitation as a personal response to It Has No Name, an art exhibition held in Dublin in 2013.  In the exhibition, the four artists—Pauline Cummins, Sandra Johnston, Frances Mezzeti, and Dominic Thorpe—explored through live performances the shocking revelations emerging since the early 1990s of widespread and brutal clerical and institutional abuse of children, young people, and women in Ireland. 

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