Christine Buckley

What can I say about Christine Buckley that has not been said! She was feisty and fearless and unafraid to challenge the world around her. She told her story, the story of a small girl abandoned and abused by those that were supposed to care for her and raise her. She was the one voice that broke the silence of hundreds of neglected children who grew up in orphanages and industrial schools all over Ireland. She fought and campaigned hard and long for justice for those that so deserved it. She set up the Aislinn Centre in Dublin for survivors of institutional abuse, a place of welcome, refuge, education and friendship for all those that had never experienced these things during the times they needed it –their childhood.

Despite all that had happened to Christine she was never bitter and loved life, people and the world around her. Injustice in any shape or fashion drove her crazy. She adored children and had such an amazing rapport with them. She grabbed life and enjoyed it despite the dark days of her past. Her family were everything and her house and garden a place of love, laughter and care. A highly intelligent, articulate woman who challenged the church, the government, politicians and society constantly…she will be truly missed.

What can I say about Christine? I am lucky…she was my friend.

Christine Buckley and Marita

Christine Buckley and Marita

World Book Day

World Book Day at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Northern Ireland.

I had a wonderful day up at ‘The Folk Park’ meeting lots of young readers and talking about what else but books and reading and writing!
Joining in the celebrations and the big interview with David Huntley was Northern Ireland Minister for Education John O’Dowd, illustrator Oisin McGann and publisher Ivan O’Brien. So much talk about books made me want to just curl up and read one!

UAFP with Oisin McGann 2 UAFP with Oisin McGann