THE NIGHT ELEANOR McEVOY played Brazil's in Clonmel, I heard her backing track "Did I Hurt You" on a YouTube video about clerical sex abuse in Ireland. The track is on her Yola album and it fits the four and a half minute video. The YouTube clip contains snippets of newspaper reports, photos of the papal delegation, senior clerics in ecclesiastical positions of authority, young boys reduced to black and white shades inside industrial schools and remnants of growing up in Ireland in the middle of the 20th century. At least once a week, segments of major broadcast radio shows devote airtime to outrage by grown men and women who lived through experiences that deprived them of childhood pleasures. The end of the story is yet to finish because the Irish people demand an acknowledgement from the Roman Catholic hierarchy for turning a blind eye to abuses that were facilitated by benign neglect. That's a charitable excuse by myself, because some of the Irish religious hierarchy were in positions of authority where they should have noticed illegal activities. And if they didn't, they were complicit in facilitating worse than an abuse of trust. "Did I Hurt You" is a question all archbishops should ask their flock. And they should kneel and listen to the Irish public respond.
Eleanor McEvoy is at www.eleanormcevoy.com and Brennan1979 made the YouTube video.