Desperately Seeking Michael D’Arcy

Miltown Malbay (IrishSráid na Cathrach, meaning “street of the stone ringfort“) is a town and parish in the west of County Clare,Ireland, near Spanish Point. H/t Wiki.

I’m writing about a very delicate subject matter that most survivors of industrial *schools* will very easily recognise and empathise with instantaneously. In fact it would have been one of the most saddest legacies to have befallen same since leaving their respective institutions after incarceration periods were up.

It concerns itself with the seeking of their roots. The loss of identity. The loss of what they might have aspired to have been had they not had the loss of identity that befell them in very early childhood and later. The loss of parents. The loss of siblings. The loss of aunties and uncles. The loss of grandparents and possibly great grandparents. The loss of community and friends from whence they originated or should have originated. The sense of isolation that the loss brings with it is excruciatingly traumatic. It goes on forever. The self-absorption with wanting to identify with one’s next of kin is so strong that it can virtually take over the lives of a lot survivors of industrial *schools*.

Those who have never known childhood without (loving) parents could possibly ever begin to comprehend the tortuous angst and deep sorrow that derives from that loss of one’s identity at such an early age. It is known that early attachment figures are so important for proper healthy development. Especially the vital loss of the most precious gift a child can ever aspire to having been graced with…the most precious jewels = its parent(s).

Attachment in childhood can also be described as the considerable closeness a child feels to an authority figure. It also describes the function of availability, which is the degree to which the authoritative figure is responsive to the child’s needs and shares communication with them. Childhood attachment can define characteristics that will shape the child’s sense of self and how they carry out relationships with others.[2] Wiki sourced.

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Even as I write Desperately Seeking Michael D’Arcy sadness permeates every core of my being. It’s utterly isolating having to express the innermost despairing sentiments on a subject matter that has personally affected my institutional counterparts and myself.

Undoubtedly it has done untold life-long damage to the psyches of innumerable survivors.

Information collated directly below is just stuff googled by me from the Inernet and it is only a holding place here until further investigative work is done. Nothing has been confirmed in any way.

IHS In loving memory of Michael D’Arcy who died 1st Oct 1936 aged 83 years and his son John D’Arcy also James D’Arcy died 18th July 1959 aged 60 yrs, his wife Susan died 14 Sept 1978 aged 75 R.I.P. Erected by his wife Catherine D’Arcy.
Erected by Mary D’Arcy, Mountscott in memory of her beloved daughter Catherine who died 22nd March 1932 R.I.P.
John D’Arcy killed in France in 1918.

I was just told in an e-mail that the above D’Arcy’s are connected to the same Michael D’Arcy…

Marie-Therese O’ Loughlin – 03:29pm Mar 19, 2007 Irish (#8 of 97)

I am seeking information on Michael D’Arcy or anyone who might be connected. Michael [Mick] hailed originally from Milltown-Malbay. He left the area as a young lad during the forties and went to Dublin. I do know that he had contact with his grandmother. You are most welcome to contact me at:

Library Forum • View topic – Clare’s WWI dec’d US soldiers D’Arcy .

See: original census  form 1911 information pertaining to the D’Arcy name in Mullough, (spelled Mullagh nowadays) Co Clare. The first language is As Gaeilge (Irish). I don’t know who they are, but I do notice that the D’Arcy name is not exactly very prevalent.

I spotted the name Frawley a lot in the Co. Clare census archives. It instantly reminded me of the landmark shop in Thomas St. Dublin. The Boyne’s of Boyne St. off Westland Row, who took me out on holidays and weekends, up to the age of nine, bought my communion clothes (and hornpipes that I’d insisted on having) from Frawley’s.

I had purchased some items in the shop for nostalgic reasons. Alas, it was not long afterwards that it closed for good. Dubliners will remember the shop with fondness. The religious at Goldenbridge bought the clothes there for the children.

original census form Carrowlagan Mullough. Co, Clare. D’Arcy’ family?

original census form There is one Francis D’Arcy nephew with the Hogan family?

original census form Callinan?

original census form Ah… there is the name Michael D’Arcy mentioned here?


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