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A Little Lifetime Online Christmas Trees

Christmas is the time of year when we remember those who are not with us at this special time of year, and so we've decided to create a way to honour the memory of your loved ones in the form of a personalised, decorative bauble on the A Little Lifetime Foundation virtual christmas tree.


Click here to view the 2010 Christmas Tree

christmas-tree 2011

Click here to view the 2011 Christmas Tree

christmas-tree 2012

Click here to view the 2012 Christmas Tree

What's On
Patch Making Saturday Afternoons

Dublin - Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown Shopping Centre - 22nd October and the 12th November 2-4pm

Limerick - Adare Manor Club House (courtesy of General Manager) 15th October 2-4pm (Day before Limerick Marathon).

Athlone - Athlone Springs Hotel - 26th November 2-4pm

Wexford/Waterford - Whites Hotel - 29th October 2-4pm

Drogheda - The D Hotel 5th November. 2-4pm

Cork - Clarion Hotel 19th November-2-4pm (Day after the Christmas Tree Lighting in Cork City).

Create a personalised Christmas Bauble Workshop- these have to be pre-booked by calling 01-8726 996.

The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel –Sunday 6th November, 2-4pm

- The Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown Shopping Centre - Saturday, 12th November, 2.30-4.30pm

Athlone Springs - Saturday 26th November, 2.30-4.30pm

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Cork City

Cork - The Plaza, The Mall, Cork City on the 18th November at 5pm
Lights turned on by The Lord Mayor of Cork.

Christmas Service of Remembrance

Dublin - St. Nicholas of Myra Church, Francis Street
1st December at 7.30pm with friends -
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, The Garda Male Voice Choir and guest singer- Jessie Funk (USA)

Blessing of Remembrance & Tree Lighting Ceremony Glasnevin Cemetery

Dublin - 8th December at 4pm.

A Little Lifetime Foundation calls for Release of Files

Following the revelations on Prime Time Investigates last night 6th October A Little Lifetime Foundation has issued the following Press Release.

Any one who would like to see the programme can watch it at the following link-!v=111576



A Little Lifetime Foundation, formerly the Irish Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society (1983) would like to publicly state how appalled we are at the atrocities that happened in Mother and Baby Homes, Orphanages and Industrial Homes as highlighted on Prime Time Investigates. Our phone lines were jammed last night with mothers and their adult sons and daughters who were deeply distressed, traumatised and saddened by what they had seen and heard in relation to their past. As if they had not been through enough by ever being in these homes in the first place; treated by families, State, Church and society as outcasts. They were made to feel shame and blame but now it seems that should be directed elsewhere.

During last nights programme a statement from The Royal College of Surgeons suggested that the children were unclaimed and therefore suggested their right of claim. Given that the mothers of these children were unaware that their children were being used for these purposes or given the opportunity to give consent, this is an absurd and most offensive statement and one we suggest merits an apology.

We raised these sinister practices back in 1999/2000 and included questions about clinical trials and the origin of babies who became anatomical subjects in our submissions to the Anne Dunne Inquiry, a letter to the Royal College of Surgeons (March 2000), submission to the Madden Report and Working Group, written questions following the Carter and Willis Reports to HSE and Minister for Health. Our questions were never answered by any of the above.
Listening to those who called our lines last night we would feel they raised very serious issues that requires them to have access to their files and medical records. It is their absolute right to have access and put right some wrongs of this awful scandal.

We now formally call on the Taoiseach and Minister for Health to instruct the HSE, Royal College of Surgeons/Universities and those religious orderes concerned to immediately make available ALL files in relation to Mothers and Baby Homes, Orphanages and Industrial Homes to mothers and children who resided in them. This in our opinion should be done with the utmost sensitivity and understanding.

These mothers and their sons and daughters should be given a public apology for the hurt and abuse to them while in the care of the State. These mothers and their sons and daughters should be thanked for the role that they have played in medical sciences/developments and achievements in Ireland/the World. We all owe them our thanks and gratitude.

Ron Smith Murphy
National Chairperson,
A Little Lifetime Foundation
01 8726992
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Blessing of Remembrance 29th May 2011

Asacred space where family and friends came together to remember the fifty thousand children buried in the Old Angels Memory Garden Glasnevin Cemetery. Father Seamus Ahearne Parish Priest (Finglas), Peter Hanlon (Bereavement Therapist HSE Dublin) and Christy Kenneally, Author of the beautiful poem ‘Dear Parents’ all came to pay tribute to our children. It was a beautiful day and beautiful celebration of the children's short lives.

Here are some of our keepsake pictures.

Lancet Medical Journal-Series of papers on Stillbirth
Around 2.6 million stillbirths (the death of a baby at 28 weeks’ gestation or more) occur each year. Although 98% of these deaths take place in low-income and middle-income countries, stillbirths also continue to affect wealthier nations, with around 1 in every 300 babies stillborn in high-income countries. The Series highlights the rates and causes of stillbirth globally, explores cost-effective interventions to prevent stillbirths (as well as maternal and neonatal deaths), and sets key actions to halve stillbirth rates by 2020. Also included are Comments from professional organisations and parent groups, the latter demonstrating the unique tragedy for families of the birth of a baby bearing no signs of life.
Taking Photographs

Images Courtesy Sandy Puc'

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation is an International organisation providing photographers around the world who take the most beautiful photographs of your baby as a gift to you (take at look at the sample images on their website).

Their mission statement is as follows:
To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. We believe there images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honouring their child’s legacy.

For information on the service provided in Ireland by Now I Lay me Down To Sleep please log on to their website at

The Now I Lay Me Dow To Sleep Photographers based here in Ireland are not trained by A Little Lifetime Foundation and therefore we do not accept any responsibility for any claims with regard to NILMDTS Photographers communications with parents, families or Health Care Professionals or any claim in relation to taking photographs.


A Little Lifetime Foundation offers a gentle guide Precious Time- Precious Pictures to parents for taking their own photographs and you can read or download it here:


A Little Lifetime Foundation 2014

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