|Ireland, February 2011|
However, Ballymun was not spared from the effects of what the technocrats called modernization. As the years passed by, Ballymun became a haven of illegal activities especially drug trafficking. Many became hooked on the substance aside from alcohol. Many families were broken and became dysfunctional. Children have seen all of these and cases of suicide with young people are widespread. Ballymun became a place where its own people don’t want to identify with because it has a bad reputation. Some Irish people especially those in the affluent strata of society are the ones who discriminate their own people. Young Ballymuners are reluctant to tell where they came from because of discrimination especially when they apply for jobs. They change their postal addresses. It is sad. A once heaven-like place became a haven of illegalities that made it a sore in the society. This is the environment I witnessed.
Ireland, December 2010, Lalay with other Columban Missionaries
|Malate, August 2011, Lalay (front) and other lay missionaries|
visit the boarding house of fellow LM Nani