15th September 2008 -What a wonderful day!!

We had a lovely day in the historic surroundings of Croke Park for the launch of our new ISANDS website by Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney. Minister Harney spoke compassionately about the ongoing journey of loss it is for a family who are bereaved and the value of support. She congratulated ISANDS on the new website and paid tribute to those who put it all together and particularly Colm & Niamh Lyon, our benefactors. Minister Harney said she was particularly taken with the new Virtual Remembrance Quilt.

Colm Lyon spoke about the time when his infant daughter Sophie died, his search for support in Ireland on the Net ten years ago and his decision, with the help of his good friend Stuart Fogarty to try to provide that support by establishing the first ISANDS website.

Ron mentioned that ten years later Colm has come back again and given this amazing gift to ISANDS of the updated and new website and this time with the advice and expertise of Doop Design and in particular Sinead Murnane, Brian Greene and Peter Walsh.

Brian Greene from Doop Design gave a brief tour of the website and showed us how to place a patch on the new Virtual Quilt. We then placed a patch to remember all the children who have died and the silent grief of their parents from the year 0000 to 15.09.08.

Miriam O’Callaghan was our Master of Ceremonies for the launch and she just pulled the whole thing together perfectly, she was great!. Miriam gave of her time as a gift to the charity and we truly appreciate that.

We were joined by many parents, family members, Health Care Professionals and some loyal friends to enjoy another celebration of the short lives of our children.

Ron expressed our thanks to Minister Harney, Miriam O’Callaghan, Colm & Niamh Lyon, Brian Greene, Sinead from Doop, Staff at Croke Park and every one who attended and finished by saying -she had spoken to a bereaved Dad before the launch, who is an avid GAA supporter and whose little son Peter died shortly after birth many years ago, he said that he used to dream that he would be in Croke Park one day because of his son.
Ron said “well today John you are. It may not be in the way you imagined but just as if they were out there on the pitch scoring goals ...making a difference ...making history, they are doing exactly the same in this room today.

Their short lives has made this happen and they still have plenty to do and plenty to say!”
Guests enjoyed a chat and some refreshments afterwards.

Photos of the launch to follow shortly.