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Lost innocence: A poem by murdered teen Ana Kriégel along with some of her artwork forms part of a group virtual art exhibition, entitled ‘Stay with Me’, in support of Ireland’s forgotten children. Other families who have lost children in tragic circumstances have also loaned works of art to the virtual exhibition.

Lost innocence: A poem by murdered teen Ana Kriégel along with some of her artwork forms part of a group virtual art exhibition, entitled ‘Stay with Me’, in support of Ireland’s forgotten children. Other families who have lost children in tragic circumstances have also loaned works of art to the virtual exhibition.

Lost innocence: A poem by murdered teen Ana Kriégel along with some of her artwork forms part of a group virtual art exhibition, entitled ‘Stay with Me’, in support of Ireland’s forgotten children. Other families who have lost children in tragic circumstances have also loaned works of art to the virtual exhibition.

A poem written by Ana Kriégel (14) just months before she was brutally murdered, as well as two of her paintings, will feature in a virtual art exhibition.

The group art show 'Stay with Me' was filmed during the coronavirus lockdown to show solidarity with the Mother and Baby Home survivors in Tuam who are currently anxiously awaiting the final report by the Commission of Inquiry.

Ana's work is among that loaned to the exhibition by a number of families who have lost children in tragic circumstances.

The poem, titled 'Recycling', shows the heartbreaking innocence of Ana just months before she was murdered in May 2018, and she advocates the benefits of it in an extremely witty way.

"Now they call me 'Ms Recycle' because I love to split my trash, can we save the Earth this way? Let's give it a bash!" the poem ends.

The exhibition also features two paintings she completed when aged 10 and 12.

The items were loaned to the exhibition by Ana's parents, Geraldine and Patric, who have said their daughter will never be forgotten.

Ana's killers - known as Boy A and Boy B - were found guilty of murder in June 2019.

Boy A was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

They were just 13 years old when they murdered Ana in May 2018 in a derelict house in Lucan, Co Dublin.

This evening's virtual art exhibition will be streamed live on the Remembering Tuam Babies Facebook page, as well as the 'Stay_with_me_art' Instagram page, and YouTube channel Stay With Me art show.

The show will highlight how no excavation has taken place yet at the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

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Families of children and young people who died tragically in Ireland in recent years, including Ana Kriégel, Eoghan and Ruairí Chada, Estlin Wall and Glen Osborne, have loaned their art to the exhibition in support of Ireland's forgotten children.

Kathleen Chada, whose two sons Eoghan and Ruairí were murdered by their father Sanjeev Chada in July 2013, has advocated for the "voice of the child" even after death.

"I want Eoghan and Ruairí to have more than their 10 and five years on this Earth. They didn't have to die.

"That's why it is important for me to be their voice and the show will help with this. These children cannot be forgotten, no child should."


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