"In Cavan there was a great fire
Judge McCarthy was sent to inquire,
It would be a shame,
if the nuns were to blame,
So it had to be caused by a wire."
Dogerel penned by
Brian Ó Nualáin (aka Myles na gCopaleen)
Secretary to the Tribunal of Inquiry.
A central theme of the book is a fire which broke out in 1943 at St Joseph’s, an orphanage in County Cavan run by nuns. Thirty six people, including 35 girls and a member of staff, lost their lives as a result of the blaze. A report into the fire issued soon after stated that the deaths were due to lack of emergency procedures and fire-fighting training.