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12 Stones in The Water by Karl O'Neill

Remembering Annie Slavin 11th June 1884 - 27th March 1888..

12 Stones in the Water by Karl O'Neill, directed by Gorretti Slavin, starring Aoibhinn McGinnity and Deirdre Monaghan.

Based on true events this dark tale centres around the death of 3 year old Annie Slavin in Armagh in 1888 and the involvement of Bellina Prior who was found ‘guilty but insane’ of her murder.

Bellina was raised in Armagh to Anglo Irish parents. Her father was in the British Military but died quite young leaving Bellina’s mother Nina to raise four children.  Although well to do Nina obviously lost some status socially and was sometimes harsh with the young Bellina. In 1888 aged 19 years Bellina was found guilty but insane of killing 3 year old Annie Slavin who was found drowned in the boiler  in the Prior’s home.

She was committed to the Dundrum Mental Asylum in Dublin and was subsequently released into the care of her mother with a provision that she should never return to Armagh.

Written by Karl O'Neill 

Aoibhinn McGinnity plays the part of Bellina Prior

Deirdre Monaghan plays the part of Nina Prior

Karl O'Neill played the other voices

Sound Supervision was by Mark McGrath 

Directed by Gorretti Slavin 

47 mins 23 secs

1st TX 28th March 2021