Lest We Forget

LEST WE FORGET 1 …. ARTANE: > Artane has 314 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 815 children incarcerated in ARTANE and in the 1950’s there were on average 628 children incarcerated in ARTANE. There are 171 individuals named and there are 1,038 allegations against these individuals. ARTANE was “managed” by The Christian Brothers. Artane…Ireland’s ‘proud history’ of Catholic child abuse

Anywhere there is hardship and misery you will find the symbol of the cross and, if the ‘whole job’ is called after a saint, the hardship factor multiplies.

Thousands of children were physically, sexually and emotionally abused in this hellhole called St Joseph’s Industrial School, Artane by the Catholic Church and, ultimately, the Pope on his fine throne in Rome. And, if that’s not bad enough, it was all aided and abetted by successive Irish governments and now, even people like me, who don’t suffer from religion, have to pay the bill. Ratzo wins again! ‘Gullibility’ has found the perfect home in Ireland.
Just something to remember the next time you stick your chest out for the National Anthem. Read the full horror at: www.childabusecommission.ie/

 LEST WE FORGET 2 …. DAINGEAN: > Daingean has 152 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 216 children incarcerated in DAINGEAN and in the 1950’s there were on average 159 children incarcerated in DAINGEAN. There are 59 individuals named and there are 361 allegations against these individuals. DAINGEAN  was “managed” by The Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

H/t The Knitter

Daingean: St Conleth’s Reformatory School, Daingean, Co Offaly Opened: 1940 Status: Closed 1973 Management: Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

You’d hear the younger ones screaming during the night, the twelve and thirteen year olds. There was a night watchman who used to patrol the dormitories with an ash plant on his shoulder. You’d see him constantly bringing down that stick onto a boy in a bed with his full force, about five or six times. There were an awful lot of priests and brothers there in my time. The priests were unimpeachable, they beat the boys with complete impunity. No one ever interfered.

H/t Clerical Whispers

DAINGEAN WAS, according to the commission, different from all the other institutions into which it inquired. Unlike the children in industrial schools, most of the residents had been convicted of criminal offences that would, in the case of adults, have been punishable by imprisonment. The boys were aged between 12 and 17.

A report of some 83 pages outlines serious physical abuse such as flogging, which was administered “in a cruel, sadistic and excessive manner designed to maximise the terror of all the boys. Black eyes, split lips, and bruising were reported by complainants. There was no control of staff in the infliction of punishment”.

The Department of Education displayed an “ambivalence to the use of violence in Daingean, even as late as 1969”. A “Br Enrico” administered “severe ad-hoc punishments” as well as “the more ritualistic floggings”.

He was described as as “brutal and unpredictable”. There was sexual abuse of the boys by Brothers and lay staff, and sexual abuse of boys by other boys.

The commission concludes that the Department of Education “knew that its rules were being breached in a fundamental way” but Daingean operated the system of punishment “in the knowledge that the department would not interfere”.

The Oblate Congregation in its submissions to the commission “have not admitted that sexual abuse took place or even considered the possibility

LEST WE FORGET 3 ….FERRYHOUSE: > Ferryhouse has 132 complaints against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 170 children incarcerated in FERRYHOUSE and in the 1950’s there were on average 189 children incarcerated in FERRYHOUSE. There are 73 individuals named and there are 336 allegations against these individuals. FERRYHOUSE was “managed” by The Rosminians.

LEST WE FORGET 4 ….LETTERFRACK: > Letterfrack has 126 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 158 children incarcerated in LETTERFRACK and in the 1950’s there were on average 124 children incarcerated in LETTERFRACK. There are 68 individuals named and there are 393 allegations against these individuals. LETTERFRACK was “managed” by the Christian Brothers. >>>>

Introduction

Establishment of Letterfrack

8.01 Letterfrack is a village situated in Connemara, Co Galway, more than 84 kilometres from Galway city. A wealthy Quaker couple moved to Letterfrack from England in 1849 and bought a large tract of land that they developed. Amongst the various improvements they made were the construction of a large residence and a school for the children from the locality. In 1884 the property was sold to the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr John McEvilly, who applied the proceeds of a legacy bequeathed for charitable purposes.

8.02 The Archbishop wrote to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Earl Spencer, shortly after the purchase, suggesting that the property was ‘admirably suited for a boys’ industrial school so sadly needed in that district’.

8.03 The Lord Lieutenant sought advice from his officials on the matter and the feedback was universally against the proposal. The general view can be summed up in the following extract from a memorandum from one of his officials:

In a wild remote district like Letterfrack it is very improbable that there would be any genuine cases for committal, the children there do not beg. There is no one to beg from. They all have settled places of abode – they live with their parents; are not found wandering, and though no doubt very poor, are not destitute: they do not frequent the company of thieves – there are no thieves in districts like Letterfrack in Ireland – the people are very poor but very honest.

8.04 Furthermore, the Lord Lieutenant was advised that the number of national schools in the area amply provided for the educational needs of the children.

8.05 Despite support from the Inspector of Industrial Schools, Sir John Lentaigne, the Archbishop’s application for the establishment of an industrial school in Letterfrack was refused by the Lord Lieutenant.

8.06 However, the Archbishop was not to be dissuaded and he continued to lobby the Lord Lieutenant. His efforts eventually bore fruit, and a letter from the Vice Regal Lodge dated 11th August 1885 stated:

There are no doubt technical objections to the establishment of an Industrial School at Letterfrack: but after reading the papers through carefully I am satisfied that the general and moral reasons far outweigh the objections.

8.07On 14th November 1885 the Chief Secretary’s Office confirmed its sanction for the establishment of an industrial school in Letterfrack certified for the reception of 75 boys to open ‘so soon after the 1st April next as the promoters of the school are in a position to satisfy the Inspector that the buildings intended for the purpose are fit for the reception of children within the meaning of the Industrial School Act’. With Sir John Lentaigne already on board, this latter stipulation did not prove to be a stumbling block.

LEST WE FORGET 5 ….UPTON: > Upton has 93 COMPLAINTS  against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 177 children incarcerated in UPTON and in the 1950’s there were on average 135 children incarcerated in in UPTON. There are 64 individuals  named and there are 228 allegations against these individuals. UPTON was “managed” by The Rosminians.

LEST WE FORGET 6 ….GOLDENBRIDGE: > Goldenbridge has 77 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 148 children incarcerated in GOLDENBRIDGE and in the 1950’s there were on average 153 children incarcerated in GOLDENBRIDGE. There are 13 individuals named and there are 78 allegations against these individuals. GOLDENBRIDGE was “managed” by the Sisters of Mercy.

LEST WE FORGET 7 ….TRALEE: > Tralee has 52 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 141 children incarcerated in TRALEE and in the 1950’s there were on average 102 children incarcerated in TRALEE. There are 45 individuals named and there are 159 allegations against these individuals. TRALEE was “managed” by The Christian Brothers.

LEST WE FORGET 8 ….ST.KYRANS: > St.Kyrans has 44 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 76 children incarcerated in ST.KYRANS and in the 1950’s there were on average 99 children incarcerated in ST.KYRANS. There are 13 individuals named and there are 42 allegations against these individuals. ST.KYRAN’S was “managed” by The Sisters of Mercy.

LEST WE FORGET 9….GLIN: > Glin has 37 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 200 children incarcerated in GLIN and in the 1950’s there were on average 165 children incarcerated in GLIN. There are 36 individuals named and there are 122 allegations against these individuals. GLIN was “managed” by The Christian Brothers.

LEST WE FORGET 10 ….GREENMOUNT: > Greenmount has 33 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 223 children incarcerated in GREENMOUNT and in the 1950’s there were on average 146 children incarcerated in GREENMOUNT. There are 29 individuals named and there are 70 allegations against these individuals. GREENMOUNT was “managed” by The Presentation Brothers.

LEST WE FORGET 11 ….CLIFDEN: > Clifden has 33 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 120 children incarcerated CLIFDEN in and in the 1950’s there were on average 118 children incarcerated in CLIFDEN. There are 29 individuals  named and there are 72 allegations against these individuals. CLIFDEN was “managed” by The Sisters of Mercy.

LEST WE FORGET 12 ….SALTHILL: > Salthill has 31 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 199 children incarcerated in SALTHILL and in the 1950’s there were on average 166 children incarcerated in SALTHILL. There are 31 individuals named and there are 72 allegations against these individuals. SALTHILL was “managed” by The Christian Brothers.

LEST WE FORGET 13…. ST. JOSEPH’S KILKENNY: > St.Joseph’s has 30 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 125 children incarcerated in ST. JOSEPH’S and in the 1950’s there were on average 115 children incarcerated in ST.JOSEPH’S There are 17 individuals named and there are 30 allegations against these individuals. ST.JOSEPH’S was “managed” by The Sisters of Charity.

Chapter 14: St Joseph’s Industrial School, Kilkenny, 1873–1999


Brief history of the School

14.01 The Sisters of Charity were approached by the Bishop of Ossory, Dr Moran, in 1872 and asked ‘to care for the little homeless girls of the poor’. They had been a presence in Kilkenny since 1861, caring for the sick in fever and work house hospitals and prisons.

14.02 A site was purchased on the Waterford Road, and the Sisters moved into a large cottage on the grounds. In September 1873, a new building comprising a convent, school and chapel was opened. The School was certified on 22nd March 1873 for the reception of 126 girls, of whom 100 were chargeable. This was increased to 130 in 1950.

14.03 The School was transferred to the South Eastern Health Board on 6th April 1999. At that time, there were 10 children in care in two houses, Avondale and Crannog. Avondale was purchased by the Sisters of Charity in 1976, and leased to the South Eastern Health Board in 1999, and later transferred to them under the Redress Scheme. The other home, Crannog, was built by the Sisters of Charity with funds raised locally and through an exchange of land between the Sisters and the County Manager. In 1995, an adjoining house was purchased by the South Eastern Health Board, and the two houses then formed one unit. The original house was transferred, free of charge, to the South Eastern Health Board in 1999.

14.04 The Sisters of Charity provided a detailed description of all improvements, changes and adaptations made to the buildings and grounds between 1876 and 1984, which appears at Appendix 1.

14.05 The photograph of the convent and part of the Industrial School:

LEST WE FORGET 14 ….

PASSAGE WEST:> Passage West has 26 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 76 children incarcerated in PASSAGE WEST and in the 1950’s there were on average 72 children incarcerated in PASSAGE WEST. There are 20 individuals named and there are 39 allegations against these individuals. PASSAGE WEST was “managed” by The Sisters of Mercy.LEST WE FORGET 15 ….

CAPPOQUIN: > Cappoquin has 26 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 77 children incarcerated in CAPPOQUIN and in the 1950’s there were on average 59 children incarcerated in CAPPOQUIN. There are 10 individuals named and there are 14 allegations against these individuals. CAPPOQUIN was “managed” by The Sisters of Mercy.LEST WE FORGET 16 ….

CARRIGLEA: > Carriglea has 22 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 253 children incarcerated in CARRIGLEA and in the 1950’s there were on average 199 children incarcerated in CARRIGLEA. There are 11 individuals named and there are 26 allegations against these individuals. CARRIGLEA was “managed” by The Christian Brothers.LEST WE FORGET 17 ….

ST.PATRICK’S-KILKENNY:> St. Patricks has 22 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 186 children incarcerated in ST. PATRICK’Sand in the 1950’s there were on average 182 children incarcerated in ST. PATRICK’S. There are 5 individuals named and there are 5 allegations against these individuals. ST. PATRICK’S was “managed” by The Sisters of Charity.LEST WE FORGET 18 ….

ST.JOSEPH’S-DUNDALK: > ST.JOSEPH’S has 21 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 59 children incarcerated in ST.JOSEPH’S and in the 1950’s there were on average 40 children incarcerated in ST.JOSEPH’S. There are19 individuals named and there are 73 allegations against these individuals.ST.JOSEPH’S-DUNDALK was “managed” by The Sisters of Mercy.LEST WE FORGET 19 ….

PEMBROKE ALMS – NAZARETH HOUSE TRALEE:> NAZARETH HOUSE has 20 COMPLAINTS against it. In the 1940’s there were on average 74 children incarcerated in NAZARETH HOUSE and in the 1950’s there were on average 50 children incarcerated in NAZARETH HOUSE. There are 17 individuals named and there are 34 allegations against these individuals. NAZARETH HOUSE in Tralee was “managed” by The Sisters of Mercy.

SOURCE … The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.
There were no awards of any kind given to the complainants mentioned above for bringing atrocities of a gargantuan nature – that went on for generations in Ireland’s illegal institutions – to the fore. They are as forgotten now as ever they were when they were incarcerated in their respective institutions.
Cottage industries were created off the backs of the complainants.
Ireland was brought to its very knees because of the stories that were told to the commission to inquire into institutional child abuse. The church is rethinking and reshaping itself because of all the abuse that went on and because brave complainants shouted out loud enough on deaf ears till the church was forced to listen.
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3 thoughts on “Lest We Forget

  1. Maire – Therese I would like permission to use some of your photographs in a music video I will be working on soon relating to State and Church institutional abuse. The photographs in question are the first one (The Dinning Hall) the third one (Blakehouse Daingean) and the fifth one (Group Photograph of Boys). Unfortunately we have no money and are doing the video because we should never ever forget………..If you are interested when we youtube the song we would very much like to put a link to your wordpress.

    The song was written by Don Baker who was in Daingean for a few years.

    Kiind regards,
    Bernie

  2. Bernie M. – just spotted your comment and remembered that you’d e-mailed me a couple of time. Sorry for not getting back to you any sooner than now. I shall be delighted to meet you in Rathmines, sometime soon, to discuss the inclusion of – some mention, perhaps – of Goldenbridge industrial school.

    Will – in the interim – sort out ‘requested’ photos and get back to you.

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