Toys

Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin

Photo by Marie-Therese O’Loughlin Oct 2012

Goldenbridge industrial school inmates would have never known what it was like to have had dolls and teddies laid out on their beds, much less have toys at all. Toys, as such, were not to be seen anywhere in the institution during my incarceration period in the late fifties / late sixties, barring of course, Christmas time when visitors, from C.I.E. bus company, Bush television factory and other similar establishments gave parties to the children. Besides, the toys children received from santa at the parties, were invariably snatched away from them in the immediate aftermath, and stacked away in a large laundry wicker-basket behind the stage in the rec [wreck] hall The duplicitous behaviour of those in charge was nothing new to child inmates. Children were constantly reminded to smile at the visitors, as, who would want to look at bold miserable unloved faces…

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