260. Sean Ross Abbey (Roscrea, Ireland)

Sean Ross Abbey was one of the places where teenage girls would be sent if they became pregnant outside marriage. It was considered a social scandal for a girl if that did happen and such girls were often locked up in a convent like Sean Ross Abbey until the child were delivered. Later the child often was sent to the United States for adoption and the mother would be released if she was lucky to live the rest of her life with the secret shame.

Some babies and young mothers didn’t make it. They ended up at the Angels Plot which people connected to church are working to destroy and replace with houses to hide the past.

It could not have been fun to have been sent there as a pregnant teenage girl.


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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

2 responses to “260. Sean Ross Abbey (Roscrea, Ireland)”

  1. theraggedwagon says :

    Reblogged this on The Ragged Wagon and commented:
    Nothing like a bit of ‘property development’ to hide the scars of the past. Actually its more to do with refusing to confront that shameful past in the way the Church & State criminalised some women and children – notably most from the poorer sections of society.

  2. Pegggy Cafferty says :

    So sad to read about the abuse of the poor defensless children of Ireland.. As a Irish Catholic of parents who came over from Mayo, and Galway I was sent to Catholic schools and I know am both very angry that this was allowed by Church and state and no religious has offered to be jailed to pay for the many sins as Christ has paid on the cross. I think that all guilty still living should have to spend a minimum of three years in jail and that is still much kinder than what these poor girls pregnant out of wedlock and their offspring have endured. I am having a difficult time forgiving and I did not even have of their experiences I .

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