Archive | June 2014

262. St Joseph’s Industrial School (Ireland)

St Joseph’s Industrial School was located in Artane, Dublin. It opened in 1870 with the aim of caring for neglected, orphaned and abandoned Catholic boys. It closed in 1969.

They used corporal punishment. More important a govermental report provide evidence of sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse of boys was a chronic problem in Artane. The documented and admitted cases show that for more than half of the 33 years under consideration there was at least one Brother in Artane who at some time engaged in sexual abuse of boys. Much more abuse occurred than is recorded in documents because of inadequate recording and reporting procedures and other causes of under-reporting. Sexual activity between boys was also common and there was a significant amount of predatory sexual behaviour by bigger boys on smaller, vulnerable ones.

It could not have been fun to be sent there as a teenager.

261. The Mother/Baby Home Tuam

The Mother/Baby Home Tuam existed from 1925 to 1961. Like many other homes for teenage girls who became pregnant outside marriage they housed the girls until the babies were born. The mothers then returned home if they were lucky. Otherwise the girls were sent to other asylums where they were kept because they had brought shame over their family due to the pregnancy.

The babies were put up for adoption if they survived the stay. Recent discovery of the remains of 800 bodies belonging to babies might suggest that something awful was wrong with this home. They didn’t take the time to buy a coffin for each of these small humans. They just dropped them down in a concrete tank. Where are the Christianity found in such thinking?

It is safe to say that it was not fun to be a pregnant teenager in such a place.


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.