posted on May, 24 2009 @ 12:54 PM
The Christian Brothers ran some of the most notorious institutions for young boys and
The Christian Brothers ran some of the most notorious institutions for young boys and teens during the 20th century but a number of other orders were
also condemned by Mr Justice Sean Ryan's report.
Valerie Robinson reports Irish News Friday May 22, 2009
An RTE documentary about the Goldenbridge industrial school run by the Sisters of Mercy proved to be the first step in exposing the staggering scale
of abuse and neglect inflicted on, children in the care of religious orders. ' Valerie Robinson outlines what the child Abuse Commission said about
institutions run by nuns.
Joseph's Industrial School, Artane, Dublin
Its public face was the Artane Boys' Band which regularly appeared at Croke Park but for its young occu*pants Artane was a place of constant fear of
violent beatings and sexual abuse by Christian Brothers. Older boys in the school, which op*erated until 1969, routinely abused the smaller,
vulnerable ones, while predatory paedophile brothers were moved from school to school.
Letterfrack Industrial School, Co Galway
The school, which remained open*until 1974, fostered a climate of fear and sex offenders availed of its iso*lated location to abuse boys for longer
periods of time. One Christian brother was allowed to abuse undetected for 14 years.
St Joseph's Industrial School, Tralee, Co Kerry
Over a 3D-year period, hundreds of boys were sent to the school for a va*riety of reasons including homeless*ness, begging, poverty and skipping
The young occupants lived in- con*stant fear of the Christian Brothers staff in an atmosphere where brutal violence was the norm. The sexual
misconduct of one brother, which had been allowed to continue for many years, led a junior member of the community to com*plain to his superiors.
Carriglea Park Industrial School, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Boys as young as six were admitted to Carriglea Park, which became a concern for the Christian Brothers congregation because of problems with
In response, brothers who had been criticised in other schools for their violent nature were sent to the Co Dublin institution.
St Joseph's Industrial School, GUn, Co limerick
The school, which operated until 1966, was also characterised by a se*vere system of corporal punishment as Christian brothers known to have a
propensity for the violent treat*ment of children were sent there. Two Christian brothers suspected of sexually abusing boys in another institution
were transferred to Glin.
St Joseph's Industrial School, Salthill, Co Galway
Boys in St Joseph's were described as poorly dressed and slept in dirty and inadequate bedding. Their living quarters were shabby and their education
was substandard. Complaints were made about Christian brothers and staff members alleged to have sexually abused boys, but no reports were made by the
congregation to gardai.
St Joseph's Industrial School, Greenmount, Co Cork
The Presentation Brothers and the Department of Education ignored physical, emotional and sexual abuse being inflicted on boys. Two brothers accused
of abusing children were allowed to move on to new positions dealing with young people, without any complaints being made to gardai.
St Conleth's Reformatory School, Daingean, Co Offaly
The Oblates of Mary Immaculate ran the notorious Daingean school where boys convicted of criminal offences ranged in age between 12 and 17. Punishment
was meted out in a "cruel, sadistic and excessive man*ner designed to maximise the terror of all the boys". One staff member, known as Brother
Enrico, was said to have ad*ministered "ritualistic floggings", while boys were sexually abused by brothers, lay staff and other inmates.
'NOTORIOUS': St Conleth's Reformatory School in Daingean, Co
Offaly, above and left PICTURES: TV3/pA
St Patrick's Industrial School, Upton, Co Cork
The Rosminians ran the school in Upton until 1966, creating an atmosphere where the sexual abuse of boys was a "chronic problem". No member of the
order was expelled or reported to gardai, with abusers moved to other institutions to keep the problem quiet. In one case a brother known for abusing
children was sent to a school for the visually impaired. As in the case of other industrial schools managed by the religious, Upton's young
inhabitants lived in an "all-pervasive climate of fear" of severe punishment.
St Joseph's Industrial School, Ferryhouse, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
The Rosminians' school, which closed in 1999, had a "chronic" prob*lem with the sexual abuse of boys but the congregation treated the issue as
something to be kept secret rather than a crime. "In Ferryhouse the system allowed individuals to gain absolute control over large groups of children
so that they could do what they liked with little risk of detection," Mr Justice Sean Ryan said.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Lota, Cork
The Brothers of Charity ran Lota be*tween 1939 and 1999 for children with learning disabilities. Two brothers were convicted of sexually abusing
children between 1952 and 1984, while the child abuse commission heard evidence from three complainants. A staff member named as Brother Guthrie in
the report abused at least 100 children over a 32-year period.
St Joseph's School for Deaf Boys, Cabra, Dublin
The Christian Brothers, who man*aged the school until 2000, failed to protect children from being sexually assaulted by staff while complaints were
ignored or treated inadequately. Staff were poorly trained for dealing with children with disabilities, in a fa*cility where young occupants were
"frightened, bullied and abused".
Goldellbridge Industrial School, Inchlcore, Dublin
The report paints an extremely bleak picture of the institution where life was full of drudgery; punishment was pervasive and children were treated
brutally by "wholly unsuitable" carers. In some cases carers were former pupils who were incapable of living independently and one-time residents
spoke of living in a "climate of fear" and being "scarred for life" by physical and emotional abuse. Children who wet the bed said they were
denied water and dr$nk out of toilet cisterns 10 quench their thirst. .. Former residents also reca!led how scraps of bread or of cake were thrown out
of a window