It's been called "The Irish Holocaust" and "The Irish Gulag." This is the first in a 4-part series on the Irish Industrial Schools.
However, what makes this even worse is that these industrial schools were run by Catholic priests and nuns, totally sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Ireland has the notorious distinction of having the greatest number of cases of children who were beaten, tortured and abused in a government and church sanctioned system that began in 1862 and 1990. Similar abuse occurred at industrial schools in England, Scotland, Australia, Canada and the United States. In every case, these schools were run under the auspices of the Catholic Church.
It is estimated that about 130,000 children were committed to industrial schools in
Future posts will debunk the myths that are associated with the industrial schools, some personal accounts from the victims of this systematic abuse, some who triumphed in the face of trauma and some who didn't. Finally, the concluding post in this series will be an attempt to understand how this dark evil is endemic to the Catholic Church in Ireland as well as here in the U.S. with the sexual abuse scandal which was uncovered in the 1990s by the Boston Globe. How does the Catholic Church respond when it is confronted with these unspeakable horrors. I'll cite the Church's "own words" as to how it answers the charges made by the surviving victims and their families. Before you go, take time to view the video: "Four Walls, One Faith, No Identity" with scenes from the movie: "Song for a Raggy Boy."