The Irish Catholic Church continues to demean Survivors, thousands of Industrial School Survivors who tell the truth are the mortal enemies of the Irish Catholic Church, who seek to distort the past, the present and the future. The Irish Catholic Church established a variety of detention facilities to confine children throughout Ireland, 56 Industrial Schools in one form or another for both Boys and Girls, were owned and run by the The Irish Catholic Church. In time their extensive Industrial Schools system came to include work camps, where children were incarcerated without observation of the standard norms applying to arrest and custody, The Children were forced into these church run labour camps, the Industrial Schools, which served as rape centres, torture and murder rooms of the out of control clergy. The biggest was Artane Industrial School in Dublin, which at one time housed over a thousand boys, and came to serve as a model for an expanding and centralised Industrial Schools system under the control of the Christian Brothers management.
For over 100 years the Christian Brothers centralised those Industrial Schools, or work camps that held children under orders of protective custody of the Irish Catholic Church. Over the years the Christian Brothers came to be renowned for their cruelty towards children in their care. The feared Irish Christian Brothers had exclusive responsibility for detention as well as orders for incarceration, release, and even death, or other official disciplinary punishment of all Boys in its care, with no oversight in their use of excessively severe punishment, cruel and unusual punishments which was the norm was inflicted on the children in its care. The punishments were particularly harsh melted out by the Christian Brothers and always severe, the punishments were designed to be used to degrade the child and strip him of his human dignity, the cruel punishment was always arbitrary and did included torture. We know from the excellent Ryan Report, that the corporal punishment melted out by the Christian Brothers was excessive and frequent. The acceptance by the Christian Brothers of the severity of the punishment was always about total control of the child and to instil inflicted fear. The brutality of the beatings inflicted on the child in its care, was characterised by its brutal harshness, with the adjective “draconian” referring to similarly unforgiving rules of the Christian Brothers.
The Christian Brothers, however, were responsible for the Industrial School Boys from the moment the Boy entered the work camp, the Industrial School or until the moment the child died in the Industrial School or upon the child’s released. The Christian Brothers personnel were responsible for constant “unofficial” cruelty that often led, and was intended to lead, to “unofficial” daily floggings, killings and rapes. The cruel and senseless deaths in all the Industrial Schools were never reported to the Irish Police, in reality the Irish Police did not want to know, in the eyes of
An Garda Síochána, the Irish Clerics were above the Law, intouchable.
The shocking deaths of the Boys in the care of the Christian Brothers were routinely written up as “suicides,” or “accidental” deaths, a few deaths the Christian Brothers “justified as killings” of Boys who were “trying to escape,” or “assaulting a Christian Brother.” The Christian Brothers authorities also didn’t report the deaths of the Boys in its care and when it did, the Christian Brothers said, the boy or boys had died from acute illness, such as “weak heart” or “God had called him away.” No Christian Brother was subject to review by any judicial or administrative authorities in Ireland at the time outside of the Irish Church apparatus. One Institution School in Ireland according to the Ryan Report had over 200 known or unexplainable Children’s deaths and a few surviving documents that were not burned, by the evil Christian Brothers show that the children’s deaths were even higher in some of the Industrial Schools run by the Christian Brothers, the Christian Brothers conveniently destroyed any and all paperwork it could lay its bloody hands on and even destroying the insensitive or sensitive documents in its own archives, and continues to do so, right up to this day. Sadly, for all Survivors of the Industrial Schools run by The Christian Brothers, in Ireland, The Christian Brothers uniquely stood and continues to stand outside the Laws of the Irish State and the Laws of Humanity, including, Divine law, the Laws of God. According to the Christian Bible, "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." Owen Felix O'Neill
The List of Industrial Schools and Industrial Work Camps for Children in the Republic of Ireland.
• Artane Industrial School, Dublin
• Carriglea Park Industrial School, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.
• Meath Protestant Industrial School for Boys
• Our Lady of Succour, Newtownforbes.
• Summerhill Industrial School, Dublin, Protestant run school.
• Stilorgan Industrial School, Protestant run school.
• St Aidan's Industrial School for Girls, New Ross, Wexford,
• St. Ann's Industrial School for Girls, Killarney, Kerry
• St. Anne's Industrial School for Girls, Booterstown, Dublin
• St. Anne's Reformatory School for Girls, Kilmacud, Dublin
• St. Ann's Industrial School for Girls and Boys, Renmore, Galway
• St. Augustine's Industrial School for Girls, Templemore, Tipperary
• St. Bernard's Industrial School for Girls, Fethard, Dundrum, Tipperary
• St. Bridgid's Industrial School for Girls, Loughrea, Galway
• St. Coleman's Industrial School for Girls, Cobh/Rushbrook, Cork
• St. Columba's Industrial School for Girls, Westport, Mayo
• St Columba's Industrial School for Boys, Killybegs, Donegal
• St. Conleth's Reformatory School for Boys, Daingean, Offaly
• St. Dominick's Industrial School for Girls, Waterford
• St. Finbarr's Industrial School for Girls, Sundays Well, Marymount, Cork
• St. Francis Xavier's Industrial School for Girls and Boys, Ballaghadereen, Roscommon
• St. Francis' Industrial School for Girls, Cashel, County Tipperary
• St. George's Industrial School for Girls, Limerick
• St. John's Industrial School for Girls, Birr, Offaly
• St. Joseph’s Industrial School Letterfrack, Galway.
• St. Joseph's Industrial School, Dublin
• St. Joseph's Industrial School, Kilkenny.
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Boys, Passage West, Cork
• St. Joseph’s Industrial School, Tralee, Kerry.
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Girls and Boys, Ballinasloe, Galway
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Girls and Boys, Clifden, Galway
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Girls and Boys, Killarney, Kerry
• St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Cavan
• St. Joseph’s Industrial School for Girls, Louth
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Girls, Kilkenny
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Girls, Mallow, Cork
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Girls, Athlone, Westmeath
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Girls, Whitehall, Drumcondra, Dublin
St. Joseph’s Industrial School, Clonmel, Tipperary
St. Joseph’s Industrial School, Glin, Limerick.
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Senior Boys, Greenmount, Cork
• St. Joseph's Industrial School for Senior Boys, Salthill, Galway
• St. Joseph's Reformatory School for Girls, Limerick
• St. Kyran's Industrial School for Boys, Rathdrum, Wicklow
• St. Laurence's Industrial School for Girls, Sligo
• St. Laurence's Industrial School, Finglas, Dublin
• St. Martha's Industrial School for Girls, Bundoran, Donegal
• St. Mary's Industrial School, Lakelands, Sandymount, Dublin
• St. Michael's Industrial School for Girls, Wexford
• St. Michael's Industrial School for Junior boys, Cappoquin, Waterford
• St. Patrick's Industrial School, Kilkenny
• St. Patrick’s Industrial School Upton, Cork
• St. Vincent's Industrial School for Junior Boys, Drogheda, Louth
• St. Vincent's Industrial School for Girls, Limerick
• St. Vincent's Industrial School, Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017