Sentenced To Seven Years

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Folklorist and author Terry Fagan tweetz:

(First pic) 1960. Avondale Dairy, Waterford Street next door to Mitchel’s Rosary Beads factory. It was here in 1960s my brother aged 7/ 8 was caught stealing rosary beads. He was sentenced to 7 years Artane industrial school, escaped, capture, sent to Letterfrack ind sch, & FerryHouse ind sch.

(Second pic) He was rescued from FerryHouse Industrial School, spent two years dressed up as a girl to avoid capture, he was captured on his last year of freedom, sent to Marlborough House detention center & St Patrick’s institution to finish his last year. Photo Waterford St off Gardiner St

Terry Fagan

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21 thoughts on “Sentenced To Seven Years

    1. Frilly Keane

      I know
      Same happens ta me
      Everytime

      I do my best tho’
      These stories deserve to be heard

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Seven years (including rape, torture and slavery) for a child who stole a rosary. Rapists and killers are treated more leniently.

    This is the second story I’ve heard of where escaped boys disguised themselves as girls to avoid recapture. Can anyone reccomend some good source reading for me?

        1. postmanpat

          Oh ,would you all relax and pop your heads out of your provincial holes. Ya’ll baptized your kids, got married in church and will all be down to mass when you visit home down the shticks this Easter. If you have so much concern for innocent kids then learn something about the thousand of kids being abused around the world this very minute by the very same institution instead of what happened to some kids in the same geographic location you happened to be born in 60 years after the fact. Remember that when you , your family and friends get fag-ash rubbed of your foreheads tomorrow.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            You’re not exactly the epitome of “relaxed” yourself, now, are you?

          2. Frilly Keane

            Dare away there Cú
            We’d be all day looking for one

            When was the last time anyone here got the ashes?

            Or observed Lent

            Primary school I’d say

  2. Rob_G

    I remember hearing someone on the radio (who had written a book about industrial schools or Magdalene laundries, or both) saying that Ireland had the highest rate of incarceration in the world at times during the 20th century – higher than totalitarian regimes like China or Russia, even :(

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