Children of the Poor Clares

The Collusion between Church and State that Betrayed Thousands of Children in Ireland’s Industrial Schools

by Mavis Arnold & Heather Laskey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/24/2012

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781466909038

About the Book

The original 1985 edition of Children of the Poor Clares was the first book to expose the reality of the treatment of children placed in church care in Ireland’s post-independence horrendous industrial school system. Giving an intimate picture, covering over four decades, of life in one of these institutions, it documented the gross physical and emotional abuse, neglect, malnourishment, exploitation, lack of proper education, deprivation, and humiliation that scarred the children for life. It further identified the collusion of the state and its own lawbreaking that enabled the abuse in its vast apparatus of incarceration of impoverished children. This revised updated edition gives chilling details of revelations that have since become public and of the state’s ultimate responsibility for what took place.

About the Author

The authors were both journalists in Ireland for many years. Mavis Arnold still lives in Ireland; Heather Laskey now lives in Canada, where she has been a magazine and newspaper writer and made documentaries for CBC radio. Her last book was the prize-winning Night Voices: Heard in the Shadow of Hitler and Stalin published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.