Childhood Interrupted: Growing up in an industrial school #ad - They were only allowed a strictly supervised visit once a year, until they were permitted to leave the harsh and cruel regime of the institution at the age of sixteen. But kate survived her traumatic childhood and escaped her past by leaving for England and then Australia when the British government offered a scheme to encourage settlement there.
Fleeing her past again, kate worked as a governess in Paris and then returned to England where she trained as a beautician at Elizabeth Arden. The rape of eight-year-old kathleen by a neighbour had triggered their removal - the Irish authorities ruling that her mother must have been negligent.
Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent UpbringingOrion #ad - But the hope of rescue or escape never left her. Years later, frances would face her demons in court, bringing to account those who so viciously stole her youth. The heartbreaking yet inspiring account of a young girl who suffered at the hands of nuns in the Nazareth House Convent in Northern Ireland. Frances reilly and her sisters were abandoned by their mother outside Nazareth House Convent - a Belfast orphanage run by nuns.
Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent Upbringing #ad - Suffer the little children is a gripping and moving story of one child's spirit of survival. Little did they know the unimaginable cruelty they'd endure within its walls. Frances suffered horrifically at the hands of the Sisters: brutally beaten, abused and molested, the convent regime stripped her of everything - education, worked like a slave, innocence and childhood.
The Magdalen Laundries: a novel inspired by true events#ad - While not sugar-coating or endorsing the practices at the laundry, the author also extends this same understanding to the Catholic Church. Maren bradigan is just sixteen years old when she is taken under false pretenses from her comfortable life on her family farm. Concerned at the level of intimacy developing between Maren and the boy who helps her father with his farm work, the village priest takes it upon himself to remove her from school and bring her to one of the convent laundries, where he delivers her into the care of the nuns.
These laundries were ostensibly places for “fallen” girls and women to redeem themselves. At times slow-moving at the beginning, most of the book is compelling and engrossing. Young and pretty, Maren grows up on her family farm, loved and cherished. Maren begins to awaken to feelings of love, when a hired farm hand catches her eye.
The Magdalen Laundries: a novel inspired by true events #ad - The story features a heartfelt affirmation of the Gospel message. While, many elements of this book are difficult to read about, overall there is a message of hope. Only the presence of ceara, humiliation, a young pregnant girl who befriends her inside the institution, gives Maren strength to continue through abuse, beatings and near-starvation.
Set in ireland in 1961, and tells of the redemptive power of faith, The Magdalen Laundries is based on the true stories from one of the most shameful chapters in Ireland's history, friendship and forgiveness. New edition now includes pronunciation guide.
Little Drifters: Kathleen's StoryHarperCollins #ad - We are no better than the monsters that ran the convents. Based in ireland in the 1960s and 70s, Kathleen’s story is a story of extreme hardship, suffering and abuse. For all those i consider my brothers and sisters; the ones who died, the ones who lost their minds, the ones who drown their memories everyday in a bottle of whisky, I tell this for you.
Because in the end we are all brothers and sisters – and if we don’t feel that bond of love between each other, just as human beings, then we are nothing. In the tradition of irish storytelling, Kathleen offers a mesmerising account of her family’s experience. It is the story of 11 siblings, abandoned by their mother and torn from their father, incarcerated in convents and then driven apart in the cruellest ways imaginable; it is the story of their ruined childhoods and their fight for recompense.
Little Drifters: Kathleen's Story #ad - For all the children who suffered in this terrible place. The harrowing true story of a travelling Irish family bonded by love, broken apart by life, and then betrayed by their carers in a cruel convent in Ireland. For those who we lost along the way, I tell this story. But more than that, it is a story of courage, survival and the incredible strength of sibling bonds against overwhelming adversities.
Out of terrible darkness comes a remarkable story.
The Light In The WindowEbury Digital #ad - June's memoir tells the story of twelve women's experiences in this home and of the hardships they endured, but also the kindness she offered them, and the hope she was able to bring. But worst of all was that the young women were expected to raise their babies during these three years so that they could then be sold - given up for adoption in exchange for a donation to the nuns.
Shocked by the nuns' inhumane treatment of the frightened young women, June risked her job to bring some light into their dark lives. I promised that i would one day write a book and tell the world about the home for unmarried mothers. I have at last kept my promise. In ireland, 1951, the young june goulding took up a position as midwife in a home for unmarried mothers run by the Sacred Heart nuns.
The Light In The Window #ad - A place where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads whilst heavily pregnant. What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years. Where they were denied any contact with the outside world; denied basic medical treatment and abused for their 'sins'; where, after the birth, they were forced into hard labour in the convent for three years.
It was a place of secrets, lies and cruelty.
Sins of the Mother: A Heartbreaking True Story of a Woman's Struggle to Escape Her past and the Price Her Family PaidPan #ad - Set to work in the nursery, she saw the nuns treat the babies with horrifying cruelty. As an adult those experiences haunted Irene. They wanted their daughter jennifer to have a better life, but in trying to protect her by hiding their past they only succeeded in pushing her away. But home life was still better than the time she spent in one of Dublin's industrial orphanages.
Sins of the mother is a powerful and inspiring story of a family whose love was tested but never broken, who finally found the strength to heal the past. Irene kelly was brought up in poverty and abused by her mammy from an early age. Until, one day, irene had a phone call from Ireland that changed everything.
Sins of the Mother: A Heartbreaking True Story of a Woman's Struggle to Escape Her past and the Price Her Family Paid #ad - When she fell in love with Matt, who was fighting his own demons, they moved to England for a new start. In that harsh regime she was beaten and sexually assaulted. An epic and stirring story which shows that it is possible to overcome the worst start in life. Sunday Mirror.
The Magdalen GirlsKensington Books #ad - Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Finally, nora and teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.
Teagan soon befriends nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The mother superior, sister anne, inflicts cruel, who has secrets of her own, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love.
The Magdalen Girls #ad - Dublin, 1962. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations. Told with candor, compassion, hope, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, and unyielding courage.
Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries.
The Baby Snatchers: A young mother's desperate fight to escape the Sacred Heart nuns and keep her babyBlink Publishing #ad - You are nothing. Mary creighton was just 15 when she found herself pregnant out of wedlock, in 1960s Ireland. Babies were ripped out of their mother's hands, but Mary refused to let that happen to her. She dreamed of a happy life with her child, but that was shattered when she was sent away to Castlepollard - a home for mothers and their unborn babies.
Stripped of their clothes and forced into gruelling work whilst pregnant, those who survived childbirth were made to force-feed their children for adoption into wealthy families. Who always managed to catch up with her. She managed to escape only to later lose her beautiful daughter to social services and the meddling nuns.
The Baby Snatchers: A young mother's desperate fight to escape the Sacred Heart nuns and keep her baby #ad - . The sunday times bestseller*'you're all fallen women. After spending time in an infamous magdalene Laundry, Mary sought to find her lost children, and having another two children snatched away, and demand answers for the atrocities committed supposedly in God's name. This is a haunting account of a mother's worst nightmare, as Mary continues to fight for justice for the mothers who suffered there and the babies of Castlepollard: hundreds of which died and are still buried in the grounds today.
You've sowed the seed of Satan.
The Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland#ad - She also suffered at the hands of other people around them who they called their friends. The girl nobody wants' is a tragic & moving book to read! but a warning! the content is very graphic & shocking, and there is official documentation to support this true story, thank you. It's my 40th birthday today and i'm trying to smile, but as I look in the mirror all I can see is an empty shell, someone waiting to die.
. You could never tell that anything was wrong with me by just looking at me, as i dress clean and I keep myself tidy, and I have a smile on my face that hides my emotions and over the years I've become an expert at hiding behind it" This is the shocking true story of an innocent girl abused by the very people who said they would take good care of her.
The Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland #ad - The little girl was also sexually physically and emotionally abused by many people around her who were able to hide behind the security of Ireland's Catholic Church-run institutions. When i go to sleep it's in my head and when I wake up I can see it in the mirror and I am only waiting to die. A child abuse story that will stay with you forever and one that you will talk about for many years to come, The Girl Nobody Wants is a harrowing true story that will appeal to fans of biographies.
You only get one chance to live your life as a child, but Lilly was never given that chance - her childhood was taken from her before it ever begun. Her emotional pain is as strong today as it was the day it began and will never leave her alone. Lily's family began the path to her destruction - they used her and abused her - but they never ever wanted or loved her.
My Name is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby HomeGill Books #ad - Shunned by society for her sins and offered no comfort for her pain, Bridget gave birth to a boy, John, who died at the home in a horrendous state of neglect less than two years later. In the aftermath of the explosive revelations that the remains of 796 babies had been found in a septic tank on the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, she became compelled to try and find out if her baby brothers’ remains were among them.
Here, anna and alison o’reilly piece together the erased chapter of the life of Bridget Dolan and her forgotten sons, reminding us that we must never forget what was done to the women and children of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Her second child was once again delivered into the care of the nuns and was taken from her, never to be seen or heard from again.
My Name is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home #ad - She would go on to marry a wonderful man and have a daughter, Anna Corrigan, but it was only after Bridget’s death that Anna discovered she had two brothers her mother had never spoken about. Alone and pregnant, she was following in the footsteps of more than a century’s worth of lost souls. In 1946, twenty-six-year-old bridget Dolan walked up the path to the front door of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
Banished Babies: The Secret History of Ireland's Baby Export BusinessNew Island Books #ad - Mike milotte’s damning exposé of church-state collusion in banishing thousands of vulnerable ‘illegitimate’ children from Ireland in the 1950s and 60s was first published to critical acclaim in 1997, and quickly achieved iconic status. For this updated and expanded edition the author has added previously untold personal stories from some of the ‘banished babies’ he met in the intervening period – stories that further illuminate the murky shadows of this official, but long-concealed child-export business.
Banished Babies: The Secret History of Ireland's Baby Export Business #ad - This updated and expanded edition also examines the irish state’s failure to fulfil promises - made in the wake of the book’s first appearance - to adequately facilitate search and reunion among the ‘banished babies’ and their natural parents. This book would make your blood boil… one of the finest pieces of journalism this reader has come across for many a day.
The author, mike Milotte, has done his profession proud. The irish Times.