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Glin Industrial School - Limerick


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Comment by seanie morrison on February 12, 2016 at 16:57

I have the same photo's John, sorry I had to leave Yuma Jan 27th ths year as my wife Peg passed away after a fall which caused a blood clot, I met Peg in England at age sixteen and a half after getting out and taken over the water TG. I am 81 this year and heart broken, it is a terrible pain so i am back to writing my memoir after two years. Wish I was in the physical company of all survivors of all prisons. I was an inmate, the number of children held in St. Joseph's Industrial prison in the village of Glin peaked to 212 in the year 1949 from 211 in 1948 and from there on decreased yearly, my short stay, I was sentenced on February 8th 1949 at age 13 and seven month's, my father was in England and my mother left Ireland with Joe who took my fathers place after my sister Breeda age 12 died May 31st 1949 at her grandmothers house where the Courts had sent my brother and sisters to for neglect (untrue) by our mother. Our mother was destitute had to leave the Island Field council house and move into an abandoned butcher shop, number 10 Robert street as squatters with no heat but an empty fireplace and a straw filled bag for a mattress on the stone floor, a blanket covered the large shop window, we had no toilet or bathroom but a bucket which was emptied in the drain in the dark street. From that point on, fatherless, I took on the role as the eldest, 12 years of age approximately, to beg for food door to door mostly on the rich homes on the Ennis road where ( Richard Harris family lived) I learned later, to provide for my family, this I did by missing school, my lament after knocking on the doors was, have you a piece of bread or a penny, Please, I worked at the market on Saturdays helping the farmers with there purchaces for a couple of bob. That is just the beginning, hope I have not taken up too much time. Seanie

Comment by jack colleton on February 12, 2016 at 21:26

Hello Seanie.  Prisons Indeed Is The Word I Agree!  That Was How It Seemed To Me!  

Comment by Úna Walsh on February 13, 2016 at 16:48

Thank you Seanie, Please keep writing 

,T hese things must not be forgotten

Comment by jack colleton on February 13, 2016 at 19:10

Wonder Where The People In The Photos Are Today  ....  And How Are They?

Comment by michael burke on June 8, 2016 at 1:39


Comment by jack colleton on June 8, 2016 at 11:14

Awesome Michael!

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