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The experience which will always stay with me are the times when I wet the bed.

We got up early each morning and stood by our beds, while someone examined them to see if they were wet. If you had wet the bed, you had to remain behind to take a cruel and belitting punishment. You would have to have had a very cruel mind to make up such a punishment. These people were sadistic, unpredictable, and malicious and disturbed,in my judgement. You would have to had a very twisted mind to think of such a punishment scheme.

I can remember the first time my son and daughter wet the bed. My reaction was "its ok, you have had a bad dream" and they didn't wet the bed after. Why could the school not have viewed it compassionately, like this? Instead of putting me, through total fear, and the shame of wetting the the bed. Just a little bit of love and understanding would have helped. I was just a frightened child, ALONE.

I WAS MADE TO WEAR THE THE WET SHEET OVER MY SHOULDERS AND STAND BY MY BED UNTIL BREAKFAST. I WOULD THEN BE FORCED TO MISSS BREAKFAST. WHEN BREAKFAST HAD BEEN SERVED TO THE OTHER CHILDREN, THE LAYWOMAN WOULD COME INTO THE BEDROOM AND MAKE ME WALKE AROUND THE SCHOOL WITH THE WET SHEET AROUND MY SHOULDERS AND DRAG THE MATTRESS INTO THE YARD TO DRY IT, IN FULL VIEW OF EVERYONE. [ REMEMBER THIS IS A CHILD OF AROUND FOUR YEARS OLD]

There could br two or three boys with me, who had wet the bed. We would not even look at each other, as we all felt personally ashamed and humiliated. We would all keep ou heads down.

I intend to blog all of my experience in vincents and Artane. It wiil take a while as my health is not good. There is about 40 pages in the first part so please bear with me.

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Comment by micheal on May 19, 2016 at 13:08

Powerful stuff Pol, i rememeber those types of practise all to well and im only 42, thanks for sharing, it takes a lot of guts to be able to talk about stuff like that, i have kids myself and i think we are good parents because we have suffered at the extreme end of things and know how hurtful and damaging that was so the little kid inside us all will make sure were dam good parents. Fair play for opening up Pol

Comment by jack colleton on April 22, 2017 at 11:48

Well Said Pol & Michael.

Comment by John Thompson on April 24, 2017 at 15:26

1. Fill bath with cold water.

2. Put in smelly pee sheet.

3. Add smell pee child.

4. Smelly pee child wash smelly pee sheet.

5. Not smelly child hang out not smelly sheet.

6. Ah go on then, back to 1.

I can't remember who did this to me, but did it they did. many times before I was seven. I was still wetting my bed at 16.  This was in a Protestant Children's Home, in Dublin, in the 50s

Comment by micheal on April 24, 2017 at 15:34
Ffs the sick bastards heart goes out to ya mate,
Comment by jack colleton on April 24, 2017 at 16:51

Ah Yes The Beatings And The Shame And The Humiliations Every Single Morning.  Sucking Thumb Way Beyond Years.

Comment by jack colleton on April 24, 2017 at 16:52

Punished For Being Born At All.

Comment by jack colleton on April 24, 2017 at 16:53

Some Of The Staff In The Protestant Children's Home Were Psychopaths. 

Comment by jack colleton on April 24, 2017 at 17:03

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-37195513

Man relives horror of life in Irish Protestant children's home

Comment by seanie morrison on April 24, 2017 at 17:08

I watched one boy about 7 walking around the yard in the rain with his mattress on his head in Glin. It still bothers me at age 82.

Comment by Úna Walsh on April 24, 2017 at 17:20

Words fail me! Who left these psychos in charge of children and why is it so hard to bring them to justice? Even if posthumously.

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