The Shame of Ireland

The Shame of Ireland

The Case of the missing Industrial School

You may thing that the possible Sainthood of Little Nellie and the attempts by the Church to have her dig up and moved to a location where people could worship her and PAY their Respects; would have been the start of the Denial of Industrial Schools?


But you’d be wrong! on Facebook 13th November 2012

Fire blazes in the Good Shepherd Convent, Cork.

Posted by on Tuesday, 13 November 2012



“Cork Independent” -

Investigations continue at Good Shepherd

“The Good Shepherd Convent (Magdalene Asylum) was one of two laundries in Cork and was opened in Sunday's Well on July 29 1872, closing during the late 1970s.”


Not one Mention of St Finbarr’s Industrial School! Or an “Orphanage”!


Source -


Irish Central -

Cork Magdalene Laundry burns to the ground - suspicious police investigate

CATHY HAYES @irishcentral November 14,2012


“The building was used for over 100 years as an orphanage and a Magdalene Laundry, a home for unmarried women who had become pregnant.”


They Also mention


“The convent was also home to Ellen Organ, an exceptionally holy child, who has been venerated as “Little Nelly of Holy God”. She is buried next to the convent.”


BUT Forget to mention she was in an “Industrial School”!


Source -


The -

Fire at the Good Shepherd Convent in Cork city

Five units of the Cork City Fire Brigade are currently at the scene of the fire, which was reported at around 7.40am.

Nov 13th 2012



“A FIRE HAS broken out at The Good Shepherd Convent on the north side of Cork city this morning.”


No Industrial School, “Orphanage” or Magdelene Laundry Mentioned?


The Irish Examiner -

Gardaí: Convent fire likely deliberate








Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gardaí believe the fire which gutted a listed former convent building in Cork City was started deliberately.

“The three main buildings, a home, convent, and orphanage, have lain derelict since a serious fire in 2003.”


It goes on -

“The Good Shepherd Convent operated a Magdalene Laundry and orphanage on the Sunday’s Well site from 1874 until late 1977.

While there are no publicly available figures for the number of women and children who passed through the institution, newspaper records show courts sending women there well into the 1970s.

In one case in 1932, the courts sent a woman to the laundry for the concealment of a birth for two years.

She remained there for 46 years and is buried in the Magdalene plot in Sunday’s Well.

Grave records show that at least 188 women died while in the care of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Cork.

The women were buried at four locations around the country between 1875 and 2011.

The Magdalene plot on the site, where at least 30 women are buried, was significantly vandalised in recent months and was overgrown, preventing access by relatives.

The site also includes the grave of the orphan “Little Nellie of Holy God”, a four-year-old who died of TB in 1908. “

Source -

Here again we Have a Laundry and  an “Orphanage”.


The Irish Times offers -

Gardaí investigate convent fire

Barry Roche

First published: Tue, Nov 13, 2012,

“Firefighters spent several hours earlier today making safe the former Good Shepherd Convent and Magdelene Laundry at Sunday’s Well in Cork.”

It Goes on -

“The Good Shepherd Convent and Magdalene Asylum first opened in 1872 and continued to operate as an orphanage for young girls right up until the late 1970s.

Three of the structures on the site, the convent, the Magdelene home and the orphanage were designed by George Ashlin and were listed as protected structures.”

“God Bless the Nuns for looking after the wee vulnerable girls, and keeping them from Harm!”


I think you’re getting the idea?


So the Reality, how was that different?



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Comment by Andrew Brennan on September 27, 2015 at 19:48

Fires are a feature in the Institutional Abuse Saga - even the venerated ISPCC managed to get sloppy with the Maguire&Patterson boxes.  Strange that, as the fires DID seem to be spontaneous, as these outbursts were occurring to files from Sligo, files from Kerry, files from Kilkenny, files from Dublin .... you getting the drift? 

The most DAMNING files on these Religious Orders and their prisons happen to come from people/organisations not under direct control or influence of the Church .... think about that for a moment!!!! 

Comment by pauline jackson on October 7, 2015 at 22:13

Goldenbridge burnt down too. So much burning going on.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Years of history waiting to be forgotten. Keep this alive.

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