The Shame of Ireland
Thanks for all the really useful responses for my last piece of work. They have been really helpful for my research.
I'm now writing my thesis and I've chosen to focus on the workshops in the industrial schools. When the industrial schools were opened in the 1870s the shop training seemed to be quite useful and several numbers of the boys were able to get work in their trade after the time spent there. Yet into the 20thCentury the training became much poorer - I'm reading that the trade unions put a barrier up for industrial school boys and wouldn't accept their training?
Also interested in the fact that some of the items were sold to the public.
Would love to get in to the archives to have a look at order books etc, but the Christian Brothers won't let me. Must be worried about what I would find..
I have been in touch with Tom Wall who was in Glin and still has the records there. Hopefully will get to see him over the next week or two
I wanted to ask anyone in this community if they found their workshop training useful in any way. Did any of you go on to get jobs in the trade after leaving?
Lots of witness testimony say that industrial schools actually put them off the trade for life.
Any replies or advice on where to look for feedback would be appreciated. Thank you all
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