Commitment of Children to Industrial Schools - Ireland

The ISPCC (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) issued orders for children as young as four to be sent to Industrial Schools.  

This document, from the National Archives of Ireland, depicts one such case.  It concerns the commitment of a child named Paddy Doyle to St. Michael's Industrial School for Junior Boys (in Cappoquin, County Waterford) during 1955.

The document notes that Paddy would be detained "in a Certified Industrial School."

Subsequent investigations, on a national scale, have revealed how difficult these Industrial Schools were for the very children they were supposed to protect.  

The ISPCC has since issued a statement of regret regarding the commitment of children.  That statement was published in the Irish Times.

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Image of document online, courtesy Irish National Archives.


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