Artane Industrial school

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St. Josephs Industrial School, Artane was an industrial school run by the Christian Brothers in Artane, Dublin from 1870 to 1969.[1]

The school closed in 1969.[1]


The school opened on 28 July 1870 in Artane Castle with fifty six acres of land added.[1][2]

Adoption, fostering and boarding-out led to a decline in the number of children who would otherwise have entered the industrial schools.[3] Artane was the largest industrial school, making it the most affected by these developments.[4]

Investigation into abuse[edit]

See also: Abuse

As a result of complaints over a period of decades, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse investigated allegations of abuse at Artane:

Physical abuse[edit]

See also: Physical abuse

The Commission concluded that the school "used frequent and severe corporal punishment", which was "systemic and pervasive", and that even when a child behaved it was still possible for him to be beaten.[5]

Sexual abuse[edit]

The Commission concluded that sexual abuse of children by members of the Christian Brothers was "a chronic problem", that was at least one Brother during a 33-year period was a sexual abuser, that there were at least two such abusers for more than one third of those years and that for one year in the 1940s there were at least seven such abusers.[6] Abuse by Christian Brothers was treated as a threat to the reputation of the order, inadvertently protecting abusers.[6] The most common reaction to abuse being reported was to move the offender to another institution run by the same order.[6] Frequently abuse was not investigated nor was it reported to the Garda Síochána nor to the Department of Education.[6] Exploitation of smaller pupils at the school by older ones was also significant.[6]


See also: Neglect

Mealtimes were poorly supervised, leading to smaller pupils being bullied and the facilities for serving food were primitive.[7] Clothing was poor quality, institutional and patched, despite criticism by the Departmental Inspector and there being a surplus in school accounts.[7] Toilet facilities were primitive before 1953 and accommodation was poor.[7]


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