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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456779990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456779993
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,110,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author: Mickey Finn is the pen name of RFH who was born and raised in Ireland and returned to his home country as an adult after spending many years abroad. He was motivated to tell his story after realising that the same societal injustices were still rife in Ireland, and to reveal the atrocities that the authorities are still attempting to cover up or dismiss. He taught himself to read and write. Mickey Finn now resides in Dublin and is currently working on his second title.

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Having visited Letterfrack on Annual Excursions from St Joseph's CBS in Salthill, Galway, I'm all too aware of what a soul-destroying place it was. In my own memoir of that period (1951 - 1966) I described it as a 'sarcophagus for childrens' spirits', for that surely was what it represented. I visited the place 'on excursion' in 1964 during Mickey's first summer there. While Mickey's recollections of his time in Letterfrack were harrowing to read I was left detached due in part to lack of reference to his tormentors by their real names and gaps in the story regarding day-to-day life there. I also found it unusual that he appears never to have attended school...his secondment to the school's farm at age twelve seems unusual to say the least, even by Letterfrack's appalling standards. Those reservations aside, there is no denying Mickey's atrocious treatment (and that of the thousands of children condemned to endure Letterfrack's penal conditions) that brings nothing but abject shame to Mother Church. I was all too aware of the deviant nature of the Brothers charged with 'caring for' the country's misbegotten from my own experiences in Salthill but it pales when compared with Mickey's own experience. Mickey's story is a voice from the grave of the voiceless thousands who endured Ireland's version of Devil's island.
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By Michael Brent Aiken on March 26, 2015
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This book had a lot of language. It was a very sad story but a great opportunity to learn from the past to prevent abuse of ur tire generations. Would have like to read more about life after the industrial school.
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