Remembering the Letterfrack Boys

I was in Connemara yesterday and I took a walk around the grounds of GMIT Letterfrack. I found the Letterfrack Industrial School graveyard.  Under the Industrial Schools Act (1888) the purpose of these schools was to ‘care for neglected, orphaned and abandoned children.’

The school opened its doors on 12th October 1887 under the management of the Christian Brothers. 2,819 boys passed through the doors of Letterfrack until the school closed in 1974.

I’m not going to link any website about this, it’s just heartbreaking. You’d think a child in school would be safe, not so in this case. Shoes hang on the gates leading to the graveyard.

Black ribbons encourage us to remember…and we should.

The tiny heart shaped plaques are placed there in memory of the boys who died in the school.

Toys are placed around for boys who lost their childhood. I walked around listening to children playing nearby and thinking of these children who never got the chance to play. There really are no words……

May they Rest in Peace.

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Photographer, blogger, hooked on social media. Based in Sligo, Ireland. Passionate about Ireland and always looking for the next adventure.

11 Responses

  1. Caroline Whiteside

    Shocking. And so recently closed. I visited the site of the Sligo Workhouse cemetery and memorial which incidentally the girl in the tourist info office had never heard of (did we have a workhouse here?) and a more sorrowful spot I hope to never see. It was up there with Dachau. 😥

  2. Kathy

    I visit there quite regularly (yesterday in fact) it’s a place of extreme loneliness, heartache, children lost to a regime of horrid mental and physical abuse. Its location away from the immediate eye unless you were local, like hidden away so what one can’t see so to speak. The amount of times I have visited there and never to see anyone else has always been a shock to me……but, if you delve deeper “the locals” will never discuss or want you to speak about it……

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