Ireland’s ‘Moral Hospital’: The Irish Borstal System 1906-1956


Conor Reidy

Examines the work of Clonmel borstal institution from its foundation in 1906, until its closure in 1956. Looks at the socio-economic background of the inmates, and the strict regime of education, training and spiritual instruction to which they were subjected. Takes account of key external events including the 1916 Rising, the Irish Civil War and the First and Second World Wars, and their effects on Clonmel borstal. Considers the contrasts between the enlightened Borstal system in the light of Christian Brothers schools scandals

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