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I visited the little corner of the country where good has triumphed over evil

Roslyn Dee


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The former Christian Brothers industrial school at Letterfrack, Co Galway. Photo: Andrew Downs

The former Christian Brothers industrial school at Letterfrack, Co Galway. Photo: Andrew Downs

The former Christian Brothers industrial school at Letterfrack, Co Galway. Photo: Andrew Downs

In all my 30 years of visiting Connemara, I had never stopped in Letterfrack. Nearby Renvyle, Tullycross, Cleggan, Kylemore Abbey and the town of Clifden are all familiar and well-trodden territory. But Letterfrack? No, I just couldn’t go there.

Letterfrack, after all, was a place of darkness, a place where children suffered unimaginable pain and abuse. Here was a place whose very name was synonymous with its infamous industrial school and with all the anguish and hurt that was inflicted on so many youngsters there.


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