The wilful murder of over 147 children in St Joseph's Industrial School for young boys in Letterfrack, County Galway, Ireland. The Congregation of Christian Brothers who ran the Industrial School where considered the worse of the worse, known clerical pedophiles, who were moved from Industrial School to Industrial School, throughout Ireland to continue their orgy of rape and brutality, and murder of vulnerable children in their care..
From the Ryan Report--
The Ryan Report concluded that corporal punishment in Letterfrack was so "severe, excessive and pervasive, and created a climate of fear", that it "was the primary method of control" and that unavoidable because "it was frequently capricious, unfair and inconsistent”.
Also Sexual rape “by the Christian Brothers was a chronic problem in Letterfrack" and that those members of the order who served there "included firstly those who had previously been guilty of sexual rape of boys, in other Industrial Schools;- Secondly those whose rape was discovered while they worked in that Industrial School were than moved to another Industrial School, to continue to rape even more children. And, thirdly some Christian Brothers who were subsequently revealed to have raped boys repeatedly”.
The Christian Brothers "did not properly investigate allegations of sexual rape of boys by other Christian Brothers" and "knew that the Christian Brothers who sexually raped boys were a continuing danger". Sending known Christian pedophiles to any industrial school was "an act of reckless disregard" especially "one as remote and isolated as Letterfrack".
Hell is full of good wishes and desires, the road to hell being paved with good intentions or evil intentions of the Christian Brothers. This hideous and now notorious children’s penal colony was considered to be the worse Industrial School in Ireland. Conditions at this Industrial School found its equal only in18th Century English judicial barbarism. The ‘school’s’ notoriety was founded upon the rape and extreme physical and mental punishments inflicted daily upon defenceless children by a largely psychotic mob of cassocked ecclesiastical pedophiles, the sadistic Christian Brothers. No fewer than 147 children were murdered whilst under their tender mercies, many former inmate that survived this hellhole say that the number of murdered children is two or three times higher, than 147 murdered children. Again in secret grave pits.
Many of these Christian Brothers should be presumed to be practitioners of the dark arts. Only the devil could have been inspired to inflict such miseries on defenceless children; only cruel darkness have conspired a whole community to turn aside from the wailing of thousands of vulnerable children through those dark decades of its existence. Some of the dreadful scenes are reminiscent of the scenes depicted in medieval tapestries in which the excesses of hell are defined, Letterfrack, was hell itself. In the bone-numbing sadness of Letterfrack Industrial School burial pits, 78 named children, lie in the neat rows of marble hearts, the names of four children, four brothers stand out, who were buried side by side, their murders occurring at two-year intervals.
What brutal savagery or act of an indifferent god led to their murders, of these four defenceless children, these four powerless brothers. Letterfrack is a haunted place, a sombre place, a place of real nightmares, that no healing mist should obliterate from our collective memory.
The heart-shaped memorial stones lie on either side of a broken moss stone path, floating in dark pools of grass punctuated with insidious secrets, of death and hidden murder in this wild, untamed landscape. Short creeping rosettes of small rounded and spoon-shaped daisies, with their white ray floret and their yellow disc florets, grow undomesticated, surrounded by downy covered wild and unrestrained dandelions. Every other wild flower has its secrets, every contemptibly feeble weed is lurking and wants to scream. The vulnerable children dreams died in the nearby trees, but there is one secret unmarked grave that can be seen in the woods, if one looks for it, it is the unmarked grave of a four year old boy Bernard Kerrigan, who was raped and murdered in 1935 by the sadist Christian Brothers. At Four years of age and already a hardened criminal in the worse Industrial School in Ireland. His crime…nobody knows…his death ..nobody knows or cares…his burial place I can’t forget…Owen Felix O'Neill