Acts of Survival and Resistance in Industrial and Reformatory Schools in Ireland in the Twentieth Century

  • Sinead PembrokeEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


Industrial Schools formed part of a much wider network of penal institutions which included Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes and Reformatory Schools in Ireland. According to figures provided by the Ryan Report between 1936 and 1970, 170,000 children were incarcerated in 50 Industrial Schools. This chapter explores the Industrial School inmates’ life course during and after their incarceration, understanding the impact it had on them. Not only will the chapter give a brief historical outline of Industrial and Reformatory Schools in Ireland, but it will also describe the regime the children encountered, and it will explore the coping strategies they used, and how they survived the regime. This is based on 25 semi-structured interviews with male and female survivors.


Industrial schools Ryan Report Coping strategies Challenges Institutional life 


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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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