5 responses to “Clontarf strap”

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  2. of all the books that have been prinrted i find ithard to understand where such stories come from i do recall the stap heave atthe end that was to hit your hand .at no time did i ever recall a brother abusing anyone sexually i lived at casteldear and clontarf from 1952 to 1960.
    a number of us lads had a great time always in trouble and canned for it, it was all part of growing up one woud expect to be punished if cought as i did often but at the same time we had a lot of fun.
    my book NO TIME TO CRY is about the good times we had in the orphanage there was a lot of good times all year round..
    it was the child welfare who let us dowm.
    cheers AP Rryan no 134

  3. The Ireland Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (http://www.engaged-zen.org/PDFarchive/Commission_to_Inquire_into_Child_Abuse_Vol_I_Ch_6.pdf) mentioned in paragraph 6.213 the Christian Brothers rule laid down in their 1920 Chapter (6-yearly world-wide meeting)..

    6.213 The 1920 Chapter was even more specific. It set down guidelines for
    corporal punishment which included the advice that it should not be
    administered within one hour of starting or finishing school and that numbers of
    boys should not be punished at the same time. It stated that:
    the strap … shall not exceed 13 inches in length; 1¼ in width and ¼
    inch in thickness; in junior schools the strap is to be of smaller
    dimensions

  4. Christian Brother Barry Coldrey, in his book “A Most Unenviable Reputation” (1991) refers to the instructions given by the headquarters in Ireland (and at the time, of the world) of the Christian Brothers as to the dimensions of the straps to be used and as to where in Dublin they can be purchased. Bill Brennan’s experience with the strap is referred to in the VOICES’ (Victims of Organised Cruelty, Exploitation and Survivors) submission to the UK Health Committee.

  5. [...] Brennan, a former resident of Clontarf Boys’ Town, and maker of this leather strap, wrote about his experience of being cast a “child [...]


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