Goldenbridge Twitter Conversation 28/29/09/13

  1. One experience Goldenbridge inmates never had to endure when they were sent 2 Magdalen Laundries was loss of identity. They’d none to begin.

  2. Two things Goldenbridge inmates didn’t have to worry about when sent to ML – was loss of hair & food. They never experienced much of either.

  3. @anbealach It’s such a pity the Sisters of Mercy couldn’t concentrate on their ethos, and teach the most vulnerable of all in Goldenbridge.

  4. I don’t think a lot of survivors ever grew out of that ‘strangeness’ that people saw in us as children. People run away from some survivors.

  5. @anbealach Nope. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t draw people 2 them. Too damaged. People didn’t want to embrace me as a child or even now

  6. When all the world is young, lad – by Charles Kingsley 

  7. @anbealach Just, as they did the bishops and priests. They were served the best of everything in the GB parlour. Children were nonentities.

  8. @anbealach I never got a hug from a single human being from the day I went to Goldenbridge at less than 5 till the day I left at 16. Not one

  9. @anbealach Children hollered out ‘O Mammy, O Daddy’ when they were being flogged by the head nun. Those words had no other connotation.

  10. @anbealach Dev. had a lot of dealings in Carysfort College. The Goldenbridge inmate capitation grants were sent to Mother House at Blackrock

  11. @anbealach Doubt it. I remember Christine Buckley who went to outside school saying they were always asking her to pull their ‘sausages’.

  12. @anbealach With all the hiding behind closed doors to protect us from snares of the devil. There we were being enticed by the devil himself.

  13. @anbealach We were clueless. We knew nothing. It never affected us when they exposed themselves, as we did not know that what was happening.

  14. @anbealach I remember crying because I felt so sad for one of them, whom I thought had displayed a swollen thumb. I pitied him so much.

  15. @anbealach Nope. Not to the nuns, to the industrial ‘school’ children. We had to pass by them in the cloister twice per day to go to chapel.

  16. @anbealach Judging from the very denigrating way children from there were treated in Goldenbridge, it all makes perfect sense. Untouchables!

  17. @anbealach …The men would ask the small children from the industrial ‘school’ if they would like to pull their ‘sausages’. We pitied them.

  18. @anbealach The nuns in the convent handed out food every day to the homeless. Some of the men sat under the cloister and exposed themselves.

  19. I always wondered about the families who lived opposite Goldenbridge. From photos and forums I discovered they were happy, although poor.

  20. I saw an old photo of a bishop / priest in all his regalia parading through the slums of Keogh Sq. He overlorded the poorest of the poor.

  21. @anbealach Children in Keogh Sq. had something that ‘orphanage’ children never had, and that was the freedom to roam in wide open spaces.

  22. @anbealach I was looking at old photos of poverty stricken families from Keogh Sq. They may have been very poor, but they had their parents.

  23. @anbealach If children came from Keogh Square, they were desperately taunted by the staff at Goldenbridge. They were called “commoners”.

  24. @anbealach I still have visions of snotty-nosed inmates rocking their heads against the hard wall, whilst at same time sucking their thumbs.

  25. @anbealach Children in main school were warned not to glance at the ‘orphans’ if the latter chanced to pass by. Despite some being cousins.

  26. @anbealach I remember all the poetry & Irish songs that were taught us by the young postulants to this day. We were otherwise starved of ed.

  27. @anbealach ‘Orphanage’ was simply a euphemism. It was an industrial ‘school’. Children who had no visitors were referred to as ‘orphans’.

  28. @anbealach The young postulants that came to teach us were absolutely brilliant. The children just could not get enough of their teaching.

  29. However, in saying that children were used as educational fodder for the postulants. They were simply terrific. We learned so much from them

  30. I remember periodically young Sisters of Mercy postulants coming to Goldenbridge to practice teaching methods on us. We were used as fodder.

  31. @anbealach Did you practice teaching in the ‘outside’ school (within Goldenbridge grounds) or at internal closed-off industrial ‘school’?

  32. When I told the nun that my mother had six brothers. She said – which one was the father? She meant Reverend Father. She knew family history

  33. When I left that hellhole called Goldenbridge I only ever once returned after discovering my identity. I turned my back on that prison camp.

  34. Whatever possessed the pregnant girl to go back to Goldenbrdge to look for support. Sure, wasn’t her very ‘condition’ the epitome of hatred.

  35. A Goldenbridge girl who got pregnant after she left at 16 went back to visit. She was hauled before a classroom, and used as a ‘bad’ example

  36. It was drummed into Goldenbridge child inmates that if they ever went across the water to that heathen country, they would lose their faith.

  37. I never forgave myself for landing up in a Protestant church, instead of an RC one, until it was confessed the following week at confession.

  38. I remember as a teenager going up to Belfast for the weekend. I panicked something terrible after discovering I’d entered Protestant church.

  39. …I know property originally belonged to RC Catholics, & was taken from them over hundreds of years. I’m not looking at it from that angle.

  40. The same was applicable with St. Joseph’s Holiday Home, Rathdrum – where children were not allowed to enter Protestant church next door….

  41. …It was okay for religious to buy up Protestant property, while at the same time putting the fear of God into their hearts if they mixed.

  42. Donnybrook Magdalen Laundry property was originally owned by a Church of Ireland family by the name of Waters. RC religious so hypocritical.

  43. It’s rather ironic the fear that the RC church put us in when it came to Protestants. Yet, had no qualms when it came to purchasing property

  44. @OpheliaBenson Thanks for that interesting info. I did a search. See: RT “Census 1911: Donnybrook Magdalen laundry .”

  45. If they weren’t Laundresses, they were seamstresses, and servants. Never religious nuns. Too lowly for such a holy title. God loves sinners?

  46. Nuns often changed a woman’s name and cut her hair off on first day of incarceration in laundries #magdaleneproject

     Retweeted by Marie-T. O’Loughlin



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