Little Drifters: Kathleen’s Story

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HarperCollins #ad - The harrowing true story of a travelling Irish family bonded by love, broken apart by life, and then betrayed by their carers in a cruel convent in Ireland. For those who we lost along the way, I tell this story. It is the story of 11 siblings, abandoned by their mother and torn from their father, incarcerated in convents and then driven apart in the cruellest ways imaginable; it is the story of their ruined childhoods and their fight for recompense.

. But more than that, it is a story of courage, survival and the incredible strength of sibling bonds against overwhelming adversities. Out of terrible darkness comes a remarkable story. For all those i consider my brothers and sisters; the ones who died, the ones who lost their minds, the ones who drown their memories everyday in a bottle of whisky, I tell this for you.

Little Drifters: Kathleen's Story #ad - Because in the end we are all brothers and sisters – and if we don’t feel that bond of love between each other, just as human beings, then we are nothing. For all the children who suffered in this terrible place. In the tradition of irish storytelling, Kathleen offers a mesmerising account of her family’s experience.

We are no better than the monsters that ran the convents. Based in ireland in the 1960s and 70s, Kathleen’s story is a story of extreme hardship, suffering and abuse.

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The Magdalen Laundries: a novel inspired by true events

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#ad - Young and pretty, Maren grows up on her family farm, loved and cherished. It doesn’t take place in the future, and other English-speaking countries, including America, instead the sad pitiful events took place in Ireland, for over 100 years. There is hope in Christ, not despair. Author odgaard’s story is set in 1961 at a convent near Dublin.

Recent reviews: if you began reading this book without seeing the cover or knowing what it was about, you would guess that you were reading a future dystopian fantasy about a horrific, oppressive torture prison. Maren and her best friend at the laundry are described with love and compassion by Author Odgaard.

While not sugar-coating or endorsing the practices at the laundry, the author also extends this same understanding to the Catholic Church. She felt a joy in her heart and knew that her journey to find peace had ended here, In Glasvenin cemetery. Jena C. Maren begins to awaken to feelings of love, when a hired farm hand catches her eye.

The Magdalen Laundries: a novel inspired by true events #ad - Her innocent feelings lead her parish priest to commit her, without her family’s knowledge, to what were called the Magdalen Laundries. In the afterward of the book, the Author presents more information about the Laundries and encourages readers to research more on the internet. These laundries were ostensibly places for “fallen” girls and women to redeem themselves.

However, you are not reading fantasy, you are reading a novel based on a true story.

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Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent Upbringing

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Orion #ad - The heartbreaking yet inspiring account of a young girl who suffered at the hands of nuns in the Nazareth House Convent in Northern Ireland. Frances reilly and her sisters were abandoned by their mother outside Nazareth House Convent - a Belfast orphanage run by nuns. Suffer the little children is a gripping and moving story of one child's spirit of survival.

Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent Upbringing #ad - But the hope of rescue or escape never left her. Years later, frances would face her demons in court, bringing to account those who so viciously stole her youth. Little did they know the unimaginable cruelty they'd endure within its walls. Frances suffered horrifically at the hands of the Sisters: brutally beaten, abused and molested, worked like a slave, the convent regime stripped her of everything - education, innocence and childhood.

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Sins of the Mother: A Heartbreaking True Story of a Woman's Struggle to Escape Her past and the Price Her Family Paid

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Pan #ad - They wanted their daughter jennifer to have a better life, but in trying to protect her by hiding their past they only succeeded in pushing her away. But home life was still better than the time she spent in one of Dublin's industrial orphanages. Until, one day, irene had a phone call from Ireland that changed everything.

Sins of the Mother: A Heartbreaking True Story of a Woman's Struggle to Escape Her past and the Price Her Family Paid #ad - When she fell in love with Matt, who was fighting his own demons, they moved to England for a new start. In that harsh regime she was beaten and sexually assaulted. Set to work in the nursery, she saw the nuns treat the babies with horrifying cruelty. As an adult those experiences haunted Irene. An epic and stirring story which shows that it is possible to overcome the worst start in life.

Sunday Mirror. Sins of the mother is a powerful and inspiring story of a family whose love was tested but never broken, who finally found the strength to heal the past. Irene kelly was brought up in poverty and abused by her mammy from an early age.

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Childhood Interrupted: Growing up in an industrial school

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Virago #ad - Fleeing her past again, kate worked as a governess in Paris and then returned to England where she trained as a beautician at Elizabeth Arden. The rape of eight-year-old kathleen by a neighbour had triggered their removal - the Irish authorities ruling that her mother must have been negligent. In 1950, kathleen o'malley and her two sisters were legally abducted from their mother and placed in an industrial school ran by the Sisters of Mercy order of nuns, who also ran the notorious Magdalene Homes.

She married and had a son. A turning point in kate's life came when she applied to become a magistrate and realised that she had to confront her hidden personal history and make it public. They were only allowed a strictly supervised visit once a year, until they were permitted to leave the harsh and cruel regime of the institution at the age of sixteen.

Childhood Interrupted: Growing up in an industrial school #ad - But kate survived her traumatic childhood and escaped her past by leaving for England and then Australia when the British government offered a scheme to encourage settlement there. This is her inspiring story.

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The Baby Snatchers: A young mother's desperate fight to escape the Sacred Heart nuns and keep her baby

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Blink Publishing #ad - Babies were ripped out of their mother's hands, but Mary refused to let that happen to her. She dreamed of a happy life with her child, but that was shattered when she was sent away to Castlepollard - a home for mothers and their unborn babies. Stripped of their clothes and forced into gruelling work whilst pregnant, those who survived childbirth were made to force-feed their children for adoption into wealthy families.

The sunday times bestseller*'you're all fallen women. She managed to escape only to later lose her beautiful daughter to social services and the meddling nuns. You are nothing. Mary creighton was just 15 when she found herself pregnant out of wedlock, in 1960s Ireland. Who always managed to catch up with her.

The Baby Snatchers: A young mother's desperate fight to escape the Sacred Heart nuns and keep her baby #ad - . You've sowed the seed of Satan. After spending time in an infamous magdalene Laundry, Mary sought to find her lost children, and having another two children snatched away, and demand answers for the atrocities committed supposedly in God's name. This is a haunting account of a mother's worst nightmare, as Mary continues to fight for justice for the mothers who suffered there and the babies of Castlepollard: hundreds of which died and are still buried in the grounds today.

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The Light In The Window

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Ebury Digital #ad - June's memoir tells the story of twelve women's experiences in this home and of the hardships they endured, but also the kindness she offered them, and the hope she was able to bring. A place where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads whilst heavily pregnant. I promised that i would one day write a book and tell the world about the home for unmarried mothers.

It was a place of secrets, lies and cruelty. Where they were denied any contact with the outside world; denied basic medical treatment and abused for their 'sins'; where, after the birth, they were forced into hard labour in the convent for three years. What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years.

The Light In The Window #ad - I have at last kept my promise. In ireland, 1951, the young june goulding took up a position as midwife in a home for unmarried mothers run by the Sacred Heart nuns. But worst of all was that the young women were expected to raise their babies during these three years so that they could then be sold - given up for adoption in exchange for a donation to the nuns.

Shocked by the nuns' inhumane treatment of the frightened young women, June risked her job to bring some light into their dark lives.

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My Name is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home

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Gill Books #ad - In 1946, twenty-six-year-old bridget Dolan walked up the path to the front door of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Her second child was once again delivered into the care of the nuns and was taken from her, never to be seen or heard from again. She would go on to marry a wonderful man and have a daughter, Anna Corrigan, but it was only after Bridget’s death that Anna discovered she had two brothers her mother had never spoken about.

Shunned by society for her sins and offered no comfort for her pain, John, Bridget gave birth to a boy, who died at the home in a horrendous state of neglect less than two years later. In the aftermath of the explosive revelations that the remains of 796 babies had been found in a septic tank on the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, she became compelled to try and find out if her baby brothers’ remains were among them.

My Name is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home #ad - Here, anna and alison o’reilly piece together the erased chapter of the life of Bridget Dolan and her forgotten sons, reminding us that we must never forget what was done to the women and children of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Alone and pregnant, she was following in the footsteps of more than a century’s worth of lost souls.

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The Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland

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#ad - Lily's family began the path to her destruction - they used her and abused her - but they never ever wanted or loved her. Her emotional pain is as strong today as it was the day it began and will never leave her alone. She also suffered at the hands of other people around them who they called their friends.

The girl nobody wants' is a tragic & moving book to read! but a warning! the content is very graphic & shocking, and there is official documentation to support this true story, thank you. It's my 40th birthday today and i'm trying to smile, but as I look in the mirror all I can see is an empty shell, someone waiting to die.

The Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland #ad - . When i go to sleep it's in my head and when I wake up I can see it in the mirror and I am only waiting to die. A child abuse story that will stay with you forever and one that you will talk about for many years to come,  The Girl Nobody Wants is a harrowing true story that will appeal to fans of biographies.

The little girl was also sexually physically and emotionally abused by many people around her who were able to hide behind the security of Ireland's Catholic Church-run institutions. From the age of four, her life changed forever and when she walked through the institution's doors in Ireland, when she was first sexually abused, her life continued along the same path that has destroyed her soul.

. You only get one chance to live your life as a child, but Lilly was never given that chance - her childhood was taken from her before it ever begun.

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The Magdalen Girls

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Kensington Books #ad - Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest. Teagan soon befriends nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat.

Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations. Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.

The Magdalen Girls #ad - . Finally, nora and teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. The mother superior, sister anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love.

Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Dublin, 1962. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses.

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Brutal: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Little Girl's Stolen Innocence

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HarperElement #ad - While she was behind the doors of the mosque, the most sacred of places, the Imam brutally molested her on the slightest whim. As a young Muslim girl, Nabila was powerless. Brutal is the shocking, revelatory and heart-rending account of one girl’s plight in a society where honour and shame are a matter of life and death.

There was nowhere she could turn, no one she could talk to. But he made me do unspeakable things…At seven years old, Nabila Sharma began her lessons at the mosque as every good Muslim girl does. But he was a respected member of the community, trusted by everyone; if Nabila cried for help she would risk the honour of her family, an unthinkable act.

Brutal: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Little Girl's Stolen Innocence #ad - I should have been able to trust him. He was my religious teacher. But from the minute she looked up at her Imam, the man who held her spiritual future in his hands, she knew something was wrong. Over the next five years Nabila’s life became unbearable. It is a tale of innocence lost and a life shattered, but above all it is a tale of survival, of a young girl who found love and hope in the darkest of places.

Each day he would make her perform unspeakable acts, physically and mentally torturing her into compliance, to fulfil his perverse desires. Nothing would stop him; no plea would make him relent.

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