Here are some examples of books written about institutional abuse in Ireland, many of which were written by survivors.

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Suffer Little Children: The Inside Story of Ireland’s Industrial Schools
(1999) By Mary Raftery and Eoin O’Sullivan. New Island. Available to buy on Amazon.

The Boy from Glin Industrial School
(2013) By Tom Wall. Available to purchase online at

Survivor – A true story of survival
(2013) By RF Heeney. Available to buy on Amazon

And I Thought I Could Fly
(2010) By Tom Cronin. Troubador Publishing. Available to buy on Amazon.

Haunting Cries – Stories of Child Abuse from Industrial Schools
(2010) By Karen Coleman. Gill & MacMillan. Available to buy at Amazon.

Founded on Fear
(2006) By Peter Tyrrell and Diarmuid Whelan. Irish Academic Press. Available to buy on Amazon.

The God Squad
(1989) By Paddy Doyle. Corgi. Available on Amazon.

Fear of the Collar – My Terrifying Childhood in Artane
(2001) By Patrick Touher. O’Brien Press. Available to buy at

Freedom of Angels
(1999) By Bernadette Fahy. O’Brien Press. Available to buy at

Children of the Poor Clares
(1985) By Mavis Arnold and Heather Laskey. Appletree Press. Available to buy on Amazon.

The Raggy Boy Trilogy
(2001) By Patrick Galvin. New Island. Available to buy on Amazon.

Altar Boy: A Story of Life After Abuse
(2004) By Andrew Madden. Penguin Books. Available on Amazon.

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