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Freedom of Angels: Surviving Goldenbridge Orphanage
The inside story of growing up in one of Ireland's most notorious orphanages, where children were made to pay for the 'sins' of their parents. Bernadette tells of the pain, fear, hunger, hard labour and isolation experienced in the orphanage.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 21st 1999 by O'Brien Press
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Reading this book made me angry. Children in Golden Bridge orphanage were horribly beaten for the slightest infraction, and the nuns forced them to spend many hours stringing rosary beads on wire, even though their hands were cut and bleeding and they were exhausted. As the author says, I can't help but wonder how many Irish Catholics used those rosary beads to pray never knowing that they were made by children forced into slave labor and guarded by sadistic nuns. I don't understand how anyone w ...more