Fear of the Collar

Fear of the Collar

My Terrifying Childhood in Artane

The inside story of eight long years spent in Artane Industrial School under the oppressive rule of the Christian Bothers.

Paperback: €11.99
Paperback: 288 pages
Size:196x130 mm
ISBN: 9780862787271

Category: Biography/Memoir

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Life in Artane Industrial School was an education in cruelty and fear. Run by the Christian Brothers, the school has become synonymous with the widespread abuse of children in Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s and is currently under police investigation.

Patrick Touher's story bears testament to the courage and determination of the children who were forgotten by society. Sent there at age eight, Patrick Touher spent eight long years in Artane Industrial School under the oppressive rule of the Christian Bothers.

Patrick Touher reveals shocking new material about physical and sexual abuse by the fearsome and brutal Christian Brothers who controlled the school and the boys who lived there.

The story which couldn't be told - until now.

Patrick Touher trained as a Baker Confectioner whilst in Artane Industrial School and worked as such upon leaving the school at age sixteen. Patrick travelled extensively from the sixties through to the early seventies. In 1972 he married his wife Pauline and they had three children together.

'Gripping in its honest and no-holds-barred account of one boy's sometimes tortuous trek through the grey underworld of Dublin's industrial school life during the 1950s ... Disturbingly, the grainy photographs are reminiscent of Russia at the turn of the century rather than an Ireland of only half a century ago.'

Northside People

'A story ... which must be neither hidden nor forgotten.'

Leinster Leader Leinster Leader

'It is a book of survival, of hardship, but also of friendships and solidarity despite the oppressive regime all the Artane Boys suffered in a society not willing or able to see its own faults.'

Fingal Independent

'he’s written powerful books on the whole ordeal, Fear of the Collar among them ... he’s written powerful books on the whole ordeal, Fear of the Collar among them.'

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