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Ireland: Institutional Abuse

A Resource Guide to support classes that include a study of Twentieth-Century Irish history.

Abuse of Minors: Abuse by Religious or in Schools.


Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (Murphy Report). Ireland: Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, 2009.
Also archived at Lenus and the Internet Archive:


Report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation. Ireland. Dept. of Justice and Equality. Dublin: The Commission, 2010
Archived on Lenus, the Irish Health Repository:


Abuse by Religious -- Books

Catholic Church Perspective

Catholic Church Perspective:

Conway, Eamonn, Eugene Duffy, Attracta Shelds. The church and child sexual abuse: Towards a pastoral responseDublin: Columba, 1999.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (BX 1912.9 .C48 1999 )

Irish Catholic Bishops' Advisory Committee on Child Sexual Abuse by Priests and Religious. Child sexual abuse: Framework for a church response. Dublin: Veritas, 1996.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (BX 1912.9 .C455 1996 )

Flannery, Tony. Responding to the Ryan Report. Dublin: Columba Press c2009. 
Hesburgh Library General Collection (BX 1912.9 .R47 2009 )

Littleton, John, and Eamon Maher. The Dublin/ Murphy Report: A Watershed for Irish Catholicism. Dublin: Columba, 2010.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (BX 1912.9 .D83 2010 )


Personal Histories


Personal Stories:

Madden, Andrew. Altar Boy: A Story of Life After Abuse. London: Penguin Ireland, 2003.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (RC 569.5 .C55 M34 2003 )

Clemenger, Michael. Holy Terrors: A Boy, Two Brothers, A Stolen Childhood. Dublin: O'Brien, 2009,
Hesburgh Library General Collection (RC 569.5 .A28 C475 2009)

Egan, Kevin. Remaining a Catholic after the Murphy Report. Dublin: Columba, 2011.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (BX 1912.9 .E38 2011 )

Rogers-Moloney, Marie Therese. For the Sins of My Mother. Newtownards: Colourpoint, 2014.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (HV 1150.3 .R64 2014 )

Boland, Brendan. Sworn to silence : a young boy, an abusive priest, a buried truth. Dublin: O'Brien Press, 2014.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (BX 1912.9 .B65 2014 )

Touher, Patrick. Fear of the collar : my terrifying childhood in Artane. Dublin: O'Brien, 2001.
Hesburgh Library General Collection (T 173 .D8 A788 2001 )