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November 16, 2022 32 mins
In 20th century Ireland, the Catholic Church exerted huge control over almost every aspect of people’s lives. Becoming pregnant outside marriage was viewed as one of the most shameful things a person could do. Women and girls who found themselves in this situation were hidden away. Many of their children were, in turn, sent to industrial schools. But how did this system of incarceration come to exist? And why was it allowed to flourish for so long?

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