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Christian Brothers to receive copies?
Mar 30th, 2017 at 10:16am
 
Christian Brothers to receive copies? What was it all about?
Added on March 30, 2017

Glin Documents
Who has the right to decide where these documents should go?
What many local former residents, together with many who are now living abroad in Canada, the USA, the UK ,Middle and Far East have being asking us is "How could a former resident keep these documents for over 40 years himself without discussion or making the material available to other former residents and their families." Why should he decide their eventual disposal without consultation with other former residents? 
Niall Collins TD does not ask that question?  Yet he suggest that the documents are belonging to former residents and should not be given to the Christian Brothers "who may destroy them". In the past 40 years a great many former residents of Glin Industrial School have died without ever having seen a photograph of themselves when at school.  They or their families have been searching for photographs or any other material from the school that could help to throw some light as to their earlier schooling or achievements.  Many have looked to the Alliance Support Group for copies of photographs and we continue to send at no cost to them.  In 2013 we displayed all of the photographs we had at a Re-union in Raheen so that those attending could leave their names and telephone numbers so that we could send any photographs on to them.  We facilitated the sale of a book during the gathering but were not told of the existence of these documents which would have been of great interest then.  How can we ever forget the man going from table to table asking other former residents to view the photographs and try to identify him in any of them?  We all failed to pick him out.  I can still see his tearful face even now!
Why were these documents kept so secretly from other former residents?  Who will benefit from their now being in the University of Limerick?   Why did the UL not properly ascertain their origi
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