In June 1964, a twelve-year old child was summonsed to appear at Dublin’s Children’s Court. The offence for which he was charged related to an amateurish break-in. In terms of gravity the misbehaviour was hardly more than a prank. Mickey was sentenced to serve Three years hard labour in what was then known as an industrial school.
Letterfrack Industrial School to which he was sent is situated in Connemara, one of Ireland’s most isolated regions.During his sentence Mickey, and the hundreds of other children who passed through this den of depravity, were methodically physically and mentally tortured and abused. The Irish State was instrumental in providing this depraved band of brothers with a steady supply of victims.The Christian Brothers methodically administered random life threatening beatings merely on a whim; the more injurious were witnessed by fellow brothers and many witnessed by other terrified children.
Sexual depravity was also the lot of those unfortunate enough to have been sentenced there.