Republic of Shame

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by Caelainn Hogan

‘Achingly powerful … There will be many people who don’t want to read Republic of Shame, for fear it will be too much, too dark, too heavy. Please don’t be afraid. Read it. Look it in the eye’ Irish Times

‘A must read for everyone’ Lynn Ruane

 

Republic of Shame: How Ireland Punished ‘Fallen Women’ and Their Children

Until alarmingly recently, the Catholic Church, acting in concert with the Irish state, operated a network of institutions for the concealment, punishment and exploitation of ‘fallen women’. In the Magdalene laundries, girls and women were incarcerated and condemned to servitude. In the mother-and-baby homes, women who had become pregnant out of wedlock were hidden from view. Most of these babies were adopted – sometimes illegally.

Mortality rates in these institutions were shockingly high, and the discovery of a mass infant grave at the mother-and-baby home in Tuam made news all over the world. The Irish state has commissioned investigations. But the workings of the institutions and of the culture that underpinned it – a shame-industrial complex – have long been cloaked in secrecy and silence. For countless people, a search for answers continues.

Caelainn Hogan – a brilliant young journalist, born in an Ireland that was only just starting to free itself from the worst excesses of Catholic morality – has been talking to the survivors of the institutions, to members of the religious orders that ran them, and to priests and bishops. She has visited the sites of the institutions, and studied Church and state documents that have much to reveal about how they operated. Reporting and writing with great curiosity, tenacity and insight, she has produced a startling and often moving account of how an entire society colluded in this repressive system, and of the damage done to survivors and their families.

About the Author

Caelainn Hogan was born in Dublin in 1988. Her journalism has featured in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, VICE Magazine, The Guardian, The Irish Times and The Dublin Review. Republic of Shame is her first book.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 3.5 × 19.7 cm

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