St Anne's Reformatory, Kilmacud, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

St Anne's Reformatory for Girls was opened in 1944 at Kilmacud Road Upper, Kilmacud, Co. Dublin. It was established to accommodate girls who were considered a risk to other children because of their sexual experiences. If, as had typically been the case, such girls were placed in an Industrial School it had come to be believed that they exercised a corrupting influence over the other children'. These included girls as young as eight who had been raped or abused, or even those children who had just been in contact with such girls. St Anne's was run by Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge.

Former St Anne's Reformatory, Kilmacud. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1954, following the discovery of sexual abuse offences by a long-standing employee at the St Joseph's Girls' Reformatory in Limerick, nine of the girls involved were transferred to St Anne's.

The former St Anne's premises are now in private use.

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