Founded on Fear

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Transworld Ireland, 2008 - Adult child abuse victims - 352 pages
"I warn society against the child who has been hurt" - PETER TYRRELL A tormented childhood in Letterfrack industrial school with the Christian Brothers left an enduring mark on Peter Tyrrell. Ignored by the authorities and distressed by his memories, he later burnt himself to death on Hampstead Heath in London. His story of horrific abuse is told with childlike simplicity, penned in a series of letters to Senator Owen Sheehy Skeffington. Bringing to life, with touching sincerity, a shocking reality where beatings of children as young as five were commonplace, this startling account may have gone unpublished if not for its chance discovery amongst Skeffington's papers. At last, PETER TYRRELL has been given a voice. Tyrrell never recovered from the abuse that he suffered, yet was determined that his story should be heard. His memoir makes for harrowing yet extraordinarily compelling reading. It is impossible not to be touched.

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About the author (2008)

Diarmuid Whelan discovered Peter Tyrrell's writings in 2003 while working in the archives of the National Library of Ireland and the results formed the basis of Tyrrell's subsequent memoir, Founded on Fear. He was a lecturer in International Politics in the Department of History, University College Cork, where he taught on terrorism, international relations and decolonization. He wrote The Coldest Eye a study of Conor Cruise O'Brien.

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