My name is Michael Waters. I was born in Hanbury lane Dublin in the 1940's, I was incarcerated in Artane Industrial school at the age of ten by Justice McCarthy,  Dublin Castle for "mitching" school. My Artane number was 13640. I was Ultimately Disposed from Artane in the late 50's, because of the stigma of being from an Industrial school it was obvious there was no future for me in Ireland so I emigrated to England in order to make something of my life.

In 1965 whilst living in London I met up with an old school friend from Artane who was unfortunately by this time what you may call a down-&-out & addicted to alcohol & who did not live to see the end of that year. During his last months we spoke greatly about what happened in Artane & he asked me to make a promise to do my utmost to bring the true events of what happened (& as it eventually turned out were still happening at that time) to all the boys & girls in those god forsaken place's to the public's attention & to seek justice for all the terrible abuses that were occurring there.

This website has been set up by a Survivor for the the men & women who were incarcerated in Industrial Schools, Reformatories, Magdalene Laundries & all other Residential Institutes in Ireland, also this site is completely independent with no funding from outside agencies, the Irish Government or any Religious order or body & is totally funded by aSurvivor.This site has been set up as an on-line discussion forum for Survivors & their families to have their say in an open & uncensored setting, communicate with fellow Survivors & their families.