Castledare was established by the Christian Brothers in Queen's Park (later, Wilson) on the site of the former Castledare Special School. It began as a residential primary school for boys aged from around 6 to 12 years, including boys who were wards of the State and boys who were placed privately (by family or others), in premises previously used for the 'Castledare Special School'. Mostly, boys placed at Castledare were aged 8-10 years. Australian-born boys were sent to Castledare, as were child migrants (1947-1966). Castledare has had many name variations over the years, usually keeping 'Castledare' somewhere in the title. Castledare closed in 1983.

In Case Study Number 11, produced by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in December 2014, it was found that Castledare had become a house of horrors for the students who attended or were placed at the institution. It was in particular the playground for three serial paedophiles (Brothers) who also inflicted physical and emotional abuse on the children. The three Brothers were – Brothers Murray, Murphy and Dick. As one victim told the Royal Commission, while sexual abuse occurred in all parts of the institution, Castledare was described by him as a place where the Brothers used to come to the boys’ beds at night and sexually abuse them. In the end, the Royal Commission concluded that the Christian Brothers from 1947 to 1968 knew of allegations of sexual abuse against Brothers in Castledare, and that they failed to manage the institution so as to prevent the sexual abuse of children living there.

Artemis Legal has in the past represented and is still representing clients who were wards/detinees at this school.

We invite former wards/detinees to contact us to tell us confidentially what information they may have, and we will explain what options are available to help with these cases.

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