Author Discussion - The House Children

Author Discussion - The House Children


The Irish American Heritage Museum will host Author Discussion - The House Children by Heidi Daniele on September 25 at 7:00 PM.

The House Children is based on the true stories of five women who grew up in the same institution - Saint Joseph's Industrial School in Ballinasloe, Galway. The women wanted to remain anonymous, so author Heidi Daniele wrote the story as a novel. In addition to the interviews, she obtained documents including birth certificates, court orders of detention, education and heath records, photographs, newspaper articles, and she met with the Sisters of Mercy, visited Ballinasloe, and assisted the women in filing for restitution through the Redress Board. In this presentation, she will take us through the documents she discovered and tell the story of these real lives, forever changed by conservative Ireland.

Her book tells the story of Mary Margaret Joyce, born in 1937 in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. At age five she is sentenced to an industrial school with one hundred other unwanted girls, where she is given the name Peg and assigned the number 27. Peg quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the watchful eye of Sister Constance. Her only respite is an annual summer holiday with the Hanleys, a kindly host family from Galway that has taken an interest in Peg. Based on actual events, The House Children is a compelling story of familial love, shameful secrets, and life inside Ireland's infamous industrial schools. We have copies of the book for sale.

370 Broadway | 518.427.1916

September 25 | 7:00 PM