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FLOGGED FOR 8YRS; Author reveals his life of torture at hands of evil Christian Brothers.

Byline: CAOIMHE YOUNG

A BEST-selling author yesterday revealed the terrible torture he suffered at the hands of the Christian Brothers.

In an explosive new book Patrick Touher tells how as a child he was flogged EVERY day for eight years at a notorious school outside Dublin.

And for the first time Patrick, 60, reveals the terrible sexual abuse meted out to him and other youngsters at Artane Industrial School.

He said last night: "I was attacked, raped and beaten by the Brothers for years.

"But no publisher would print the real story of what happened - until now."

Author Patrick has written two best-selling books telling of other youngsters' ordeals.

Now he opens his heart to tell how he was attacked, raped and beaten in his new no-holds-barred book Fear Of The Collar.

Patrick said yesterday that his memoir, out next month, will shock young and old.

"Lawyers cut most of it out and I couldn't do anything about it.

"But now Ireland has changed - for the better.

"My dear late wife Pauline pleaded with me to ensure that the truth be told and this is my tribute to her."

Fear Of The Collar: My Terrifying Childhood in Artane details a litany of horror inflicted on young boys.

The Artane Boys Band was a familiar sight on the field at GAA HQ Croke Park for All-Ireland finals.

The school closed in 1969 but Patrick is still haunted by bad memories.

He said: "The Christian Brothers ruled by fear.

"My late wife often told me how I used to scream and shake at night with the nightmares. You could never really go through a day in Artane without being flogged.

"The pain of the leather straps whipping across the soles of our naked feet was unbearable.

"I saw boys being sexually abused in the classrooms, in the cinema, in the showers and in the dorms. I want justice for me and the other victims of the Christian Brothers."

Since the first edition of Fear Of The Collar was published in 1991 Patrick has received hundreds of letters from all over the world.

He said: "People just want to talk about the horror we went through back then.

"It wasn't just in Artane, it was in state-run schools all over the country.

"But this book leaves nothing untold. It is the undisclosed story of the horrific regime in Artane."

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SURVIVORS Patrick Touher with school pal Stephen Caulfield. Left, book
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Date:Aug 30, 2001
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