Lisnevin Training School, Newtownards / Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

On 24 September 1973, the Lisnevin Training School (analgous to an Approved School elsewhere in the UK) was certified to operate in premises at Milecross, near Newtownards. Its opening came at a time of considerable pressure because of the number of adolescents who got caught up in social disorder in the Troubles. It admitted both Protestant and Roman Catholic boys and its facilities included a secure assessment unit and a long-term special unit for committed boys.

In Spetember 1981, because of ongoing pressure from the local community, Lisnevin was relocated to the premises of a former Borstal at Ballywalter Road, Millisle.


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