In 1999 Christine Buckley and Carmel McDonnell-Byrne, two survivors of Irish residential industrial schools, founded the Aislinn Education and Support Centre to help to support their fellow survivors to move on in their lives.
Following Christine’s death in 2014, it was decided to honour her hard work for survivors by changing the Aislinn name to that of "Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support" Charity limited by guarantee (CLG).
From their own experience the two women recognised that telling their stories and their educational experiences had been the key to they themselves coping with the trauma from which they had continued to suffer. So they wanted other survivors who contacted them to also benefit from their experience.
The two women secured the support of the Government to provide a centre based on a self-help concept where survivors could benefit from a safe and secure place where they could feel they were among people who had similar experiences and who would not judge them differently.
They devoted much of their voluntary time to the centre, supporting those who had been through similar experiences to their own and they campaigned tirelessly on behalf of survivors of abuse. Both Christine and Carmel had both spent a number of years, although not contemporaneously, in St.Vincent’s Industrial School, Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin. Other members of their families also spent time in industrial schools.