• High Park Convent Laundry, 2009
  • High Park Convent and Laundry, Dublin, Ireland
  • Good Shepherd Convent and Laundry, Cork, Ireland, Alwyn Jennings/AJ Photography
  • Interior, Good Shepherd Convent, Cork, Ireland, Alwyn Jennings/AJ Photography
  • Grave, Margaret Mullen, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
  • Gravesite, former Magdalenes, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
  • Graves, former Magdalenes, Donnybrook Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
  • Magdalene graves at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
  • Magdalenes, 19th Century
  • Magdalen Laundry Scene.  Note girl with shaved head (L).  Heads were often shaved upon entry to laundry or as punishment
  • Magdalenes at work
  • Description of Magdalene Workhouse, "Priests and People in Ireland," Michael J. F. McCarthy, 1903.
  • Magdalen Society Asylum, New York City, 1836
  • Scene from Magdalen Asylum, New York City, 1872.

Magdalenes of Ireland

Published February 08, 2013

The "Magdalene Laundries" were intended to be homes for troubled girls, but ended up as dumping grounds for unwed mothers, orphans, the mentally disabled, the homeless and the unwanted. More than 11,000 women passed through ten Magdalene institutions between 1922 and 1996. NOTE: Magdalene Societies in the United States operated asylums across the country in the 19th Century, patterned on the Irish model.

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