What lies buried in Dublin’s city centre (#Stand4Truth)

The last Magdalene laundry to close in Ireland stands unchanged in Sean Mac Dermott Street just outside Dublin city centre. 

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The Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity in Sean Mac Dermott Street, photographed on 24th August 2018

40 women, the oldest of whom was 79, were working in the laundry when it closed in 1996. Some had mental disorders, others had ‘behavioral problems’; others had been incarcerated there when pregnant.

In 2018, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity will not release the Convent’s records, which means that nobody knows who (if anyone) is buried on the site. 

When a similar laundry in Drumcondra was excavated in the 1990s

155 women were found

in a mass grave

but there were death certificates

for only 75 of them.

The forbidding back wall of the laundry

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Dublin, 26th August 2018

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