The last Magdalene laundry to close in Ireland stands unchanged in Sean Mac Dermott Street just outside Dublin city centre.
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.
Dublin, 26th August 2018