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Magdalene Laundries: By the will of God?

I did not know about Magdalene Laundries until a few minutes ago. Hat’s off to you, who knew all about it. Look, there is so much that went on in history that I don’t know about and will never know about. I do not require tips on what’s a good read on this historical matter.

I document as I go on, my life’s experiences and learning.  I’m not about to do your reading by summarising the whole thing here. As I dug deeper into this matter, I became overwhelmed by the amount of mind-boggling details that emerged. There are excerpts which I consider important.

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Those who wish to do their own reading can start at Wikipedia they report at the start:

The Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, also known as Magdalene asylums, were institutions usually run by Roman Catholic orders, which operated from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. They were run ostensibly to house “fallen women”, an estimated 30,000 of whom were confined in these institutions in Ireland. In 1993, unmarked graves of 155 women were uncovered in the convent grounds of one of the laundries. This led to media revelations about the operations of the secretive institutions. A formal state apology was issued in 2013, and a £50 million compensation scheme for survivors was set up by the Irish Government. The religious orders which operated the laundries have rejected activist demands that they financially contribute to this programme.


In 1975, two schoolboys – Franny Hopkins and Barry Sweeney – were playing in what is now that green area and prised open a concrete lid, uncovering a man-made chamber filled with human remains. ‘Filled to the brim’, as Catherine Corless put it, ‘with tiny bones and skulls’. Read here.


The full report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was only published in Jan 2021.  The report revealed some 9,000 children died in Ireland’s church-run homes for unwed mothers (NBC News Jan 2021).

And – probable international connections

In the four decades of the Home’s operation, the HSE estimated – in a secret 2012 internal memo which shows the State knew about the Tuam Babies at least two years before Alison O’Reilly’s story, that up to 1,000 children may have been trafficked from Tuam to the United States. (Read here)

And connections to BigPharma

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes – found that the vaccine and clinical trials were illegal and unethical even by the standards of the time. (Read here and related)

The investigation costed £21 million.

Annoying interruption

Stupid: How do you come across these things?

CW:  I occasionally pick up useful information in online forums.

Stupid: Do you spend your life searching forums and Google for stuff to read?

CW: No – I don’t spend my life on forums. You of all people should know what I read, cuz you’re in my head. Stop playing to some audience. Chyrsst!

Stupid: This is about you working in Ireland – isn’t it?

CW: My attention to this story has nothing to do with me working in some part of Ireland at this point in time.

Stupid: So.. s..s …

CW: No – back in the box. End off.


Right – I had a lie down again after the above interruption. To learn less, do not view the video below.

If you have dogs to bathe and feed, avoid the following 53 min documentary.


If the above was not by the will of God, then in means the Devil was allowed to cause suffering and death to loads of people over decades. A State apology and £50 million does not cut it for compensation – in my opinion.

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