Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Magdalene Laundries: Voices from the laundries

“I was about 14 years old. You would get up very early, the van men brought it in. You’d check the customer of the dirty laundry, mark it and put it in baskets... We had to leave the room when the van men came. It was repetition all the time.”

“I thought I’d be there for life and die in there. I was frightened.”

“I was a young virgin, I don’t know why I was put there.”

“Two ladies were standing there [on admission], not nuns but dressed in navy. I was left with those two [then ordered to remove clothing and stand on a stool before being] punched by one of them, one side to another.”

“You couldn’t speak and needed permission for the toilet... The recreation time you were making beads and aran sweaters.”


Irish Times