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Oral history interview with survivor Mary Currington from the research project Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History. This interview is from the larger collection Magdalene Oral History collection that is archived at the Irish Qualitative Data Archive (see Related Materials). This anonymised transcript is freely available to the public. Please see rights statement.
During the interview the following are discussed: Good Shepherd Magdalene Laundry, Sundays Well; St Aidan’s Industrial School, New Ross; industrial school regime; County Homes; sexual abuse; physical abuse; sewing and needlework; Viyella; sales of Magdalene Laundry needlework; separation of siblings; institutionalisation; rebelliousness; escape attempts; Gardaí returning women and girls to laundries; transfer of religious sisters for questioning laundry/industrial school regime; public interaction with Magdalene women and girls; illegitimacy; post-natal experiences of unmarried women and girls; adoption; surveillance after leaving Magdalene Laundry; emigration; Residential Institutions Redress Board; long-term impact of sexual abuse; family reunion experiences; rejection; loss of identity; religious order as family; survivor reunions; shame; Magdalene Laundry finances; survivor groups; difficulties with solicitors.