Educational Archive

The below resources are intended to support students in carrying out their own research, in addition to the material provided in our Guidebook for teachers and accompanying teaching resources.


Justice for Magdalenes Research, Educational Resources:  
Waterford Memories Project (Waterford Institute of Technology)
TrueTube, The Magdalenes
‘Breaking the Rule of Silence’ by Evelyn Glynn  
Justice for Magdalenes Research, Oral History Project  
Atlas of Lost Rooms  
The Clann Project
Cope Galway Booklet, ‘The Magdalene Women of Galway’

Survivor testimonies

The Mary Harney shares her personal story on a day where the fate of records of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was debated on the Dáil floor.
The ‘I’m still angry’: Survivors to discuss how Magdalene Laundries should be remembered
The ‘The door to her cell was bolted’: Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN
The Irish TimesThe life-long prisoners of State-funded, church-run institutions
The Irish TimesWoman takes challenge over parts of mother and baby homes report
The Irish TimesDeleted testimony from mother and baby home survivors can be recovered
The Irish TimesPETER PALLAS, Sion Hill Court, Drumcondra. Testimony from survivor
The Irish TimesMARY GAFFNEY’s story Irish Times
The Irish TimesMary Merritt’s Story Irish times  
The Irish TimesAbuse commission told nun ‘vilified’
The Irish ExaminerChristina Noble speaks publically about son being taken from her in mother and baby home
The Irish ExaminerMary O’Shea was born in Bessborough in 1935  
BBC NewsTwo survivors of Ireland’s Magdalene laundries have spoken of their experiences.
BBC NewsMagdalene Laundries victim Mary Cavner to get compensation
Independent.ieMagdalene survivor tells of beatings and rape March 12 2018  
Independent.ieMagdalene survivor tells of beatings and rape
RTE.ieDeletion of witness recordings at Mother and Baby Homes Commission defended (proof deletion violation)
RTE.ieThe survivors of Northern Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes
RTE.ieSurvivor says report raises more questions on homes
RTE.iePhilomena Lee has said the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has brought back “so many memories”.
RTE.ieI wasn’t even 15. I hadn’t even kissed a boy’ – A Magdalene survivor’s story
The New York TImesThese Women Survived Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. They’re Ready to Talk.

Mother and Baby Homes-related news coverage

Irish ExaminerCalls for probes into Galway mother and baby home
Irish ExaminerTerms of mother-and-baby homes inquiry to be revealed today
Irish ExaminerDáil begins mother-and-baby homes inquiry process
Irish ExaminerResearch suggests five women buried at Tuam Mother and Baby home
Irish ExaminerCommission of Inquiry ‘excludes 30,000 mothers and children’, say campaigners
Irish ExaminerActing Taoiseach urged to apologise to Mother and Baby home survivors
Irish ExaminerSurvivors release list of deaths at Castlepollard Mother and Baby home
Irish ExaminerElderly Mother and Baby home survivors demand immediate apology and redress
Irish ExaminerGovt rejects immediate redress for children from mother and baby homes
Irish ExaminerCoalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors demands meeting with Taoiseach
Irish ExaminerCoalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors: Up to 7000 babies buried across the country
Irish ExaminerRights campaigner quits ‘cynical’ mother and baby homes forum
Irish ExaminerTusla silence on evidence of child graves
Irish ExaminerOrder puts second mother and baby home up for sale
Irish ExaminerMother and Baby Homes: We must endeavour to learn and atone, says Varadkar
Irish ExaminerCommission should not ‘hide away’ findings of report into Mother and Baby Homes, says Catherine Corless
Irish ExaminerNo surveys planned at former Mother and Baby Home in Cork
Irish ExaminerCork County Mayor ‘deeply sorry’ for Bessborough victims
Irish ExaminerGroup wants inquests for every child at Tuam
Irish ExaminerEuropean Commission to investigate mother and baby homes
Irish ExaminerMother and Baby Homes: The numbers which underscore society’s failure
Irish ExaminerRemembering the names of children who died in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home
Irish ExaminerPeople are finally waking up’: Noelle Brown on the Abbey Theatre’s mother and baby homes project  
Irish Examiner TwitterIn memory of the children who died in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home.
BBC NewsIrish mother and baby homes: Timeline of controversy
RTE.ieThe hurt around mother-and-baby home legislation (law aspect)
RTE.iePublic outcry led to mother-and-baby homes investigation
RTE.ieCouncils issue apologies over mother-and-baby homes
RTE.ieMedical research on children at mother-and-baby homes
RTE.ieUnanswered questions for mother-and-baby home survivors
RTE.ieUN asked to intervene on mother-and-baby homes  
RTE.ieTaoiseach to give State apology to mother and baby home survivors
The Irish TimesDeleted testimony from mother and baby home survivors can be recovered
The Irish TimesOral hearing before decision on housing on grounds of former Mother and Baby Home
The Irish TimesMother and baby homes: Call for UN to establish ‘wider independent investigation’ (legal aspect)

Magdalene Laundries-related news coverage

History.comHow Ireland Turned ‘Fallen Women’ Into Slaves.
Justice for
Magdalenes Research
About the Magdalene Laundries.
The Journal.ieUN criticises government for failure to prosecute abuse perpetrators in Magdalene Laundries.
The Journal.ieMagdalene Laundries: ‘Memorial needed for women detained under heartless, vicious regime’.
The Journal.ieJust one maximum compensation pay-out in Magdalene scheme since expansion.

Industrial Schools-related news coverage

Caranua.ieTimeline of Industrial Schools
The Irish Examiner Fionna Fox: Sealing records only prolongs our shame
The Irish ExaminerStolen childhoods and blighted lives – child abuse in industrial schools
RTE.ieChildren in industrial schools ‘poor and badly nourished’
RTE.ieWaiting list for industrial schools.
RTE.ieLand Without God – examining the legacy of Institutional abuse
RTE.ieApology for Institutional Child Abuse – video
RTE.ieThe Whistle-blower, article Mary Raftery documentary series
The Connacht Tribute Transfer of ownership of Lenaboy Castle to Council still up in the air
The Journal.ieCatherine Corless is calling for a full investigation into a former Sisters of Mercy orphanage in Galway
Advertiser.ieChild sex abuse was chronic in Galway institution, report reveals
The Irish TimesOrigins of industrial schools
The Irish TimesRecord of industrial schools
The Irish TimesInquiry into industrial schools to resume
The Irish TimesWe must never forget terror of industrial schools Irish Times Aug 6 2013
The Irish TimesHow statistics tell the story of children in industrial schools
The Irish TimesFintan O’Toole: We are a nation of historical vandals on national archiving
The Irish TimesWhy the State had such a big problem with unmarried mothers 19 Jan 2021
The Irish TimesCall for grounds of former orphanage in Galway to be investigated
Catherine ConnollyFinally, and after a very long campaign, the former Industrial School in Taylor’s Hill, Galway and known as Lenaboy is to be handed over to the people of Galway

Adoption-related news coverage

The Irish Times ‘The social worker said: Were two seconds of pleasure worth it for all this?’ Women who housed single pregnant girls in the 1970s and 1980s share their experiences  
The Irish Times Department officials refused to share illegal adoption files with Ministers, Dáil told  
The Irish Times Mother and baby home adoptions may have been legal but that does not make them right  
The Irish Times Up to 20,000 adoption files could relate to irregular birth registrations– report  
The Irish Times Diarmaid Ferriter: Illegally adopted being left without identity  
The Irish Times ‘I don’t even know when I was born’: Scale of illegal adoption is hard to take in
The Irish Times Sheila Shelton was adopted by a couple in the US from a Tipperary mother and baby home Irish Times  
The Irish Times Illegal adoptions: Government’s next step fraught with difficulty  
The Irish Times Adopted people suing St Patrick’s Guild claim ‘kidnapping’, ‘forgery’  
The GlossA History of Shame: The Truth Behind Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes Revealed  
RTE.ieLittle evidence children forcibly taken from mothers, commission finds RTE  
IndependantBirths not registered and forged adoption signatures at mother and baby homes. Survivor tells of being adopted illegally in 1967
The Journal.ieFionn Davenport adoption from mother and baby home  

Podcasts and Videos

RTE.ieThe Runners – Documentary on RTE Radio 1
RTE.iePoetry Programme preview – poems about the Mother and Baby Homes
MixcloudSiobhan speaks with Catherine Corless on Award and Lenaboy Castle infant fatalities  
Abbey Theathre.ieThe national theatre of Ireland’s response to the report on Mother and Baby Institutions
TwitterThe work of Catherine Corless brought to light 796 children’s death certs relating to the home in Tuam. Here are all of their names #CBLive
YouTubeMagdalene Laundries: Our World, BBC News Channel 27-09-14 (survivor testimony)
YouTube“The nightmares will always be there”: These Magdalene survivors tell their personal stories
YouTubeThe Forgotten Maggies Official Documentary (52 min) Magdalene Laundries
YouTubeClaire Byrne Live – Tuam Mother-And-Baby Home (6/3/17)
YouTubeNoelle Brown, Bessborough Mother and Baby Home Survivor
YouTubeIrish Mother & Baby Home survivors tell their story.
YouTube9,000 babies died in Ireland’s mother and baby homes
YouTubeDublin Honours Magdalene’s

Poetry inspired by Irelands historic abuses

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper – The Slave Mother
YouTubeBreeda Murphy – You Took Away my Name

Breeda Murphy · You Took Away My Name

You took away my name You took away my identity In a landscape full of shame There’s no place left for dignity To scrub away the sins You call me penitent A …

YouTubeConnie Roberts – Sunday’s Well: Reimagining of the Irish Ballad Weile Weile Weile

Sunday’s Well: A Reimagining of the Irish Ballad Weile Weile Waile

Sunday’s Well: St. Finbarr’s Industrial School, in Sunday’s Well, Cork, Ireland. There was also a Magdalen Laundry attached.* Bessborough: Mother & Baby…