Occasionally I have made a reference to my mother, my grandmother and there is a bit in my bio, referencing this. I decided to dedicate a blog post to it
The people of Tuam and all of the towns in Ireland where there were Magdalene laundries and mother & baby homes, knew about them.
They loomed large, hidden in plain sight.
A deliberate unspoken threat. The consequence if you didn’t behave as expected.Ireland had a complete system and architecture of containment to do deal with transgressors. The biggest sin or perhaps it might be more accurate to think of it as a crime, was illegitimacy.
In forging a new identity for itself post revolution Ireland heavily promoted and insisted on religious purity, specifically the purity of Irish women. Dancing and dances were forbidden at the heights of the moral fervour. The worst thing an unmarried woman or girl could do, was to become pregnant, even through abuse, rape and no fault of her own. No matter if she was completely unaware of what was happening to her, as was very…
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