Old Nuns in the Magdalene Convents

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Where are you now, Amelia Van Nuvenhove, resident of a house 51.1 in Clare Street (Limerick No. 1 Urban)?  Where are you, now that almost two hundred years have passed since your birth in 1821, 20-odd years before our Famine?  Did you ever think you’d end up in Ireland, a 90-year-old nun, marital status single, children born NIL?

Amelia, did you ever daydream about some young man in your native Belgian land?  Someone called Jan or Dirk or Klaas?  How did you end up here, Amelia, imprisoning and torturing young Irish girls?  How on earth did you end up here doing that?

And now, there you are, ninety years old, and a man is at the door with a list.  He bears the authority of King George the Fifth, and he wants to know your age, your name, where you came from.

Amelia, you don’t care, but perhaps Bridget Haugh does.  Bridget was born in Limerick City and like you is listed as Head of the Community of the Good Shepherd.  She’s 63 and her signature is on the census return as head of the household.

 

 

Or maybe Margaret Cahill from Cork is at the front door speaking to the man with the King’s warrant.  Margaret is only 55, but also a Head of the Community of the Good Shepherd.  What does Margaret yearn to say to this man? It gets lonely here?

It’s unlikely that Ellen Grennan from the King’s County or Teresa Keegan from Dublin, both 79 and both Heads of the Community of the Good Shepherd, are lowering themselves to deal with this upstart, despite their relative youth.  Perhaps you and they occasionally share a quiet chat in the eventime?  And perhaps you’re joined by Anne O’Keeffe, a hearty 71-year-old Kerrywoman, or Bridget O’Meara from Limerick, who recently hit 73.

Look over there Amelia, at Julianna Reddick, now 65, who came from Dublin.  Julianna is thinking about old age, about never getting laid, about never having a family.  So are Bridget, Margaret, Ellen, Teresa and  Anne. So is Mary Curtayne, now 58, and so is Teresa Anne Raleigh who just hit 59.  Bessie Kennedy from Kerry is 61.  Johanna Delaney, from Tipperary is 64.  Nora Curtin,  57, is from Limerick and Margaret Lynskey from Galway is a youthful 55.

They’re all heads of the community, and, just like you, they don’t use their real names.  In front of the slaves, they’re called Mother Johanna, and Mother Margaret, though they have not a single maternal bone in their bodies that hasn’t been eaten up with resentment and frustration.  And all of them, including you, are thinking the very same thing.  What if I wasn’t a nun?

Guess what?

The whole lot of you are going to die wondering, and you know it, you spiteful crowd of old bitches.

And that’s why you inflict your hang-ups on the prisoners who did nothing whatever to deserve your attentions.

Here, in 1911, are your prisoners, and even though you died soon afterwards, your poisonous message lived on for almost a century.  So thanks, Amelia.   Thanks, Bridget. Thanks Ellen.  Thanks Teresa.

In the end, you are not the  abscess.  You are only the pus.

Take a bow, Cardinal Paul Cullen, for polluting Irish society to its core. More about you in due course.

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This census return of 1911 was made during the rule of Westminster.  Following independence, the numbers of slaves in the Good Shepherd prison increased greatly as the Irish Free State continued to cede power to the Catholic church.

 

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Let’s have a word for these poor devils in 1911 who slaved under Amelia, Bridget, Ellen, Teresa and the rest of the religious crew.  How happy the nuns must have been, in control of these helpless women and girls.  This is a further extract from the 1911 census.

 

Gillispie Kate 25 Female Roman Catholic
McNamara Anne 29 Female Roman Catholic
Doolan Anne 50 Female Roman Catholic
Farrell Rosanna 20 Female Roman Catholic
OConnor Mary 55 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Auliffe Maggie 25 Female Roman Catholic
Cournane Mary 32 Female Roman Catholic
Omara Mary 25 Female Roman Catholic
Neal Mary 30 Female Roman Catholic
Browne Ennly 37 Female Roman Catholic
Nearty Maggie 29 Female Roman Catholic
Kennedy Crissie 18 Female Roman Catholic
Conway Sarah 18 Female Roman Catholic
Murphy Nano 56 Female Roman Catholic
Tierney Catherine 35 Female Roman Catholic
ONeill Johanna 50 Female Roman Catholic
Boyd Agnes 19 Female Roman Catholic
Fennell Kate 28 Female Roman Catholic
Cahill Kate 21 Female Roman Catholic
Callaghan Bride 18 Female Roman Catholic
Ellis Norab 51 Female Roman Catholic
Luzzia Norab 45 Female Roman Catholic
Moore Mary 22 Female Roman Catholic
Martya Kate 17 Female Roman Catholic
Reddan Mary 50 Female Roman Catholic
Gallaher Norah 50 Female Roman Catholic
Mcamy Ellie 19 Female Roman Catholic
Roche Lizzie 29 Female Roman Catholic
Murphy Mary 18 Female Roman Catholic
Laughnane Mary 16 Female Roman Catholic
Richey Jannie 65 Female Roman Catholic
Harrington Julia 28 Female Roman Catholic
Webbe Mary 22 Female Roman Catholic
Slaymaker Ellie 42 Female Roman Catholic
Mulhall Maggie 18 Female Roman Catholic
Moloney Ellie 22 Female Roman Catholic
Molloy Mary 70 Female Roman Catholic
Sheehan Mary 45 Female Roman Catholic
Sheehy Catherine 56 Female Roman Catholic
OConnor Molly 40 Female Roman Catholic
Lowe Isabel 42 Female Roman Catholic
Quinlan Mary 73 Female Roman Catholic
Ryan Margaret 45 Female Roman Catholic
Brohan Annie 20 Female Roman Catholic
ODwyer Mary 24 Female Roman Catholic
OMoore Norah 65 Female Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Jannie 48 Female Roman Catholic
Madigan Mary 49 Female Roman Catholic
Noonan Kate 50 Female Roman Catholic
Gleeson Grace 31 Female Roman Catholic
Geraghty Mary 44 Female Roman Catholic
Dunne Mary 48 Female Roman Catholic
OConnor Kate 48 Female Roman Catholic
Keogh Mary 41 Female Roman Catholic
Murray Mary 50 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Malon Annie 45 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Namara Mary 28 Female Roman Catholic
Sisk Mary 21 Female Roman Catholic
Cotter Sarah 50 Female Roman Catholic
Hoffman Delia 45 Female Roman Catholic
Reddan Mary 43 Female Roman Catholic
O Shaughnessy Josephine 20 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Donagh Winnie 47 Female Roman Catholic
Ratigan Bridget 20 Female Roman Catholic
Flanagan Maggie 17 Female Roman Catholic
ONeill Louisa 31 Female Roman Catholic
Dempsey Maggie 22 Female Roman Catholic
Dowe Mary 63 Female Roman Catholic
Rice Katie 22 Female Roman Catholic
Gallagher Nellie 18 Female Roman Catholic
Edwards Delia 33 Female Roman Catholic
Trennich Teresa 25 Female Roman Catholic
O Kieffe Ellie 70 Female Roman Catholic
Barrett Mary 35 Female Roman Catholic
Harrington Katie 43 Female Roman Catholic
Carroll Jane 73 Female Roman Catholic
Fatturs Kate 18 Female Roman Catholic
Corre Catherine 76 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Donnell Mary 34 Female Roman Catholic
OConnor Molly 73 Female Roman Catholic
Barrett Mary 59 Female Roman Catholic
Madigan Annie 53 Female Roman Catholic
Warton Mary 38 Female Roman Catholic
Gettans Hanah 42 Female Roman Catholic
Lunhan Catherine 29 Female Roman Catholic
Watson Mary 45 Female Roman Catholic
Purcell Ellen 50 Female Roman Catholic
Kildea Mary 75 Female Roman Catholic
Sloan Rose 36 Female Roman Catholic
Moylan Mary 45 Female Roman Catholic
Reddan Mary 35 Female Roman Catholic
Hanagan Annie 33 Female Roman Catholic
Bourke Mary 41 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Dermott Bridget 24 Female Roman Catholic
Griffin Norah 28 Female

 

Williams Elizabeth 19 Female Roman Catholic
Quinlan Mary 18 Female Roman Catholic
Condren Mary 17 Female Roman Catholic
Nagle Kate 17 Female Roman Catholic
Twohey Elizabeth 17 Female Roman Catholic
O’ Halloran Kate 17 Female Roman Catholic
Regan Elizabeth 17 Female Roman Catholic
Long Hannah 15 Female Roman Catholic
Campbell Mary 17 Female Roman Catholic
Twohey Ellen 16 Female Roman Catholic
Guerin Kate 16 Female Roman Catholic
Kennedy Kathleen 16 Female Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Josephine 16 Female Roman Catholic
Barry Margaret 15 Female Roman Catholic
Whelan Christina 15 Female Roman Catholic
Noonan Christina 15 Female Roman Catholic
Guerin Bridget 16 Female Roman Catholic
Ryan Bridget 14 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Elizabeth 15 Female Roman Catholic
Leahy Christina 16 Female Roman Catholic
Sexton Elizabeth 16 Female Roman Catholic
Walshe Margaret 15 Female Roman Catholic
Sheridan Catherine 16 Female Roman Catholic
Sheridan Elizabeth 15 Female Roman Catholic
O’ Halloran Nora 14 Female Roman Catholic
Browne Mary A 14 Female Roman Catholic
Foley Mary 13 Female Roman Catholic
Burns Mary 13 Female Roman Catholic
Moriarty Mary 15 Female Roman Catholic
O’ Driscoll Mary 15 Female Roman Catholic
Heffernan Ellen 17 Female
Quinn Bridget 14 Female Roman Catholic
Creaton Ellen 15 Female Roman Catholic
Carney Mary 14 Female Roman Catholic
Barry Sarah 13 Female Roman Catholic
Smith Christina 13 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Annie 14 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Agnes 13 Female Roman Catholic
Magee Mary 14 Female Roman Catholic
Murray Christina 16 Female Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Margaret 15 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Carthy Mary 12 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Carthy Margaret 12 Female Roman Catholic
Guinane Christina 13 Female Roman Catholic
Guinane Bridget 11 Female Roman Catholic
Doyle Margaret 13 Female Roman Catholic
Qulligan Margaret 13 Female Roman Catholic
Collins Ellen 14 Female Roman Catholic
Russell Kate 14 Female Roman Catholic
Russell Lily 13 Female Roman Catholic
Gallaghan Mary A 13 Female Roman Catholic
Reardon Mary 15 Female Roman Catholic
Quilligan Margaret 13 Female Roman Catholic
Harrington Mary 13 Female Roman Catholic
Harrington Ellen 12 Female Roman Catholic
Blake Margaret 14 Female Roman Catholic
Lowe Nora 12 Female Roman Catholic
Mangan Mary A 12 Female Roman Catholic
Mangan Ellen 11 Female Roman Catholic
Spencer Emma 14 Female Roman Catholic
Quinn Agnes 13 Female Roman Catholic
Quinn Mary 12 Female Roman Catholic
Quinn Hannah 11 Female Roman Catholic
Long Mary 14 Female Roman Catholic
Casey Ellen 14 Female Roman Catholic
Ronan Mary 13 Female Roman Catholic
Blackhall Christina 13 Female Roman Catholic
Sexton Esther 14 Female Roman Catholic
Hickey Helena 10 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Catherine 11 Female Roman Catholic
Hoar Catherine 12 Female Roman Catholic
Restall Maud 14 Female Roman Catholic
Russell Bridget 11 Female Roman Catholic
Regan Hannah 10 Female Roman Catholic
Kiely Ellen 16 Female Roman Catholic
Whelan Mary 11 Female Roman Catholic
Condren Bride 12 Female Roman Catholic
Neville Mary 13 Female Roman Catholic
Lane Winifred 13 Female Roman Catholic
Cusack Mary 12 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Helena 11 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Kate 11 Female Roman Catholic
Fean Mary 11 Female Roman Catholic
Fean Bridget 10 Female Roman Catholic
Blackhall Mary 11 Female Roman Catholic
Sullivan Bridget 14 Female Roman Catholic
Bell Mary 10 Female Roman Catholic
Maher Kathleen 12 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Grath Julia 11 Female Roman Catholic
Curtin Joan 12 Female Roman Catholic
Markham Christina 12 Female Roman Catholic
Connery Ellen 12 Female Roman Catholic
Dowd Kate 10 Female Roman Catholic
Bulter Delia 11 Female Roman Catholic
Foley Eileen 12 Female Roman Catholic
Foley Kathleen 10 Female Roman Catholic
Quinn Christina 11 Female Roman Catholic
Scanlon Mary 12 Female Roman Catholic
Blake Angela 11 Female Roman Catholic
Hannery Kate 10 Female Roman Catholic
Fitzgerald Kate 12 Female Roman Catholic
Kearney Margaret 9 Female Roman Catholic
Stewart Rose 13 Female Roman Catholic
Stewart Margaret 10 Female Roman Catholic
Campbell Ellen 9 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Mahon Ellen 10 Female Roman Catholic
Lyttle Christina 11 Female Roman Catholic
Curtin Margaret 10 Female
Moloney Elizabeth 11 Female Roman Catholic
Casey Josephine 13 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Gill Josephine 12 Female Roman Catholic
Hannen Christina 7 Female Roman Catholic
Foley Annie 7 Female Roman Catholic
Meagher Maureen 6 Female Roman Catholic
Dowd Lily 7 Female Roman Catholic
Dowd Bridget 6 Female Roman Catholic
Cantillon Mary 9 Female Roman Catholic
Cantillon Eileen 7 Female Roman Catholic
Cantillon Rita 6 Female Roman Catholic
Twohey Mary 6 Female Roman Catholic
Sinnot Agnes 9 Female Roman Catholic
Quilligan Mary 8 Female Roman Catholic
Mangan Madge 8 Female Roman Catholic
Cusack Kathleen 8 Female Roman Catholic
Cusack Margaret 7 Female Roman Catholic
Lake Bridget 6 Female Roman Catholic
Quinn Sarah 6 Female Roman Catholic
Shannon Anne 8 Female Roman Catholic
Shannon Eva 7 Female Roman Catholic
Shannon Lily 3 Female Roman Catholic
Clifford May 6 Female Roman Catholic
Farrell Teresa 4 Female Roman Catholic
Hayes Delia 8 Female Roman Catholic
Hickey Alice 8 Female Roman Catholic
Hoar Nora 11 Female Roman Catholic
Mc Donagh Bridget 7 Female Roman Catholic
Russell Bridget 12 Female Roman Catholic
Powell Alice 11 Female Roman Catholic
Lane Mary 8 Female Roman Catholic
Lane Lily 6 Female Roman Catholic
Fennell Annie 1 Female Roman Catholic
Dunne Mary 15 Female R Catholic
Corcoran Nora 14 Female R Catholic
Hamilton Anne 18 Female R Catholic
Callaghan Mary 13 Female R Catholic
Mulcahy Mary 17 Female R Catholic
Riely Mary 16 Female R Catholic
Toomey Mgt 18 Female R Catholic
Callaghan Mgt 14 Female R Catholic
Courtney Mgt 17 Female R Catholic
Sullivan Nora 17 Female R Catholic
Higgins Mary 17 Female R Catholic
Isherwood Alice 15 Female R Catholic
Maher Rose 15 Female R Catholic
Gibbons Rose 16 Female R Catholic
Doyle Anne 17 Female R Catholic
Smyth Mgt 13 Female R Catholic
Clarke Mary 13 Female R Catholic
Donnelly Mary 14 Female R Catholic
Ried Christina R Catholic
Daly Kate 13 Female R Catholic
Byron Mgt 13 Female R Catholic
Scully Eliza 17 Female R Catholic
Sheridan Christina 17 Female R Catholic
Mc Bride Ellen 16 Female R Catholic
Fleming Mgt 18 Female R Catholic
Kennedy Mary 18 Female R Catholic
Moore Kate 17 Female R Catholic
Carroll Kate 15 Female R Catholic
Whitman Susan 16 Female R Catholic
Connolly Mary 14 Female R Catholic
Mc Carthy Christina 13 Female R Catholic
Highland Christina 15 Female R Catholic
Purcel Johanna 15 Female R Catholic
Ballatyne Mary 17 Female R Catholic
Devlin Mary 17 Female R Catholic
Kane Emily 13 Female R Catholic
Kane Kate 14 Female R Catholic
Punter Eliza 16 Female R Catholic
Ahern Mgt 13 Female R Catholic
Higgins Eliza 13 Female R Catholic
Sullivan Mgt 18 Female R Catholic
Higgins Mary 15 Female R Catholic
Horgan Nora 13 Female R Catholic
Conaron Nora 14 Female R Catholic
Folan Mary 15 Female R Catholic
Connors Julia 16 Female R Catholic
Muldowny Mary 16 Female R Catholic
Sheridan Nora 14 Female R Catholic
Costigan Martha 15 Female R Catholic
Donohoe Nora 16 Female R Catholic
Fairbrother Anne 14 Female R Catholic
Moore Mgt 13 Female R Catholic
Carber Christina 13 Female R Catholic
Kennelly Anne 12 Female R Catholic
Donnling Mary 14 Female R Catholic
Higgins Lizzie 13 Female R Catholic
Holan Bina 12 Female R Catholic
Mc Donnell Mary 14 Female R Catholic
O’ Mara Lizzie 11 Female R Catholic
Noonan Mary 22

 

1911 Census

 

  18 Responses to “Old Nuns in the Magdalene Convents”

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  1.  

    Bock, it`s late, i have looked at all those names, i am crying, I hurt, for them. The shame i feel is……….

  2.  

    wonder what this crowd think of it: http://www.catholicireland.net/

  3.  

    How very sad, and in the name of religion. It certainly has a lot to answer for.

  4.  

    Good post. Sad – so many ruined, unfulfilled lives. Good for population control, though.

    Children born NIL? Not necessarily so. Lots of stories of rooms or crannies found in these places with infant skeletons, products of clandenstine laisons between nominally celibate holy servants, or with their respective visiting Dirks.

    About 300 women in that list. Interesting how certain names come up more often. Lots of Marys. Also Ann, Kate, Elizabeth, Elli, Nellie, Catherine. And in the younger girls, Bridget and Margaret. 1 year old Annie and 3 year old Lily – even more unfortunate orphans, started so young. Maybe those two are even still nunning around somewhere, 100 years later. And maybe they were not so unfortunate – weren’t old enough to know what they were missing. Thought it was supposed to be this way. Evil men – stay away from them (except for the holy priesthood).

    A flesh and blood good shepherd lets his flock fulfill their animal, reproductive urges. Apparently not so a Divine one, who created them with such urges. Hold ’em back – isn’t making virtual love to Jesus much preferred?

    —————————————————

    There once were some very old nuns
    Whose lives didn’t have any fun
    Their sexual urges
    Replaced by sung dirges
    Exchanging a son for The Son

    In white linen always be clad
    To never consort with a lad
    For us, good enough
    Don’t like it, girls? Tough!
    Much better to love Holy Dad

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  5.  

    Sorry – should be “black linen”. Not according this painting, though (not for children):

    http://www.friendsofart.net/static/images/art1/cornelis-van-haarlem-the-monk-and-the-nun.jpg

    This interesting. See reviews:

    Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

    http://www.amazon.com/Lesbian-Nuns-Breaking-Rosemary-Curb/dp/0930044622

  6.  

    Maybe we’ll leave out the funny rhymes for this topic. Ok?

  7.  

    I don’t think that the tone was as funny as it was thoughtful, putting some of your post into prose. Rhymes, even limerick ones, are not by definition funny. Even the two links I gave – express in different ways the secret longings of celibate “prisoners”, as you called them. There were some funny things I could have linked to – I didn’t.

    You are rather I think overly critical of some of your commentors lately.

  8.  

    Not one person has been held to account or brought to trial for the crimes committed by the religious in the over 200 Industrial Gulags. Children were raped, starved, beaten with hurleys and had to endure a regime of terror on a daily basis.

    Like in the Nazi camps, children didn’t have names, they had numbers. In the Gulag that I attended in Dublin, every boarder was called ‘Jeff’ by the chief psychotic ‘Christian Brother’.

    Every so called survivor is forbidden by law to name any Christian Brother, priest or nun who carried out this abuse. The punishment is fines of 2000 euro or imprisonment.

    The torturers and criminals were given immunity from prosecution. No one will be prosecuted for crimes committed against these Magdalene women. There will be no investigation into the collusion of Irish Governments in these crimes. The Government of Bertie Ahern exempted itself and previous Governments from investigation when it set up the Ryan report. Only in Ireland.

  9.  

    I thought of comparing them to Nazi concentration camps. You show that it’s not such a far off comparison. Didn’t kill them outright, though – but did kill their souls, even though they were supposed to be saving them.

  10.  

    It wasn’t as extreme as the Nazi camps, but possibly bears comparison with concentration camps set up by other governments.

  11.  

    Since the nuns profited from incarcerating these innocent women and using them as slaves, will justice be done and will their assets be seized?

    I doubt it. In any other country, a violent psychotic dysfunctional organisation like the Christian Brothers would have been disbanded and had it’s assets seized. This is an organisation who terrorised whole generations of Irish children in the industrial schools and in the classrooms all over Ireland. This terror was also exported all over the world.

    What they got was indemnity from prosecution courtesy of Michael Woods and Bertie Ahern. The Irish Government should be brought before the European court and be investigated for failing to address it’s role in incarcerating thousands of children in industrial schools and it’s acceptance of the Magdalene Laundries.

  12.  

    “What they got was indemnity from prosecution courtesy of Michael Woods and Bertie Ahern”
    Let’s not forget who was the “mediator” between the Church and Michael Woods, why none other than “Fingers” Fingleton of Irish Nationwide fame.
    These victims will never get justice, ever, the elites will see to that.

  13.  

    Donnelly Mary, 14, Female – R Catholic.

    I would personally be very grateful to anyone who could supply me with further information about this particular young lady on the list.

  14.  

    Born in Dublin, according to the record.

  15.  

    Yes but lets not forget the real villain here. A presidential candidate who talks about pederasty in ancient Greece.

  16.  

    We’ll keep that for a different discussion.

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