Saturday 20 October 2018

Magdalene women celebrate a new sense of 'sisterhood and solidarity'

Love and respect mattered greatly to the Magdalene women who met to share stories and experiences, writes Alan O'Keeffe

HERO: Josephine Condon — who suffered at the hands of ‘rotten nuns’ at a Magdalene laundry in Cork when she was 15 — pictured at the Mansion House last week. Photo: Frank McGrath
HERO: Josephine Condon — who suffered at the hands of ‘rotten nuns’ at a Magdalene laundry in Cork when she was 15 — pictured at the Mansion House last week. Photo: Frank McGrath

Alan O'Keeffe

Purple stickers lying discarded on the floor after a gala dinner in the Mansion House were a welcome sight for Dr Katherine O'Donnell.

She had ensured the badges were available to any former inmates of Magadalene laundries who did not want to be photographed or questioned about their experiences.

Many women wore them as they journeyed by coach from Aras an Uachtarain to the Mansion House in Dublin for the dinner and concert last Tuesday evening.

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