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sunday strolls 🚶🏻
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The harbour on the Grand Canal at Portobello is now synonymous with Mute swans.
Skirting the canal is the busy south circular road with car lights now lit to accommodate the failing light.
6 hours ago
Séan McDermot Street & abandoned Magdalene Laundry 2018. With rumors going around that the plans are to demolish all those buildings to redevelop the land into €€€ apartment complexes ~ photos are the only way to remember.
7 hours ago
Is breá liom é
8 hours ago
09 "Southside", Killiney Hill Park, Summer 2017
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Spring is quickly approaching and soon days will become longer.
In a few weeks time, when I'll leave the office, I won't see the colourful night reflections on the Liffey anymore.
I can't wait for the long bright days of summer! 😊
9 hours ago
The seldom photographed back window looking good in the sun. Today has been a gorgeous day looking out over Dublin and serving up some locally roasted @upside_coffee . See yall next weekend, so long as this snow we are expecting doesn't stick. Thanks to Mr. Niall Bradley for the pic
10 hours ago
Drinking, drinking and...drinking 🍻
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“When she arrived at the Donnybrook laundry, Sara was given a number and told to remember it. The number 100. This was her new identity.
In her survivor testimony for Justice for Magdalenes’ (JFM’s) submission to the Inter-Departmental Committee set up to investigate state involvement in the Magdalene laundries, Sara W described the conditions in the Donnybrook laundry between 1954 and 1956, before she was moved to another Magdalene laundry, in Cork. “At nine o’clock every night you were locked into that cell,” she says. “The windows used to be up very high, like a small little window . . . and I used to climb up the top of the bed to look out.” “I never seen daylight for two years,” she continues. “The only bit of freedom — we were allowed to walk up and down a place called ‘the bleach’, where they put out the sheets in the summertime, clothes lines and all that. You’d walk up and down there. That was your freedom.” Sara’s crime? She didn’t commit one.
At 15, she was working at a bed and breakfast. As she recalls it, members of the Legion of Mary promised her a better job and brought her to the Donnybrook Laundry. There, they told her they were putting her in the institution for her own safety.
Unable to leave, she spent the next two years in isolation. There were no visitors and post was censored, the nuns didn’t even inform her of her mother’s death. “I often wrote to my auntie, asking if she knew why I was here etc, etc, but I got no reply. I wrote to my mother every week but got no reply,” she says. “I was writing to my mother that was dead.” The building that was Sara’s prison is on The Crescent, in the centre of Dublin 4, and it is hidden away from the main street behind houses and apartments.
Last month the property went up for sale, advertised as “an exciting and rare opportunity to develop in the heart of Donnybrook”. There was no mention of its former life as a Magdalene laundry institution...” Louisa McGrath article for the Dublin Inquirer, March 2016
10 hours ago
Doesn't look like a castle... 🏰🎨
11 hours ago
The Magdalene Laundries were workhouses (from 1922-1996) in which many Irish women and girls were effectively imprisoned because they were perceived to be a threat to ‘the moral fiber of society’. 😔💔 #highparkconvent
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Sunday morning in Dublin. Since watching Philomena, a film based on the true story of Philomena Lee #philomenalee #strongwomen - I keep thinking about the film and Irish history with the women who endured the unthinkable ~ lived, died or survived those horrific institutions ( #asylums, #workhouses, #laundries) - places that were ruled by the church (run by nuns) throughout the country. The last one only closed in 1996. Think about it 1996. That’s 22 years ago. Not 150 years. 22 years. To this day, no one was held accountable, no one went to prison, no one was stripped off their assets. Under the same church umbrella, massive amount of land is still owned, and bit by bit those “sisters” sell and make millions. Totally legal, absolutely accepted by the Irish government. After pressure by the UN, the Irish Government issued an apology in 2013 (yes, less than five years ago!) along with a 61m compensation fund for the victims. To this day, the church has done nothing. No apology, no nothing! They have built walls, closed up entrances and are hiding behind it.
I highly recommend that you watch the film Philomena to get a glimpse into Irish history. I attempted once to watch the film ‘Magdalene sisters’ by Peter Mullan but got too upset. The film is about three teenage girls who were sent to Magdalene Asylums (also known as 'Magdalene Laundries') homes for women who were labelled as "fallen" by their families or society. The homes were maintained by individual religious orders in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. Apparently and according to a survivor the film doesn’t show the full gruesome, horrendous reality those laundries were. How to this day, the same institution owns million worth of Irish land and was never put in front of a court and held accountable, is beyond me. Pictured here is one of the notorious places, High Park in Drumcondra, surrounded by extensive security and walls. Very eerie too 😔💔