February 24, 2011

Images from Abandoned Ireland: Inside a Magdalene Laundry

Posted by Cara Solomon

Recently on this blog, Global Human Rights fellow Maeve O’Rourke, LLM ’10, wrote about Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, where as many as tens of thousands of women and girls were forced to live and work for the commercial benefit of four orders of Catholic nuns.  Today, thanks to photographer Tarquin Blake, we’re posting some striking images of  The Good Shepherd Convent/Magdalene Asylum, which operated a residential laundry until the late 1970s.

A big thanks to Tarquin for letting us post his images.  Check out his project, Abandoned Ireland, here.

An empty decrepit building where women and girls used to live and work.
Grafitti mars the walls, which look hospital-like.
The doors are broken down, and the building no longer has electricity.
Outside, an angel statute stands in front of the building.
A cemetary with crosses in front of the laundry.

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