Shocked by the nuns' inhumane treatment of the frightened young women, June risked her job to bring some light into their dark lives. A place where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads whilst heavily pregnant. What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years. It was a place of secrets, lies and cruelty.
The Light In The Window #ad - Where they were denied any contact with the outside world; denied basic medical treatment and abused for their 'sins'; where, after the birth, they were forced into hard labour in the convent for three years. June's memoir tells the story of twelve women's experiences in this home and of the hardships they endured, but also the kindness she offered them, and the hope she was able to bring.
The Magdalen GirlsKensington Books #ad - Finally, nora and teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations. Told with candor, hope, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, and unyielding courage.
Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. The mother superior, sister anne, inflicts cruel, who has secrets of her own, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love.
The Magdalen Girls #ad - Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. Dublin, 1962. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.
Teagan soon befriends nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat.
The Magdalen Laundries: a novel inspired by true events#ad - Only the presence of ceara, gives Maren strength to continue through abuse, a young pregnant girl who befriends her inside the institution, humiliation, beatings and near-starvation. Set in ireland in 1961, the magdalen laundries is based on the true stories from one of the most shameful chapters in Ireland's history, and tells of the redemptive power of faith, friendship and forgiveness.
New edition now includes pronunciation guide. She felt a joy in her heart and knew that her journey to find peace had ended here, In Glasvenin cemetery. Jena C. The story features a heartfelt affirmation of the Gospel message. While, many elements of this book are difficult to read about, overall there is a message of hope.
The Magdalen Laundries: a novel inspired by true events #ad - However, you are not reading fantasy, you are reading a novel based on a true story. But too many ended as victims of a system of torture and deprivation. I am grateful to the author for opening my eyes to the Laundries and the plights of the young girls. At times slow-moving at the beginning, most of the book is compelling and engrossing.
Young and pretty, Maren grows up on her family farm, loved and cherished. Her innocent feelings lead her parish priest to commit her, without her family’s knowledge, to what were called the Magdalen Laundries. Maren begins to awaken to feelings of love, when a hired farm hand catches her eye.
My Name is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby HomeGill Books #ad - Alone and pregnant, she was following in the footsteps of more than a century’s worth of lost souls. Her second child was once again delivered into the care of the nuns and was taken from her, never to be seen or heard from again. She would go on to marry a wonderful man and have a daughter, Anna Corrigan, but it was only after Bridget’s death that Anna discovered she had two brothers her mother had never spoken about.
. Shunned by society for her sins and offered no comfort for her pain, Bridget gave birth to a boy, John, who died at the home in a horrendous state of neglect less than two years later. In 1946, twenty-six-year-old bridget Dolan walked up the path to the front door of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. In the aftermath of the explosive revelations that the remains of 796 babies had been found in a septic tank on the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, she became compelled to try and find out if her baby brothers’ remains were among them.
My Name is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home #ad - Here, anna and alison o’reilly piece together the erased chapter of the life of Bridget Dolan and her forgotten sons, reminding us that we must never forget what was done to the women and children of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent UpbringingOrion #ad - But the hope of rescue or escape never left her. Years later, frances would face her demons in court, bringing to account those who so viciously stole her youth. The heartbreaking yet inspiring account of a young girl who suffered at the hands of nuns in the Nazareth House Convent in Northern Ireland. Frances reilly and her sisters were abandoned by their mother outside Nazareth House Convent - a Belfast orphanage run by nuns.
Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent Upbringing #ad - Suffer the little children is a gripping and moving story of one child's spirit of survival. Little did they know the unimaginable cruelty they'd endure within its walls. Frances suffered horrifically at the hands of the Sisters: brutally beaten, the convent regime stripped her of everything - education, worked like a slave, abused and molested, innocence and childhood.
The Baby Snatchers: A young mother's desperate fight to escape the Sacred Heart nuns and keep her babyBlink Publishing #ad - You are nothing. Mary creighton was just 15 when she found herself pregnant out of wedlock, in 1960s Ireland. She managed to escape only to later lose her beautiful daughter to social services and the meddling nuns. You've sowed the seed of Satan. Who always managed to catch up with her. She dreamed of a happy life with her child, but that was shattered when she was sent away to Castlepollard - a home for mothers and their unborn babies.
The Baby Snatchers: A young mother's desperate fight to escape the Sacred Heart nuns and keep her baby #ad - Stripped of their clothes and forced into gruelling work whilst pregnant, those who survived childbirth were made to force-feed their children for adoption into wealthy families. Babies were ripped out of their mother's hands, but Mary refused to let that happen to her. After spending time in an infamous magdalene Laundry, and having another two children snatched away, Mary sought to find her lost children, and demand answers for the atrocities committed supposedly in God's name.
This is a haunting account of a mother's worst nightmare, as Mary continues to fight for justice for the mothers who suffered there and the babies of Castlepollard: hundreds of which died and are still buried in the grounds today. The sunday times bestseller*'you're all fallen women.
Little Drifters: Kathleen's StoryHarperCollins #ad - For all those i consider my brothers and sisters; the ones who died, the ones who drown their memories everyday in a bottle of whisky, the ones who lost their minds, I tell this for you. Because in the end we are all brothers and sisters – and if we don’t feel that bond of love between each other, just as human beings, then we are nothing.
We are no better than the monsters that ran the convents. Based in ireland in the 1960s and 70s, Kathleen’s story is a story of extreme hardship, suffering and abuse. It is the story of 11 siblings, abandoned by their mother and torn from their father, incarcerated in convents and then driven apart in the cruellest ways imaginable; it is the story of their ruined childhoods and their fight for recompense.
Little Drifters: Kathleen's Story #ad - The harrowing true story of a travelling Irish family bonded by love, broken apart by life, and then betrayed by their carers in a cruel convent in Ireland. For those who we lost along the way, I tell this story. For all the children who suffered in this terrible place. But more than that, it is a story of courage, survival and the incredible strength of sibling bonds against overwhelming adversities.
Out of terrible darkness comes a remarkable story. In the tradition of irish storytelling, Kathleen offers a mesmerising account of her family’s experience.
Childhood Interrupted: Growing up in an industrial schoolVirago #ad - They were only allowed a strictly supervised visit once a year, until they were permitted to leave the harsh and cruel regime of the institution at the age of sixteen. A turning point in kate's life came when she applied to become a magistrate and realised that she had to confront her hidden personal history and make it public.
. But kate survived her traumatic childhood and escaped her past by leaving for England and then Australia when the British government offered a scheme to encourage settlement there. This is her inspiring story. She married and had a son. The rape of eight-year-old kathleen by a neighbour had triggered their removal - the Irish authorities ruling that her mother must have been negligent.
Childhood Interrupted: Growing up in an industrial school #ad - In 1950, kathleen o'malley and her two sisters were legally abducted from their mother and placed in an industrial school ran by the Sisters of Mercy order of nuns, who also ran the notorious Magdalene Homes. Fleeing her past again, kate worked as a governess in Paris and then returned to England where she trained as a beautician at Elizabeth Arden.
Banished Babies: The Secret History of Ireland's Baby Export BusinessNew Island Books #ad - The author, mike Milotte, has done his profession proud. The irish Times. For this updated and expanded edition the author has added previously untold personal stories from some of the ‘banished babies’ he met in the intervening period – stories that further illuminate the murky shadows of this official, but long-concealed child-export business.
This updated and expanded edition also examines the irish state’s failure to fulfil promises - made in the wake of the book’s first appearance - to adequately facilitate search and reunion among the ‘banished babies’ and their natural parents. This book would make your blood boil… one of the finest pieces of journalism this reader has come across for many a day.
Banished Babies: The Secret History of Ireland's Baby Export Business #ad - Mike milotte’s damning exposé of church-state collusion in banishing thousands of vulnerable ‘illegitimate’ children from Ireland in the 1950s and 60s was first published to critical acclaim in 1997, and quickly achieved iconic status.
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year SearchMacmillan #ad - A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive. When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption.
The lost child of philomena lee is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. With little time left, he returned to ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved.
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search #ad - Inspired the film Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic. Philomena's son, renamed michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations.
But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman.