Remembering ‘Margaret G’




From top; submission to Cork City Council; The Good Shepherd Magdalene Asylum, Cork

The Irish Times dated 27th April 1932 contains a report concerning Margaret G, described
as a ‘young woman’, who was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment for the
‘concealment of the birth of her illegitimate child’.

The judge said the sentence ‘would not come into effect of the court to the effect that [sic] she should remain in the Convent of the Good Shepherd, Cork, and be subject to the supervision and direction of the Superioress there for a period of two years’.

A Margaret G is buried in the Good Shepherd grave located at Sundays Well in Cork, having died on 11th February 1978.

If the Margaret G referred to in the article is the same woman who is buried at Sunday’s Well, she spent a total of 46 years in Sunday’s Well, 44 years on top of her original sentence for concealing the birth of what was then termed an ‘illegitimate’ child.

Part of a submission to Cork City Council in relation to the proposed development  at the site of the former Magdalene Laundry operated by the Good Shepherd Sisters at Sundays Well in Cork City.


Via Justice For Magdalenes:

We have gathered an archive of over 4,000 pages relating to the Magdalene Institutions;
this archive has been scanned and will soon be available on-line.

We have also been gathering material for a ‘virtual digital museum’ where images, audio, transcripts and archive can be put on-line for people to learn from and donate to.

The Magdalene Names Project, JFMR has been working on collating a complete list of names of women who died within the Magdalene walls from a variety of archival sources
(as we do not have access to the records that the religious orders hold) and we are
working to commemorate the women with appropriate headstones.

In fairness

Full rsubmission here

Justice For Magdalenes

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2 thoughts on “Remembering ‘Margaret G’

  1. dav

    how dare those victim’s tray and stop a property developer, this is Ireland!
    In Ireland developers can build fire risk property and succeed, whilst the deaths of children of indentured slaves will go unpunished.

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