Magdalene Oral History Project

Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History is a Government of Ireland Collaborative Research Project funded by the Irish Research Council which was led by Associate Professor Katherine O’Donnell at University College Dublin. More recently, the project was grateful to receive support from Boston College.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute towards a better understanding of the Magdalene Laundry system that existed in Ireland through the gathering and study of testimonies from people who are directly or indirectly related to these institutions.

The Magdalene Oral History Project archive contains 84 transcripts (from 97 interviewees). The interviews and archival documents are being made as widely available as possible to the public through UCD Archives, the Irish Qualitative Data Archive and through this website. Please scroll down to access the oral history project links.