Margaret Burke

Reference Code: MAGOHP/18/ANON
Oral History of: Margaret Burke
Pseudonym? Yes
Status: Survivor
Date of interview:  26th February 2013
Link to Transcript: MAGOHP18_ANON_Margaret Burke
Link to Audio File(s): Not yet available
Link to Records/Papers: Not yet available
Interviewer:   Dr Sinéad Pembroke
Sisters of Mercy Magdalene Laundry, Galway; St Ann’s Industrial School for Girls and Junior Boys, Lenaboy, Co Galway; inaccuracies with birth certificates and lack of acknowledgement of birthdays; survivor views on lack of education; isolation from Industrial School friends after departure; St Joseph’s Industrial School for Senior Boys, Salthill, Co Galway; distance among siblings due to separation in Industrial Schools; Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB); Section 28 (6) of Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002; St Joseph’s Workhouse, Ennis; St Joseph’s County Home, Ennis; lack of financial autonomy (County Home); Mercy Magdalene Laundry, Galway; auxiliaries exercising discipline; physical abuse; hair-cutting; system of family members signing girls out of laundry; funeral practices in Magdalene Laundries; rule of silence; escape from Industrial School; differences between Industrial School and Magdalene Laundry; religious sisters controlling money; emigration to escape feeling of entrapment in Ireland; member of British Army; depression; changing one’s name; suicide attempt; self-education; literacy issues; difficulty sharing Magdalene experiences with family; stigma of illegitimacy; depression; suicide; love of animals; survivor support groups; difficulties with solicitors at RIRB; Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries; Magdalene redress scheme; health issues.

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