Mary Creighton

Reference Code: MAGOHP/40
Oral History of: Mary Creighton
Pseudonym? No
Status: Survivor
Date of interview:  16th May 2013
Link to Transcript: MAGOHP40_Mary Creighton
Link to Audio File(s): Not yet available
Link to Records/Papers: None available
Interviewer:   Prof Katherine O’Donnell
Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Magdalene Laundry, High Park, Drumcondra; Sacred Heart Mother and Baby Home, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath (St Peter’s); Nazareth House, Sligo; survivor views on anonymity; positive effects (for survivors) of social media and access to information technology; childhood physical abuse; illegitimacy; working conditions in Mother and Baby Home; conditions giving birth in Mother and Baby Home; symphysiotomy; escape attempt from Mother and Baby Home; physical abuse in Mother and Baby Home; forced adoption; denial (natural mothers); natural mothers’ coping mechanisms following adoption; differences between administration and regime of Mother and Baby Home and Magdalene Laundry; Ireland to US adoption scheme; transfers from Mother and Baby Home to Magdalene Laundry; racism; domestic violence; abortion; rule of silence; sex work; emigration; psychiatric institutions; survivor attitudes towards the Catholic church, religious sisters and clerics; inter-generational effects; temporary/informal fostering arrangements; deaths in Mother and Baby Homes; effects of institution on relationships; impact of heightened awareness and publicity around Magdalene Laundry and Mother and Baby Home issues; attitude towards apologies.

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