1. says

    When I read the post heading I was instantly reminded of an expression that is very common in Ireland. So, when I clicked on the link it made perfect sense in its entirety for it to be seen on the statue of Mother Catherine McAuley. The Mother House of the Sisters of Mercy at Baggot St. once personally belonged to the foundress of that order. The house was for the purpose of educating children, but as per usual the nuns made it their own.

    The last slave died of overwork from washing those stains in the Magdalen laundry. Mary Coughlan sums it up perfectly.

  2. Sili says

    The Mother House of the Sisters of Mercy at Baggot St.

    Pity I didn’t know about this. I like pissing on public monuments.

  3. says

    Sili: If you so wish you can click on the above comment link, and mentally piss on the sheet therein to your heart’s content. Don’t worry about getting it all soiled. I’m sure it can be sent to the Sisters of Mercy to wash out all the stains. 🙂

  4. says

    Ah – I remember walking past a Sisters of Mercy building on Baggot St. I didn’t realize it was the mother house. I did snarl about “mercy” when I saw it.

  5. says

    OB: I pass by the same building whenever I take the bus into town. I think the statues look very out of place on a main road. Their crepuscular silhouettes give off a very eerie feeling at the dead of night.

    The Venerable Mother Catherine Elizabeth McAuley inherited a considerable fortune and chose to use it to build a house where she and other compassionate women could take in homeless women and children to provide care and an education for them.

    So – to think that the institution that was originally supposed to have been for the main usage of destitute women and orphans, now sees survivors of Magdalen Laundries on the outside expressing deep anger at being cheated and ignored by the very nuns whom they slaved for, for generations. The Sisters of Mercy must have it all THEIR way or NO way.

    During the commission to inquire into child institutional abuse (CICA), some of the Sisters of Mercy saw fit to have meetings there with THEIR supporters, who were vehemently against Goldenbridge survivors (and others) of institutional abuse. To me it appeared despicable that the building was used for that purpose. Neutral territory should have been used, and not a building that was already synonymous with the Sisters of Mercy.

    The order of nuns who ran the Magdalen Laundries certainly know how to bring ex-“penitents” to their knees. Once a “penitent” always a “penitent” from their perspective – so it appears!

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