Magdalene asylums were institutions from the 18th to the late-20th centuries ostensibly for “fallen women”, a term used to imply sexual promiscuity. Asylums for these girls and women (and others believed to be of poor moral character, such as prostitutes) operated throughout Europe, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the United States for much of the 19th and well into the 20th century. The first asylum in Ireland opened on Leeson Street in Dublin in 1765, founded by the Protestant Lady Arabella Denny.
My name is Deborah Henry and I am Irish American. Have not had a mother abused nor been abused but you do not have to have been born into this holocaust to feel outrage from this mistreatment by church and state. You just have to be human. For eight years I researched, read, interviewed, wrote and rewrote a novel called The Whipping Club because I believe there should be more literature on this subject. My thoughts and prayers are with those who were abused in Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools and Orphanages among other institutions throughout the world