View from kitchen in Sundays Well 
Image copyright: Fiona Ward

This project collected accounts from survivors who worked and lived in the Magdalene Laundries, as well as relatives, members of the Religious Orders, regular visitors and anyone else who had a story to tell that relates to these institutions. These will be made accessible to anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of the Magdalene Laundries. The information collected may be used in a variety of ways by the people who access the collected stories and may form the basis for future essays, books, documentaries and creative artworks.    

The project operated with strict protocols and under ethical approval from UCD's College of Human Sciences to protect the confidentiality and privacy of all participants.  The interviews, transcripts and archival materials will be made available in redacted format through UCD Archives and the interviews and transcripts will also be available on-line via the Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA). Transcripts can also be downloaded from this website by clicking here.

There are 22 transcripts currently available and more will be uploaded over the coming months.  Send us an email if you would like to be updated when new interviews are uploaded.

Interview Catalogue
The archive of this project contains interviews from 80 interviews (91 interviewees).  The first tranche of interviews is now available from the IQDA.  The catalogue is a ‘living document’ that will change over time as interview transcripts, audio files and donated papers become available. Newer versions will be posted here on our website. Please email us at if you would like to be notified when a new version of the catalogue is available.

Download the up-to-date catalogue of interviews here

Resources related to the interview process

Topic Guides
Click the links below to download the Topic Guides used during our oral history interviews.



Adopted People

Key Informants

Religious Sisters

Information and Consent Form
Our Information and Consent Form is available for download

Pilot Phase Questionnaires
In March 2012, the pilot phase of the oral history project was was conducted in conjunction with the survivor advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) and with support from the Feminist Review Trust. Testimonies were gathered from survivors, family members and others with experience of the Magdalene Laundries. The testimony gathering conducted by JFM followed the ethical guidelines that had been drawn up by Dr Katherine O’Donnell in UCD as part of the preparatory work in establishing this oral history project. In an effort to ensure survivors did not have to tell their stories multiple times, the participants were given the option to be included in the oral history project and most chose to do so. Thus, the questionnaires were designed to gather testimony about State involvement in the laundries, as well as information about the women’s life experiences.  These questionnaires formed the basis for the Topic Guides above which were developed by the Research Team.  The JFM Questionnaires are available for download below.



Adopted People

Key Informants/Witnesses

Please note: This project is no longer conducting interviews however, academics at Waterford Institute of Technology have established a similar oral history project.  Those interested in being interviewed should visit the project's website here or contact Dr. Jennifer Yeager at or 051 302251. 

16th March 2016
New interview uploaded
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March 2016
Oral histories now also available on this site. Click here for more information.

Send us an email if you would like to be updated when new interviews are uploaded.

Waterford Memories Project Website
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