View from kitchen in Sundays Well
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.
copyright: Fiona Ward
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
Irish Qualitative Data
Archive (IQDA). Transcripts can also
be downloaded from this website by clicking
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.
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
email@example.com if you would like to be notified
when a new version of the catalogue is available.
Download the up-to-date catalogue of interviews
Resources related to the interview process
Click the links below to download the Topic Guides
used during our oral history interviews.
Information and Consent Form
Our Information and Consent Form is available
In March 2012, the pilot phase of
the oral history project was was conducted in conjunction with the
survivor advocacy group
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.
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
contact Dr. Jennifer Yeager at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 051 302251.