Once of the spaces on the site most connected with the stories and memories of the Magdalene Women is the Dormitory Wing, where they would have slept in between shifts working in the laundry.
The Dormitory Wing still stands, although it is increasingly perilous condition as the site remains vacant and it continues to deteriorate. It is unique on the site as being the last remaining structure connected with the Magdalene Women themselves, with the possible exception of the Ri Villa Hostel for teenage trainees.
“…and we were shut…brought upst[airs], then we were put into a room and then upstairs…I think about seven or half-seven we were put to bed. It was like prison really…and the doors were locked behind us and we were put into this big huge dormitory done…divided with a partition, you know and you weren’t allowed talk or nothing.”
[Interviewer] “And how many were in the dormitory?”
“Ah about fifty, I’d say…I’d say about twen…fift…no, more, I’d say around fifteen on each side…”
O’Donnell, K., S. Pembroke and C. McGettrick. (2013) “Oral History of Martina Keogh”. Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History.
Government of Ireland Collaborative Research Project, Irish Research Council, pp.27- 28.