The Ironing Room was the largest of the spaces dedicated to the operation of the laundry business. Located to the rear of the site, along Railway Street, this room would have been the site of daily toil for a great many women over the course of nearly a century.
Only a fragment of this room remains standing today, but the digital reconstruction below gives some idea of what this space would have looked like to those Magdalene Women labouring within.
“Then I was made to go into the laundry—straight away—for about two hours and I was put into…on a…an ironing board with an iron and all tubes coming out of them and I was made iron. I hadn’t a clue sure, even how to iron. The more I couldn’t iron the nun was pushing me…shoving me and digging me into the back of the neck.
At one stage I lost the head and told her to go and f*ck off, and I got battered for it. You know, so you learned to keep your mouth shut, you know, if you weren’t used to it being a Dubliner like me…”