The Motor Van Shed allowed vehicle access on to Gloucester Lane, which lead to Sean MacDermott St. From here, a constant flow of deliveries and dispatches to and from the laundry would have been one of the few and indirect links the Magdalene Women had to the world outside.
“And also I remember the day…the day that I did run out…So I knew that if I didn’t go into the uniform that I wouldn’t be recognised when I came out, and the other girl had the uniform on, so we…but it was her aunty who told the police that we were there.
And I remember seeing, I said to her two…I think it was at two o’clock the door used to open, and I said to her, ‘watch…watch the door at two o’clock, be ready,’ and we were ready. And as I was running and running th…all these women knew what I was doing and they tried to push…push me back. So I got one of them and I pushed her, I did! And she fell over and I…we just kept legging, legging it.
And Sean McDermott Street I think has got like cobble stones…I always remember that. I remember running and thinking, ‘oh I wish it wasn’t cobble, I wish I could…’”
O’Donnell, K., S. Pembroke and C. McGettrick. (2013) “Oral History of Mary”. Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History.
Government of Ireland Collaborative Research Project, Irish Research Council. p. 14