“…did I ever tell you that I tried to commit suicide in there? I took two bottles of Benylin cough mixture but I woke up the next morning! (Laughs) I couldn’t believe it! It just put me to sleep! It was obviously…it wasn’t cough mixture they probably just put something into the bottles. You know, so. Yeah I was so disappointed when I woke up the next morning! (Laughs)…There was…in the kitchen…the kitchen was huge and there was…all the presses were all up on the walls and there was loads of bottles of cough medicines and different types of medicines and I remember robbing the two bottles of…and nobody noticed.”
[Interviewer] “And why d…why did you try to commit suicide?”
“Because I hated it. I absolutely hated it. I…the beatings I couldn’t, I…I oh my God I just can’t…”
O’Donnell, K., S. Pembroke and C. McGettrick. (2013) “Oral History of Lucy”. Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History.
Government of Ireland Collaborative Research Project, Irish Research Council, p.37