“Well because I didn’t work in the laundries and I worked in the lace department, I would say the working conditions were appalling…They were old, it…it was like Dickensian times. I mean I…I see it now and it’s like a black picture of little old ladies in shawls and…n…being trapped, that…that’s what I see.
[Interviewer] “Hmm. Yeah. Actually one question, in terms of being trapped is, were the doors and windows to the laundry locked?”
“Definitely locked. There was no escape. You know there was no escape and I can tell you I know there was glass on the walls…because I remember having a look at them to see if I could hop over…you couldn’t get over.”
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, pp. 13-14.