Convent of Mercy Forster St. Galway

Mercy Nuns burial ground
Graveyard name: 
Convent of Mercy Forster St. Galway
Graveyard Code: 
GA-CMFS

Location

Forster Street
Galway, Galway
Ireland
53° 16' 31.9584" N, 9° 2' 38.1588" W
Notes: 

The Magdalen Home on Forster Street in Galway was run by the Sisters of Mercy. The original Magdalene Asylum located in Lombard Street was abandoned in 1870 and with the aid of a legacy was relocated to Forster Street. The laundry closed in 1984 and the building that housed the laundry was demolished in 1991.The Galway Architectural Heritage Inventory Study, undertaken in 1997, lists four remaining buildings within the site of the former Magdalen Laundry. Namely; the Magdalen Convent which was built between 1820-1840; the Chapel of Magdalen Convent built between 1950-1955; the Magdalen Home to the rear of the convent built between 1985-1995 and a burial ground built between 1860-1880. The Sisters of Mercy donated the property to the charity Cope Galway in 2013.
There are two discrete enclosed burial grounds located within the former property, one associated with the convent and the other with the laundry. The Magdalen Women are buried in the northern burial ground and Sisters of Mercy in the eastern burial ground close to the Forster Street boundary wall. The burial ground is surrounded by green lawn and pathways. There is a grotto located to the north of the burial ground and the former Convent chapel is sited to the north-west. The chapel is registered on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (Registration Number 30314025).
The Sisters of Mercy burial ground is surrounded by a set of railings which are set into a cut stone surround with stanchions supporting the rail from the rear. There are a total of 139 Sister’s names commemorated on 55 headstones, the oldest of the burials dates to 1900 and the most recent of the burials dates to 2016. Each of the headstones contains two or three Sister’s names. The name comprises two parts, the religious name followed by the secular surname and date of death. The Mercy cross - a cross on a cross - decorates the left-hand side of each headstone.
Dr. Jim Higgins, Heritage Officer, Galway City Council.

This project was funded by the Heritage Council and Galway City Council as an action of the Galway City Heritage Plan.

Survey documents

Graves

Photo Grave Name Surname
GA-CMFS-0001 GA-CMFS-0001
M. Kevin
M.Gabriel
Margaret Mary
Cahalan
O'Mara
Ryan
GA-CMFS-0002 GA-CMFS-0002
M. Malachy
M. Paul
M. Veronica
Joyce
Joyce
Mangan
GA-CMFS-0003 GA-CMFS-0003
M. Baptist
M. Vincent
M. Louis
Heaney
Sharkey
Keaveney
GA-CMFS-0004 GA-CMFS-0004
M. J. Ignatuis
M. Peter
M. Alphonsus
Ryan
Ryan
Coughlan
GA-CMFS-0005 GA-CMFS-0005
M. Enda
M. Angela
M. Patrick
Walsh
Walsh
Bradley
GA-CMFS-0006 GA-CMFS-0006
M. Augustine
M. Gonzaga
M. Joseph
Heston
Thynne
O'Neill
GA-CMFS-0007 GA-CMFS-0007
M. Rose
M. Josephine
M. Dominic
McDonnell
Jennings
Burton
GA-CMFS-0008 GA-CMFS-0008
M. Bernadette
M. Paschal
M. Ethna
McGlynn
Monaghan
Monaghan
GA-CMFS-0009 GA-CMFS-0009
M. Evangelist
M. Thomas
M. Gerard
Burke
Burke
Donelan
GA-CMFS-0010 GA-CMFS-0010
M. Elizabeth
M. de Sales
Coffey
Birrane
GA-CMFS-0011 GA-CMFS-0011
M. Ursula
M. Laurence
M. Celsus
Cronin
Ryan
Coughlan
GA-CMFS-0012 GA-CMFS-0012
M. Eugenius
M. Jarlath
M. Gertrude
McVeigh
Cullinane
Jennings
GA-CMFS-0013 GA-CMFS-0013
M. Bonaventure
M. Canice
M. Francis Xavier
Disken
Garvey
Newell
GA-CMFS-0014 GA-CMFS-0014
M. Brendan
M. Agnes
M. Lelia
Arundel
Sweeney
Mangan
GA-CMFS-0015 GA-CMFS-0015
M. Aloysius
M. Berchmans
M. Albertus
Callanan
Kennedy
Carroll
GA-CMFS-0016 GA-CMFS-0016
Columbanus
M. Scholastical
M. A. Madgalen
Flanagan
Farrell
Keane
GA-CMFS-0017 GA-CMFS-0017
M. Imelda
M. Teresita
Healy
Hughes
GA-CMFS-0018 GA-CMFS-0018
M. Columba
M. Colman
M. Cyprian
McGreal
Neylon
King
GA-CMFS-0019 GA-CMFS-0019
M. Raymond
M. Fidelma
Maria Goretti
Feeney
Mullins
Feeney
GA-CMFS-0020 GA-CMFS-0020
M. Clare
M. Kieran
M. Assunta
Forde
Concannon
Heavey
GA-CMFS-0021 GA-CMFS-0021
M. Catherine
M. Rosarie
M. Dympna
Connolly
Ryan
Dunning
GA-CMFS-0022 GA-CMFS-0022
M. Finbarr
M. Anthony
M. Ailbe
Fitzgerald
Roland
O'Keeffe
GA-CMFS-0023 GA-CMFS-0023
M. Aidan
M. Oliver
M. Bernardine
Fair
Comer
McMahon
GA-CMFS-0024 GA-CMFS-0024
M. Virgilius
M. Borgia
M. Fidelis
Lynch
Begley
O'Healy
GA-CMFS-0025 GA-CMFS-0025
M. Regina de
M. Bride
Burca
McNamara