Magdalen Laundry, Forster St, Galway

Magdalen Laundry, Forster St, Galway
Graveyard name: 
Magdalen Laundry, Forster St, Galway
Graveyard Code: 
GA-MLFS

Location

Forster Street
Galway, Galway
Ireland
53° 16' 34.0716" N, 9° 2' 41.7696" W
Notes: 

The Magdalen laundry in Galway was founded by a Mrs Lynch in 1824 and was managed by a lay society known as the Association of Ladies of the Saint Magdalene Society. Following Mrs Lynch’s death in 1854, the Sisters of Mercy became responsible for the operation of the institution. The original Magdalen 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 buildings that housed the laundry were demolished in 1991.
There are two discrete enclosed burial grounds located within the former property, both are associated with the convent and laundry. The Magdalen Women are buried in the northern burial ground which dates to after 1873 and Mercy Nuns in the eastern burial ground which dates to after 1893. The Magdalen Women’s burial ground is located in the grounds of the former combined Convent and Laundry. All of the headstones are set against the northern boundary wall and were erected in the last 5 years, replacing some older memorials. 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-MLFS-0001 GA-MLFS-0001
Margaret
Mary
Sarah
Bridget
Mary
Kate
Margaret
Mary
Mary
Essie
Collins
Cooke
McDonagh
Reddington
Ryan
Shea
Walsh
Tighe
Joyce
Sullivan
GA-MLFS-0002 GA-MLFS-0002
Melina
Mary
Monica
Mary
Maria
Philomena
Justina
Josephine
Margaret
Thais
Anne
Lyons
O'Connor
Gordon
Tierney
Goodwin
Harris
Togher
Redmond
Sheehan
Sweeney
Traynor
GA-MLFS-0003 GA-MLFS-0003
Annie
Mary
Nora
Mary
Rebecca
Palagia
Xaverius
Magdalen
Mary
Mary
Deane
Jordan
Callaghan
O'Connell
Smith
Corcoran
Dunne
Owens
Sayers
Moloney
GA-MLFS-0004 GA-MLFS-0004
Molly
Nora
Cora
Mary Anne
Annie
Katie
Mary
Brigid
Annie
Nora
Sullivan
Harrison
Bailey
Flannagan
Beachy
Adams
McCaffrey
Galbally
Staunton
Corless