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Fri Aug 7, 2020, 10:26 AM

How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene

tís almost impossible to think of my childhood in 1980s Dublin and not to think about Elsie. Elsie, my great aunt, was hilarious, caring, kind hearted, and good natured. But there was a strange, childlike innocence about her.

She was, I would later figure out, institutionalised by a totalitarian regime that had corruption and cruelty built into its DNA.

When we normally think of the Magdalene laundry scandals, the era most of us tend to associate it with is the Catholic theocracy of the 1950s. Black and white photos of women with scowls on their faces and nuns in white robes. Itís something we recognise from films. But not something we associate with modern Ireland.

As recently as the 1980s and 1990s, though, I remember witnessing at first hand, this world, where fervent religiosity melded with an invisible, and profitable economy. Elsie lived, and worked, in one of those infamous convent homes.

http://littleatoms.com/penance-industry

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Sherman A1 Aug 7 OP
RainCaster Aug 7 #1
Sherman A1 Aug 7 #3
crickets Aug 7 #2
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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 11:15 AM

1. Great article- worth the time to read!

I was appalled. I never knew about this part of Ireland's history. It's rather dark and awful.

Thanks for sharing that.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 04:59 PM

3. My pleasure

It is a long article but I felt it worth the read myself and likewise worth sharing.

Truly a sad situation for those exploited by this heinous system.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 04:56 PM

2. I have never heard of this before. I am agog that it went on for so long and so recently.

That so many want to sweep it under the rug and have it forgotten isn't surprising at all. Good for the journalist who refused to give up on this story, insisting that it be told. Thanks for posting this, Sherman.

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Response to crickets (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 05:00 PM

4. Likewise I had not heard of it.

but I am glad that I now have. Thanks for taking the time to read through the piece.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 05:14 PM

5. It was well worth the read. Once begun, I had to finish it. nt

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