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Magdalene Memorial Committee to Attend Memorial at Good Shepherd Convent
Dublin, 26th February 2004

The Magdalene Memorial Committee warmly welcomes the efforts of Limerick Councillor, John Gilligan, who has successfully campaigned to have a fitting memorial erected at Mount St. Laurence Cemetery, Limerick to honour those who died in the city's Good Shepherd Magdalene Laundry.

Mr. Gilligan saw that the mass grave of the women incarcerated in Limerick's Good Shepherd Magdalene Laundry did not have a single name to remember them by. He approached the religious authorities in Limerick, whose predecessors had buried their inmates anonymously and without due respect. Mr. Gilligan petitioned the Superior of the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Bishop to afford these ladies the dignity in death that they had been denied in life.

In her reaction to the news, PRO Claire McGettrick said, "I'm delighted to hear that for once wrongs have been recognised and have been addressed. Having one's name on a headstone is a most basic thing, one of several human rights that were stripped from the women imprisoned in Magdalene Laundries."

"I hope that all the religious orders that ran Magdalene Laundries and institutions will now follow suit and show that they are truly repentant," said Angela Murphy, Secretary of the Magdalene Memorial Committee, whose mother was in the "care" of the good sisters at High Park Laundry, Drumcondra. "We are calling on all politicians and decent people of conscience to encourage the religious authorities in their own areas of the country to do the right thing and give dignity to those who died in the captivity of the Roman Catholic Church" she added.

A commemoration service will be held on Saturday 28th February, at Mount St. Laurence Cemetery at 2.30pm. The Magdalene Memorial Committee is honoured to join the people of Limerick in remembering these extraordinary women.

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