The Cover-Up at High Park Magdalene Laundry, Dublin
The faces of the past always comes back to haunt us, the past must not be easily forgotten. And please let’s be clear these Women and Children were murdered, why else would the Nuns dispose of the dead through cremation, the 155 newly discovered bodies of the Women and Children when they were found, really, the only excuse offered to cremate the bodies would be to destroy the forensic evidence to cover up an atrocious mass crime.
The Good Sister, were on a roll, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity sold a tract of land for £1.5m from the same High Park Convent Magdalene Laundry, Dublin, to developers in early 1993. The Building which housed the Laundry was sold seven years later in the year 2000 for €6.68m, and finally six years later in 2006 the rest of the land was sold to Barina Construction, (How ironic Barina Construction, once a significant major developer in Dublin is now placed in receivership by Nama.) which paid €55m for a 2.7-hectare green area inside the compound, for a grand total of €63,180,000 million euros for The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. Not bad when you consider that the Convent and Magdalene Laundry used slave labour, both women and children for free, never paid out a red cent to any of the slaves that worked for them and got away with mass murder. So in 1993 the developers moved into the tract of land they bought to develop and the horrified construction workers found a dark secret burial pit where 133 women were buried in a secret underground vault and another 22 were discovered nearby by accident. The good Nuns conveniently forgot their were secret burial pits on that part of their land.
The outraged construction workers found that many of the bodies of the women and children were buried with their broken bones still in plaster-casts on their ankles, elbows, wrists, and hands, when they were dumped in the communal pit. One of the bodies was headless and the head was never found. Why these bodies had casts on them is no mystery as these women were serving penal servitude for life because they were found to have had sexual relations without the express permission of the Irish Catholic Church. The workers stopped working while an outraged property developer called the Nuns, who then called the Archbishop of Dublin for help, the Archbishop of Dublin, called a friend in the Irish Government, who then called a friend a Superintendent in An Garda Síochána, the whole thing was covered up quickly.
The Department of the Environment called in and ordered the Undertakers to exhuming the bodies of 133 women and children at the notorious Sisters of Our Lady of Charity convent, than the Undertakers took out 133 bodies of women and children out of the ground and by accident the Undertakers dug deeper after they were told there was no more bodies by the Nuns, but one of the Undertakers kept digging and digging and found another 22 other unknown bodies. And almost 60 of the deaths at one of the now at this infamous Magdalene Laundry in Dublin were never registered. The shocking revelations did prompt calls for a Garda probe into who these Women and Children were, and how they died and buried, but to no avail. The Department of the Environment granted a special licence to the Nuns for the removal and cremation of the bodies at nearby Glasnevin Cemetery. But the poor Undertakers who began removing the bodies found an extra 22 bodies, in another pit. It is claimed that when they were discovered, the Department of the Environment simply issued an extra licence covering the other 22 remains and did not launch an investigation into who they were. Failing to register a death is a criminal offence in Ireland, except when it come to the Irish Catholic Church. But of the 133 original bodies, just 75 death certificates existed. All 155 bodies were removed and all but one of the woman were cremated. They can now NEVER be identified in the event of a investigation into their deaths. The then Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell was asked to initiate a criminal investigation into the unregistered and unexplained deaths. A spokeswoman said: “That’s a matter for the Garda.” A Garda spokesman said: “There will be no investigation into these unexplained deaths at the moment, it is really a problem for the Irish Catholic Church, nothing to do with us the Irish Police spokesman said to astonished reporters.
The Department of the Environment was reported as saying that “no trace” forms were issued for 34 of the dead women and it could not search for the identities of 24 others because of “insufficient details.” In the case of the 34 women, the department added: “It appears that the statutory registration procedures were not complied with at the time of their deaths.” Of the 22 extra bodies, it said it only had details of 14 of them. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity defended its actions. Spokeswoman Sister Ann Marie Ryan, said “that the exhumation and re-interring of all 155 women was “approved by all relevant authorities”. She added: “We have had no queries from families about our decision in the intervening time”. One family took the remains of a deceased relative to a family plot at the time. The remaining 154 were respectfully cremated and laid to rest at a secret ceremony.” The secret of the unidentified women, and many others whose dignity was ignored both in life and death, lies in a double grave in Glasnevin. It may never be known who they were.
A grey headstone marked “St Mary’s High Park, In Loving Memory Of” features 175 names and dates of death, the first in 1858, the last December 1994. But the names on the headstone bear little resemblance to the list supplied to the Department of the Environment by the nuns to secure the exhumation licence. So we have a total of 330 bodies, of woman and children but not many names, and maybe according to the construction workers a few other pits were even more bodies are still secretly buried. The Nuns got their blood money.
Only 27 of the names and dates correctly match up.The Nuns’ willingness to opt for quick cremation has also been questioned, it was viewed by many as a act of desperation to cover up the heinous crimes and mutilation of the bodies of the women and children. The powerful Irish Catholic Church rush into defensive mode immediately by using its powerful influence in the background very effectively to hid the reprehensible crimes on behalf of the Nuns and also to shut down any potential official inquiry by cremating the 155 newly discovered bodies, the Irish Catholic Church knew, that Corpus delicti was and is one of the most important concepts in a murder investigation. When a person disappears and a body cannot be produced the many investigative agencies cannot initiate a case. If, during the course of the investigation, detectives believe that he/she has been murdered, then a "body" of evidentiary items, including physical, demonstrative and testimonial evidence, must be obtained to establish that the missing person has indeed been murdered before a suspect, (The Nuns) can be charged with murder. The best and easiest evidence establishment in these cases is the physical body of the deceased. No body, no crime was the motto of many in the Irish Catholic Church at the time with ample enablers in both An Garda Síochána (the Irish Police) and the Irish Government. The site, High Park Convent Magdalene Laundry, in Dublin, of the newly discovered 155 bodies was quickly covered up and rebuild on, so that forensic evidence would be forever lost. Both An Garda Síochána (the Irish Police) and the Irish Government collude with the powerful Irish Catholic Church to shut down any investigation. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity immediately started to burn any official documentation they had stored or they could locate in their archives, this is why little is known about the 155 bodies of women and children discovered on their land. The corrupt Irish Catholic Church began to wage every effort to tarnish any opposition should it surface.
The powerful Irish Catholic Church has always frowned upon the practice of cremation preferring burial instead. For most of its history, the Roman Catholic Church had a ban against cremation. It was seen as the most sacrilegious act towards Christians and God not simply blaspheming but physically declaring a disbelief in the resurrection of the body. To this day the Irish Catholic Church still officially prefers the traditional interment of the deceased. Despite this preference, cremation is now permitted as long as it is not done to express a refusal to believe in the resurrection of the body.
What was even more scandalous was the Nuns did not even appear to know the names of many of the women buried in their pits on their Convent grounds, listing them as Magdalene of St Cecilia, Magdalene of Lourdes, and so on and on. The final number so callously disturbed from their resting place was 155. All had died as slaves in the service of the Nuns, working long hours in their large commercial laundry for no pay, locked away by a patriarchal church and society ruthlessly determined to control women’s sexuality.
Below is a list of the known names of the Women & Children who were dumped within the secret burial pits on the grounds of High Park Convent Magdalene Laundry, Dublin & later exhumed when the criminal Nun’s sold the land to developers. Of 133 bodies only 75 death certificates were found to exist. It was and remains a criminal offence in the State of Ireland to fail to register a birth that occurs in one’s premises, but in Ireland as is now known, secular law does not apply to Church property, it never did, only Cannon Law. All but one of the bodies was cremated and re-interred in Glasnevin cemetery. Owen Felix O’Neill
THESE ARE THE NAMES OF THE CHILDREN AS FOLLOWS:
THESE ARE THE NAMES OF THE WOMEN AS FOLLOWS: