20 episodes

On a calm, clear Tuesday night in February 2013, a long line of Irish women in their 60s, 70s and 80s stood side by side on the plinth outside Government buildings in Ireland. These women were survivors of the notorious Magdalene Laundries. On behalf of the State and its people, the leader of their country had apologised for all they had endured.
 
In the midst of that group of women stood a young man in his 20s named Steven O’Riordan. Steven isn’t the son of a Magdalene survivor. He isn’t a human rights activist. He is the ‘accidental’ campaigner who fought to have these women and their stories recognised.
 
The Magdalenes and I is the extraordinary story of how one young man met with and campaigned for 100s of Magdalene survivors. It reveals in shocking detail the trauma the women suffered with exclusive never heard before interviews given by survivors and their family members. It pieces together the highs and lows of what it was like for Steven and the women he met to expose the truth, fight for justice and triumph against all the odds. 


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The Magdalenes and I Steven O'Riordan

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

On a calm, clear Tuesday night in February 2013, a long line of Irish women in their 60s, 70s and 80s stood side by side on the plinth outside Government buildings in Ireland. These women were survivors of the notorious Magdalene Laundries. On behalf of the State and its people, the leader of their country had apologised for all they had endured.
 
In the midst of that group of women stood a young man in his 20s named Steven O’Riordan. Steven isn’t the son of a Magdalene survivor. He isn’t a human rights activist. He is the ‘accidental’ campaigner who fought to have these women and their stories recognised.
 
The Magdalenes and I is the extraordinary story of how one young man met with and campaigned for 100s of Magdalene survivors. It reveals in shocking detail the trauma the women suffered with exclusive never heard before interviews given by survivors and their family members. It pieces together the highs and lows of what it was like for Steven and the women he met to expose the truth, fight for justice and triumph against all the odds. 


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    Steven: In His Own Words

    Steven: In His Own Words

    It’s 2006, and Steven has graduated from Bath Spa University UK. Inspired by Peter Mullen’s film The Magdalene Sisters, Steven is fascinated by the story of the Magdalene Laundries. However, one quick Google search by Steven changes everything.


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    • 13 min
    The Bodies

    The Bodies

    Dublin, 1993. As day breaks word begins to spread that 155 Magdalene women are to be exhumed from a Dublin Magdalene Laundry run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. The scandal brings shame on the Religious Order but the headlines soon disappear and so do the women’s stories. One Magdalene woman is reclaimed by her family. This is their story. 


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    • 10 min
    Helping Maureen

    Helping Maureen

    It’s Friday night and Steven is watching the Late Late Show when a surprise phone call lifts him from his seat. It’s Maureen Sullivan a survivor from the Good Shepherd Magdalene Laundry in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Maureen wants justice for what she suffered and Steven promises to do what he can to help her. Their friendship and Maureen’s story ignites a passion and a determination by Steven to expose the truth by making his first feature-length documentary.  


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    • 12 min
    Mary and the Movies

    Mary and the Movies

    It’s the summer of 2007 and Steven meets with Mary Norris, an outspoken Magdalene survivor who opens his eyes to the horror of the asylums. Could someone really end up in a Magdalene Laundry just because they went to the movies without permission? 


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    • 14 min
    Empty Buildings Full of Memories

    Empty Buildings Full of Memories

    Impacted by Mary Norris’s story, Steven visits the Good Shepherd Magdalene Laundry in Sunday’s Well Cork. An unexpected accident reveals much deeper wounds about the Laundry's past. As a result Steven writes to the four Religious Orders who ran the Magdalene Laundries throughout Ireland asking if he could meet with any survivors who were left behind.  


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    • 10 min
    An Orphan in Dublin

    An Orphan in Dublin

    After reaching out to the London Irish Centre in the UK Steven speaks with survivor Mary King who was abandoned on the street in Dublin and put into a home in County Westmeath by the courts. Mary talks about the devastation she suffered while in the institutions and the pain of losing and rediscovering her family. 


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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

21SJf ,

The women of Mag

Absolutely wonderful documentary 💕. Thank you so much for following your heart.
I experienced a nuns cold heart following the birth of a son I was placing for adoption in 1976. “I should not see him!” She stated in the delivery room.
I had a birth plan, lucky for me the younger woman who was my coach verified that with me. “I will be taking care of him while we are in the hospital,I raised up and stated from the delivery table! “
I even nursed my baby.
I was put on a floor for those having female surgeries. I went down to the nursery for 4 days and spent all the time I could.

Years later we reunited when he was 29. He completed suicide at 35. Adoption had taken a hard toll on him.

The book, The girls that went away,
is a similar story of pregnant women, many in their teens, who were mistreated by the Catholic Church.
It’s almost as if they detested young women. Besides the raping/sexual abuse of young boys/men, it’s a wonder there is even a Catholic Church allowed to exist!
They should be ashamed of the past!! They won’t honestly admit wrong doing in the harming of all they have done to mankind, in the name of God.

Bless those who are speaking out!
May you receive peace and understanding from all those around you. ❤️

Sally, Wisconsin USA.

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