Magdalena Laundry by John Gibbs

Patricia Devlin

rr mag11 by Rachael Romero

Last week I was contacted by an Irish composer called John Gibbs. John, who is originally from Dublin but living in Frankfurt, has written a number of beautiful, touching and heart rendering songs based on the Magdalene and mother and baby institution scandal here in Ireland. His songs are unlike any I have ever heard before.

After speaking with him on Friday I found out he is actually working on a project in tribute to the women and children who found themselves inside those institutions. And he has been working very closely with inspirational campaigner and researcher Catherine Corless who uncovered the Tuam baby scandal.

He sent me a number of tracks that are set to be included in the project (which won’t be completed until May) including one titled Magdalena Laundry. The song really captures the inescapable pain endured by many women and children enslaved in…

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