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Do Penance or PerishMagdalen Asylums in Ireland$
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Frances Finnegan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174601.001.0001

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“Do Penance or Perish”

“Do Penance or Perish”

Prostitution, The Contagious Diseases Acts and the Good Shepherd Magdalen Asylum, Cork

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Do Penance or Perish

Frances Finnegan

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A small Catholic Magdalen Asylum in 1809 was founded in Peacock Lane, Cork, by a Mr. Terry. A Matron governed the institution under the direction of a committee of ladies, that so many difficulties were encountered that it was eventually decided to place the Home in the care of a religious community. The Irish Sisters of Charity were invited to undertake the work and following extensive negotiations, and the completion of their new Convent, St. Vincent's, which was built on the Asylum's grounds, they finally took charge of the Home in June 1846. The Contagious Diseases legislation is discussed in detail. Two Homes which had been opened in Cork in Ireland, a Catholic Magdalen Asylum (1809) and a Protestant Refuge (1810), are also described.

Keywords:   Contagious Diseases Act, Good Shepherd Magdalen Asylum, Cork, prostitution, Ireland, Catholic Magdalen Asylum, Protestant Refuge

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