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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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The Good Shepherd Magdalen Asylum, Cork (part 2)

The Good Shepherd Magdalen Asylum, Cork (part 2)

(p.197) 7 The Good Shepherd Magdalen Asylum, Cork (part 2)
Do Penance or Perish

Frances Finnegan

Oxford University Press

In February 1883, the Good Shepherd Monastery in Sunday's Well lost its most generous benefactor when Richard Devereux, the Mother Superior's uncle, died, ending his initial contribution of £4,000 towards the cost of the Cork buildings. The donations to the Convents were a vital source of income, and the loss of benefactors such as Richard Devereux and the two founders of the Home, was a severe blow. Contributing to the Cork Asylum's pressing financial difficulties were the costly improvements and decorations which continued to be performed in the Chapel. By 1911, the financial difficulties of the Cork Foundation (there was now a debt of at least £10,000, with large interest repayments) led to a Public Appeal. Commentary in the local press indicates that even with the passing of the Victorian era, there was little change in Irish society's attitude to the “social evil”, a constant feature of Rescue literature, from its beginnings in the mid eighteenth century, until well after the First World War.

Keywords:   Good Shepherd Magdalen Asylum, Cork, debt, Rescue literature, benefactors

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