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McAlpine's Fusiliers is an Irish ballad set to a traditional air, popularised in the early 1960s by Dominic Behan (not written by him as he often claimed). The song relates to the migration of Irish labourers from Ireland to Britain during the 20th century. The ballad's title refers to the eponymous construction company of Sir Robert McAlpine, a major employer of Irish workmen at the time. This I think is one of the better versions as - lyrics included - so you can 'sing a long'.

 

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Mary Coughlan. The Magdalene Laundry

The Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, also known as Magdalene asylums, were institutions usually run by Roman Catholic orders, which operated from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. They were run ostensibly to house "fallen women", an estimated 30,000 of whom were confined in these institutions in Ireland. In 1993, unmarked graves of 155 women were uncovered in the convent grounds of one of the laundries.[1][2] This led to media revelations about the operations of the secretive institutions. A formal state apology was issued in 2013, and a £50 million compensation scheme for survivors was set up by the Irish Government. The religious orders which operated the laundries have rejected activist demands that they financially contribute to this programme.[3]

 

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13 hours ago, Quinn said:

The Magdalene Laundries in Ireland

Fascinating.   Society might very well be better off with more Prostitutes and less Priests!   Perhaps it is the Nuns who need to be rehabilitated and allowed to fulfill  their natural desires.

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