Fionnuala Hughes
BA (Hons) Filmmaking

An exploration into women’s place in Ireland, post Magdalene Laundries. These workhouses ran by the Catholic Church in Ireland kept “fallen women”, forcing them to clean linens and church garments to repent their sins and earn their place back in heaven. This film examines to what little extent attitudes towards women have changed two decades on since the final closure of the Laundries in 1996. Touching upon themes of Irish mythology, modern Irish republican ideals and the constitution itself which still firmly states a woman’s place is within the home to visually represent my experience as a woman in Ireland today and bring awareness to those before me.