Dr. Halliday Sutherland

"Dr. Halliday Sutherland is a born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better” – G.K. Chesterton

Magdalene Laundry

This page provides a guide to Dr Sutherland’s visit to the Magdalene Laundry at Galway in April 1955 and provides links to the materials on this site.


Dr Halliday Sutherland visits the Mother and Baby Home at Tuam and the Magdalene Laundry at Galway.

Permission to visit to the Galway Laundry was granted by the Bishop of Galway on condition that anything Sutherland wrote would be subject to the approval of the Mother Superior.


Sutherland sends his manuscript to the Mother Superior. She returns it with her alterations on 13th October 1955.


“Irish Journey” by Dr Halliday Sutherland published. He keeps his word and the censored version of his visit to the Galway Laundry is included in the book.


Ann Ferris T.D. article for the The Journal is published. My brother mentions the article to me.


Dr Sutherland’s papers are found. They include the uncensored manuscript. I contact Ann Ferris to let her know.


Ann Ferris’ speech in the Dáil Éireannon mentions the manuscript and how they fit into the “large jigsaw puzzle known as ‘religious Ireland'”.


The newspaper articles published about the discovery of the manuscript are shown in the section labelled “In the media”.

Mark Sutherland
Curator, hallidaysutherland.com

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