The Magdalene Sisters

This isn't exactly crucial to the plot of the film, but the most starling revelation is that the Magdalene asylums remained in operation until 1996! They weren't closed due to public outcry over the poor treatment of the girls, either; they were closed because by 1996, most homes in Ireland had their own washing machines, and the laundry labor of the "sisters" was no longer necessary.

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