Modh Eile House

New home for COPE Galway’s Domestic Abuse Service

Remember, Respect & Record

COPE Galway Magdalen Women of Galway booklet cover

The Magdalen Women of Galway

COPE Galway respectfully remember and record the history of the Magdalen Laundry in Galway as we prepare to renovate the convent building for its new State of the Art Domestic Abuse Service.

We are very mindful of and respect the history of the Magdalen Laundries in Galway and Ireland and we are conscious that the associations with the Laundry are painful and still very much a part of people’s lives. This project to Remember, Respect and Record is our way of paying tribute to this history.

Read “The Madgelen Women of Galway Booklet”


Read the booklet launch press release for more information on the ‘Remember, Respect & Record’ booklet and the redevelopment of the convent building.

A new home for our Domestic Abuse Service

No. 47 Forster Street was donated to COPE Galway by the Sisters of Mercy and is being redeveloped to accommodate a modern state of the art Domestic Abuse Service to meet the needs of women and children in Galway City and County and the wider western region.

Increasing our Domestic Abuse Refuge and Support capacity

Our current facility at Waterside House has been in use since the 1980’s and has very limited capacity, accommodating just 6 women and 15 children based on single room bedsit type accommodation for whole families. It cannot facilitate on-site cooking, or an outdoor play area for children and is need of modernisation and refurbishment.

There is an obvious need for a fit for purpose, larger domestic abuse refuge where women and children will have a place of safety away from the violence and abuse in their home.

Our vision is to see 47 Forster Street redeveloped as this facility, providing a safe space where lives are rebuilt and women and children can be free from violence and abuse within their relationships, and supported by communities to access their rights to safety and security.

In 2017, COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service in Waterside House supported 339 women and 214 children.

The number of women, including mothers with children, seeking refuge and support is increasing.

The new, larger Forster Street facility means we will be able to support more women and children.

The new building will have increased capacity and facilities for accommodation and support including;

  • A refuge with 9 self-contained accommodation units with the capacity to accommodate at least 9 women and 20 children
  • A fit for purpose childcare unit with facilities and sufficient space to work with children ages 0 to 18 years
  • One to one consultation rooms, a group meeting/training room and office space for outreach services
  • Office, communal spaces and meeting rooms attached to the refuge to facilitate support work with women and children resident in the refuge

Funding Appeal

Will you help us create a safe place for women and children in Galway who need support and refuge from abusive homes?

The redevelopment of the new COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Refuge and Support Service requires funding of over €4 million.

Funding to date:

  • €2.34m – Capital Funding received from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
  • €600,000 – Lead gift donated by an anonymous donor
  • €195,000 – donation pledged
We need to raise €1,000,000 to complete the project.


For more information about the new refuge and opportunities to support the redevelopment project, contact:

Sharon Fitzpatrick, Head of Development, COPE Galway
Phone 091 778 750 or email

COPE Galway new Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge fundraising appeal


COPE Galway launched plans for a new Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge for the women and children of Galway. No 47 Forster Street was very kindly donated to COPE Galway by the Sisters of Mercy and is being redeveloped to accommodate a modern state of the art Domestic Abuse Service.