Jack Taylor (2010)
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The Magdalen Martyrs 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | Episode aired 2010
Galway Private Investigator JACK TAYLOR is hired by the daughter of a former inmate of the infamous Magdalen Laundries to find the identity of a former nun, known only as LUCIFER, who was ... See full summary »


Stuart Orme




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Iain Glen ... Jack Taylor
Nora-Jane Noone ... Kate Noonan
Killian Scott ... Cody Farraher
Nate Reynolds Nate Reynolds ... Damien Flood
Ger Carey Ger Carey ... Michael Neville
Dairíne Ní Dhonnchú ... Maggie McCarthy (as Darine Ní Dhonnchadha)
Conor Nolan Conor Nolan ... Casey
Frank O'Sullivan Frank O'Sullivan ... Superintendent Clancy
Nick Lee ... Detective Kavanagh
Philip Cribbin Philip Cribbin ... Church Receptionist
Paraic Breathnach Paraic Breathnach ... Father Malachy
Midie Corcoran Midie Corcoran ... Jeff
Muireann Bird Muireann Bird ... Geraldine
Ionia Ní Chróinín Ionia Ní Chróinín ... Louise
Josie Carlin Josie Carlin ... Mary


Galway Private Investigator JACK TAYLOR is hired by the daughter of a former inmate of the infamous Magdalen Laundries to find the identity of a former nun, known only as LUCIFER, who was notorious for taking pleasure in torturing the girls. Jack has hardly begun his inquiries when he is warned off by local hard man BILL CASSELL. He also uncovers a seeming cover up when files which might have revealed the nun's identity are missing from Church Recored. The case grows more complicated when Jack discovers a connection between the execution style murders of two young men and the nun, Lucifer. Apparently someone is out to avenge themselves on Lucifer by killing those she holds dearest: Her nephews. What seemed like a simple case turns even more complicated for Jack when he accidentally causes the death of Bill Cassell's henchman. Now, not only are the Guards after Jack for his involvement in the henchman's death, but Bill wants a piece of him as well. It's a race against time for Jack to ... Written by Marteinn Thorisson

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Crime | Drama


Did You Know?


In conversation about their latest case Jack asks Cody if he has heard of The Magdalene laundries to which Cody replies that he has 'seen the movie'. Nora-Jane Noone (Garda Kate Noonan) made her debut as Bernadette in Peter Mullan's 2002 film "The Magdalene Sisters". See more »


Father Malachy: [greets Jack at the door] Ah, Jack! Didn't recognise you without a pint in your hand.
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Followed by Jack Taylor: Purgatory (2010) See more »


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8 February 2014 | by bogoflanagan44See all my reviews

The script was superb as was the acting. The ending was not ambiguous. Kate sings a song about love which could be interpreted as singing to Jack. However, it's meaning to him evokes a feeling about his mother. He rushes to the hospital and in a gesture of great forgiveness and love, he takes her hand. She has had a stroke and cannot talk, therefore the scene is poignant and touching. Especially as she has been seen in previous scenes as a cold heartless person who has nothing but criticism for her son. After finding out about her experiences in the Magdalen Laundries through the diary of another girl, the way she lived her life makes sense to him. The depiction of the experiences of girls within the Magdalen institution are shown in flashback and are extremely powerful. As are also the funerals of the two boys which show Irish customs perfectly. Iain Glenn's performance is understated, but feels totally realistic - when Cody asks him if he wants to talk about his feelings, he says something like - I'm an Irish male and we use repression.

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2010 (USA) See more »

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Jack Taylor: The Magdalen Martyrs See more »


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