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




Ireland | Germany



Release Date:

2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Taylor: The Magdalen Martyrs See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)
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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 »


Cody Farraher: How is she? Your mam, I mean.
Jack Taylor: Doing jigs and reels. She's had a stroke, how do you think she is?
Cody Farraher: You want to talk about it?
Jack Taylor: I'm an Irish male. I've got one coping mechanism: repression.
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Followed by Jack Taylor: The Guards (2010) See more »


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Evil at a Girl's Home
28 September 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

We get a snapshot of Jack's past in this episode. His estrangement from his mother is at the center. There seems to be genuine hatred between them, but it's hard to tell what is the cause. Most of the story revolves around the Magdalen Home where "wayward" girls were kept. They were abused by a nun whom they referred to as "Lucifer." Jack is asked by a woman to investigate the murder for hire killing of her teenage son. There seems no reason for it. Jack knows the family and they can't get their arms around the death. It gets even worse. A gangland type seems at the center. He is dying and still is full of vengeance and hatred. Jack is known to him and is becoming a threat. But why? Once again, Taylor is treated as a person of interest. There are a series of flashbacks that explain the events at the girl's home and the relationship becomes quite complicated.

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