The terribly depressing building below was run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland, over a period of 36 years, between 1925 and 1961. It was a home for single mothers and their children. It also hid a horrifying secret, which has now been revealed.
The bodies of 796 babies have been interred on unconsecrated ground without headstones or coffins right next to the home. They have suffered malnutrition and neglect, which caused the deaths of many of the babies, while others died of measles, convulsions, TB, gastroenteritis and pneumonia.
The mass grave has been discovered by a local woman — Catherine Corless — who went on to compile the records of 796 babies who died at the home. She said:
There was just one child who was buried in a family plot in the graveyard in Tuam. That’s how I am certain there are 796 children in the mass grave. These girls were run out of their family home and never taken back, so why would they take the babies back to bury them, either?
Just an awful, terrible story…
1. The bodies of 796 babies and children are believed to lie next to the former children’s home at Tuam, Co. Galway.
2. The scandal of the babies in the mass grave was discovered by local historian, Catherine Corless.
3. Her two sons were placed in the Mother and Baby home at Tuam and both are recorded as having died there.
4. Children at the tea room at Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary eat under the stern gaze of a nun.
5. The home, which opened in 1930, had an astonishingly high infant mortality rate.
6. Babies and children enjoy the sunshine outside the children’s home at Sean Ross Abbey.
7. Children in the playroom at Sean Ross Abbey: Such homes for “fallen women” and their children existed across Ireland.
8. The homes were run by nuns, both from the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.
9. The mothers of children given up for adoption by nuns are now calling for more information about their babies.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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