Further to the front page story in the Irish Mail on Sunday, by Alison O’Reilly, at the weekend – about how it’s believed almost 800 babies were buried in a mass grave next to a home for unmarried mothers and babies in Tuam, Co. Galway between 1925 and 1961 – three newspaper clippings about the home.
The first is a photo of children from Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, the prior location to the Children’s Home in Tuam, Co Galway in 1924, published in the Connaught Tribune on June 21, 1924. The move to Tuam was supposed to lead to an improvement in conditions for the children. The Glenamaddy Children’s Home was declared “insanitary and unsuitable for such a purpose” by the Department of Local Government and Public Health in 1924 and the home moved to Tuam in 1925.
The second is an ad for a contract for coffins for the Children’s Home, published in the Connaught Tribune on January 30, 1932.
And the third is an article detailing how much the Galway Board of Health paid the Bon Secours nuns “per inmate”.
In Sunday’s article (not online), Ms O’Reilly reported how the mass grave was discovered by local woman Catherine Corless who compiled a list of 796 babies who died at the home.
Ms O’Reilly reported:
“With the help of the Births and Deaths Registrar in Galway, Mrs Corless researched all the children whose place of death was marked ‘Children’s Home, Tuam’. Galway County Council has all the cemetery books for Mayo and Galway and with the help of the archivist there, Mrs Corless cross-checked the names against the grave records. Mrs Corless said: ‘There was just one child who was buried in the graveyard in Tuam. That’s how I am certain there are 796 children in the mass grave. These girls were ran out of their family home and never taken back so why would they take the babies back to bury them either’.”
Blessed are the archivists.