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From top: St Patrick’s Guild adoption agency; Dr.Karl Mullen

“Unadoptable Girl’ writes:

In the coverage over the faked records and the selling of babies at St Patrick’s Guild adoption agency I’ve heard nothing of the late Dr. Karl Mullen [gynacologist and rugby legend]

It was my understanding that Dr Mullen was the agency’s medical director. He was certainly reported as being this in 1976 when he purchased the 320 acre McGrath ‘Sweepstake’ estate in County Wicklow, but I can find very little on his tenure.

Would any of your readers be able to shed any knowledge?

Anyone?

Most people want truth, not redress says campaigner; Tusla knew of illegal adoptions in 2016 (Conall Ó Fátharta and and Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner)

Yesterday: Tears Are Not Enough

Pic: RTE

11 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

  1. Parka the Otter

    Mullen has featured on Broadsheet before;

    http://www.broadsheet.ie/2015/02/02/the-ireland-that-we-dreamed-of/

    “The garda investigation and subsequent prosecution,in 1965, of Mary Keating, proprietress of St Rita’s Nursing Home Donnybrook, Dublin 4 for falsely registering the birth of a baby in her care…. Karl Mullen, gynaecologist, rugby star and grandfather of Cian and Pippa O’Connor, gave evidence of her good character… Although many children of unmarried mothers were adopted in the 1960s, with and without the help of gynaecologists, St Rita’s adoptions were unique, or almost unique, in offering the adoptive parents a birth certificate in their own names.”

  2. GiggidyGoo

    “St Rita’s adoptions were unique, or almost unique, in offering the adoptive parents a birth certificate in their own names.” Broadsheet, 2015.
    And Zappone would like us to believe it is her who is responsible for bringing this into the public domain.

    1. blonto

      Yep. This story is not old. People with any knowledge of the laundries and mother/baby homes knew this was happening…..not that they could do much about it. The church and state (incl. gardai) made sure of that.
      What a twisted country this was…..and still is in many ways. Get the church out of hospitals and schools and politics.

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