The former mother and Baby Home at Bessborough, Blackrock, County Cork
Further to publication last week of a report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission which revealed that some 900 children died at the Bessborough home in Cork.
Via Conall Ó Fátharta in the Irish Examiner:
The report on burials practices in mother and baby homes is to be referred to An Garda Síochána to see if any of the issues raised warrant criminal investigation.
….The burial locations of more than 800 infants [at Bessborough] — including some 470 infants on the order’s own death register as revealed by the Irish Examiner — remain unknown.
…The commission was scathing in its criticism of the order that ran the institution — the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary — stating that the affidavit it supplied on burial arrangements was “in many respects, speculative, inaccurate, and misleading”.
Meanwhile, last month, without warning, workers ploughed up waste ground around a castle folly at Bessborough – where survivors believe the Bessborough babies are buried.
The Girls of Bessborough.
An illustrated, long-form essay by Deirdre Finnerty for the BBC World Service on the now grown women who were raised at Bessborough.
Illustration: Charlotte Edey