With Philomena


Philomena Lee (above fourth right) with members of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance at the grave  (top) of Philomena’s son Michael Hess (born Anthony) 


Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, County Tipperary.

Tuam survivors joined the annual pilgrimage taken by Philomena Lee a to commemorate her forcibly-adopted son ‘Anthony’.

Anthony was sold to an American couple and he arranged to be buried at the Abbey in the hope that his mother would find his grave.

Philomena’s story was dramatised in a 2013 film starring Judi Dench,

Breeda Murphy, of the Tuam and Baby Home Alliance, writes:

We attended the Memorial yesterday at Sean Ross where Philomena was in attendance with her daughter Jane. She truly is an incredible lady. Returning year on year to speak at the event remembering her beloved son, Anthony known as Michael Hess who is buried on the site.


Pics: Breeda Murphy

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