Life And Death In Sean Ross


The nursery at the Sean Ross Abbey Mother and Baby Home (top) and as it is today (above). Two children died from heat exhaustion as cots  were regularly placed outdoors

Archive materiel from Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home obtained by Justice for Magdalenes recording  the births, deaths and adoptions (by fee or no fee) at the home in the 1950s and some of the 1960s.

The abbey  in Roscrea, County Tipperary was a mother and baby home from 1930 to 1970 run by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Yesterday it was revealed that a total of 1024 children died at the home with 455 deaths listed as ‘heart failure‘ and  a further 128 children dying from severe malnutrition.

Meanwhile, an Aljazeera investigation claimed a sewage system was built on the site where children are buried.

Yesterday: Worse Than Tuam

3 thoughts on “Life And Death In Sean Ross

  1. GiggidyGoo

    The two last columns. The left columns don’t have the word ‘patients’ there. The right ones does – and there’s a distinction as to whether they’re maintained or not by the Local Authority. Why are they referred to as ‘patients’ in one column, but not in the other?

  2. Ragamuffin

    Genuine question: why don’t the Gardai investigate these deaths? If it only closed in the 70s, then surely some of the staff must be still alive. How can that many children be let die (and in some cases be killed) and nobody is held accountable?

    We look back now and think: how was that let happen & why did nobody intervene? And yet are we not doing the same thing again? All so that the Catholic Church are protected. Plus ca change.

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