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Martin Sixsmith with Philomena Lee in Dublin last year

“A new TV series looking at Irish mothers who were forced to give up their babies for adoption is to be broadcast on BBC 2. ‘Ireland’s Lost Babies’ will be presented and led by Martin Sixsmith, the British journalist who brought the story of Philomena Lee to national attention. The series will investigate the role of Irish Catholic Churches in the adoption trade and will begin from next Wednesday (September 17) at 9pm.

New BBC series to look at Irish mothers forced to give up their babies (Katy Harrington, Irish Post)





Turlough O’Riordan writes:

“I came across an interesting first hand experience of the Chief Medical Officer visiting the Bessborough home for unmarried mothers in Cork during the Second World War. Truly barbaric I think you will sadly agree.”


philomena's oathShould you have seen the movie…

The ‘renunciation’ signed by Philomena Lee relinquishing claims on her then three-year-old son Anthony to the Superioress of Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary in 1955.

Anthony, who was born “out of wedlock”, was sold to an American couple.

Previously: Broadsheet Trailer Park: Philomena

Pic via  ‘Philomena’ by Martin Sixsmith

Thanks R