Ireland’s lost boys and girls

The epidemic of illegal adoptions in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, where birth certs were falsified, is a shattering story that is slowly coming to light. Here, two women put up for adoption at birth tell their stories

3rd June, 2018
Dolores Quinlan’s birth cert names her adoptive parents as her birth parents, which shows it was falsified Pic: Bryan Meade

If it wasn’t for a random act of decency, Joanne might never have found out who she is. After a private nursing home on the North Circular Road in Dublin was closed down in the 1990s, a passer-by found a green ledger paper in a skip and picked it up. On further inspection, the person discovered it was a file on babies and details of their adoptions.

It contained eight lines about Joanne,...

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