Friday May 29, 2020

Elaine Byrne: We knew about the Tuam babies scandal

When we rebury these babies, can we paint their cots with flowers?

5th March, 2017
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Tuam mother and baby home infant deaths. The grounds where the unmarked mass grave containing the remains of nearly 800 infants who died at the Bon Secours mother-and-baby home in Tuam Co Galway from 1925-1961 rests. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Burying babies was always different. The coffins were too big.

These were the most terrible days of undertaking for my family. My mother would make the box herself. She would spend the night alone delicately putting it together. The inside was cradled with ribbons and a soft baby blue or pink blanket, depending. The outside was tenderly painted with flowers. My mother has seven children, and this was never a coffin or a box to...

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