Friday September 25, 2020

Giving a voice to Tuam’s dispossessed

The Tuam Oral History Project provides survivors of Ireland’s institutional system with a way to ensure that the cruel treatment of unmarried mothers and their children can never be denied or forgotten

8th August, 2020
A woman reads the names of some of the 796 babies who died at Tuam mother and baby home as a vigil takes place to coincide with the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 2018. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At 76, Peter Mulryan still finds it difficult to talk about the past. He is adamant, though, that what happened in places like the Tuam mother and baby home can never be forgotten. “I was treated like a second-class citizen by the Church and society,” he says. “I was made to feel like a nobody.”

Born in 1944, Peter was only a few days old when he was taken to the Bon...

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