May 26, 2017

Hundreds of Babies in Irish Church-Run Home’s Sewer

Tuam, Ireland—Hundreds of infant remains from around 1930–1960 have been discovered in the sewer system used by a home for unwed mothers in western Ireland. The discovery arose from a commission which is investigating nearly 20 Catholic institutions throughout Ireland.

This particular search was prompted by the work of a local historian, who claims that as many as 800 children may lie in a mass grave at the home. The home was run by the Sisters of Bon Secours. Thousands of unwed mothers, including rape victims, were sent to such homes during the twentieth century.