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The Tuam Babies  

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Local historian, Catherine Corless found herself catapulted into the public eye when news that there were possibly as many as 800 babies buried in an unmarked mass grave in Tuam, Co Galway, hit the headlines in 2014. That discovery turned her into a media celebrity overnight but also led to her meeting and helping many men and women born in the Tuam Home anxious to trace their roots and finally be free of the shame Irish society had made them feel about their birth.

Catherine’s research proved what locals had long believed, children who died in the Home had been unofficially buried in its grounds. In the 1970s local residents tended a small grotto in the middle of a housing estate where babies were believed to be buried. Through tenacious research, Catherine has given each of these 796 children a name and told their story to the world.

She hopes that the public enquiry will restore their dignity and self respect and give them the sense of validation they so richly deserve.

Production Company:
AN RTÉ PRODUCTION