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Mother & Baby Home Memorial Committee
Tuam, Co Galway
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Tuam Mother & Baby Home

Tuam Mother & Baby Home – A committee has been setup and a campaign is underway to erect a memorial to commemorate the deaths of 796 infants who were buried in an unmarked grave in Tuam, Co. Galway. This committee was established when it was made known the children were buried without recognition or headstones in a small section of the Dublin Road Estate where once stood the old orphanage called St. Mary’s (known locally as the ‘Home’). Our Committee wants to ensure that these children will be remembered and that their resting place will be recognised as such. Therefore we need the people of Tuam and hinterlands to become patrons to this project to help us achieve this goal. We feel that it is time that these children are given a proper resting place on consecrated ground, documented as such on Ordnance Survey Maps and mapping of graveyards.

Our committee wishes to mark the site with a plaque inscribed with all the children’s names, date of death and age; marking the entrance accordingly; devise a brochure so that the public will know where to find the graveyard and hold a remembrance mass for all of the children who rest there.

The infants were buried without coffins in the grounds of a former Bons Secours home for unmarried mothers between 1925 and 1961.The unmarked grave was discovered accidentally in 1975.Death records show many of the infants died from malnutrition and infectious diseases.

The home was closed in the 1960s but in 1975 two boys were playing close to the site when they discovered partially broken concrete slabs covering a hollow – a disused septic tank, which had been in use prior to the 1920s when the building was a workhouse.The site is located at what was a mother and baby home, run by the Bon Secours, from the 1920s until the 1960s.

There was a high infant mortality rate over the 40-year period, with many of the children believed to have died from infectious diseases and possibly malnutrition. But there is no record of their burial. The campaign to erect a memorial has been gathering considerable force in recent months.

There is a €50,000 target to complete the entire project. This will include the erection of the memorial, garden landscaping, road and pathway.

This page will be updated as new information comes available on the project.

Home Baby – a moving tribute by singer / songwriter Paul Keating.
A copy of the CD will be posted to everyone making a donation to the memorial project.
The Tuam Mother & Baby Home project is a reward based crowdfunding campaign.

  1. Jillian van Turnhout
    €500.00
  2. Jason Tessier
    €50.00
  3. Dorothy Chambers
    €20.00
  4. Deirdre Markham
    €20.00
  5. Helen Blake
    €50.00
  6. Ken McCarthy
    €20.00
  7. brian mcginn
    €25.00
  8. Anonymous
    €10.00
  9. Anonymous
    €50.00
  10. Cheryl Moore
    €140.00
  11. Emma Tudge
    €15.00
  12. Peter Stobart
    €250.00
  13. Michael Fallon
    €200.00
  14. Brendan Redmond
    €150.00
  15. Dominique PENISSON
    €300.00
  16. Judith Berlier
    €35.00
  17. Rebecca Fry
    €9.00
  18. Anonymous
    €20.00
  19. Michael Ebbs
    €10.00
  20. Anonymous
    €20.00
  21. Mo Beisel
    €75.00
  22. Una Stephens-Hardy
    €250.00
  23. Marc Andressen
    €50.00
  24. Stephen Cox
    €30.00
  25. Ronan O'Dowd
    €10.00
  26. Sarah Azad
    €150.00
  27. James Andrews
    €30.00
  28. John Horan
    €20.00
  29. Anonymous
    €100.00
  30. Paul Duane
    €30.00
  31. Jules Senske
    €25.00
  32. Judy O'Toole
    €20.00
  33. Lochlinn Parker
    €30.00
  34. Derek Merren
    €100.00
  35. Anonymous
    €10.00
  36. Anonymous
    €15.00
  37. David Thomas
    €20.00
  38. Trudy Gonzales
    €25.00
  39. Mark Sutherland
    €70.00
  40. Anonymous
    €50.00
  41. Teresa Donlon Ferro
    €10.00
  42. Robbi Holman
    €25.00
  43. Anonymous
    €10.00
  44. Kate Hampel
    €50.00
  45. Jos Van Dongen
    €25.00
  46. Evin McCarthy
    €40.00
  47. April Bracken
    €20.00
  48. Mairead Manifold
    €20.00
  49. Colin Ahearn
    €20.00
  50. John Greene
    €100.00
  51. Claire MacAleese
    €50.00
  52. jacky hughes
    €10.00
  53. Jackie Dooley
    €20.00
  54. Jessica Connor
    €50.00
  55. Anonymous
    €20.00
  56. Charlene Larson
    €50.00
  57. William Teefy
    €10.00
  58. Emily Harting
    €25.00
  59. K Barber
    €73.57
  60. Kelly O'Neil
    €50.00
  61. Patricia O'Shea
    €20.00
  62. Evelyn Hunter
    €15.00
  63. John Roberts
    €250.00
  64. Edith Bluhm
    €60.00
  65. David Carey
    €100.00
  66. Anonymous
    €20.00
  67. Elizabeth H Davenport
    €25.00
  68. Alan Greene
    €10.00
  69. Anonymous
    €10.00
  70. Paul Delahunty
    €20.00
  71. Anonymous
    €100.00
  72. Gavin Byrne
    €5.00
  73. Mark Dennehy
    €10.00
  74. Catherine Denning
    €25.00
  75. Claire Nolan
    €50.00
  76. Niamh Moloughney
    €10.00
  77. Susan McGrady
    €10.00
  78. Patrick Kearns
    €50.00
  79. Brian Bunyan Ngwiri
    €20.00
  80. Etain O'Kane
    €50.00
  81. Anonymous
    €20.00
  82. Anonymous
    €20.00
  83. Rob Kelly
    €50.00
  84. Shirley Kane
    €25.00
  85. Anonymous
    €75.00
  86. Barbara Harding
    €20.00
  87. Angela Whyte
    €30.00
  88. Anonymous
    €40.00
  89. Maria Lennon
    €50.00
  90. Holly
    €15.00
  91. Eileen McGee
    €75.00
  92. MARIE WATFORD
    €10.00
  93. Evelyn Flanagan
    €20.00
  94. Jeff Coughter
    €10.00
  95. George Coghlan
    €20.00
  96. Patricia Lynch
    €37.00
  97. Anonymous
    €37.00
  98. Anonymous
    €80.00
  99. Avgi Kyriazi
    €100.00
  100. John Newby
    €100.00
  101. Sean Grady
    €20.00
  102. Carter McKenzie
    €100.00
  103. Ger Donnellan
    €50.00
  104. Anastasia Masaro
    €100.00
  105. Shane Copppinger
    €15.00
  106. Anonymous
    €10.00
  107. Rebecca Black
    €10.00
  108. Tara Cooke
    €20.00
  109. Tara Flynn
    €30.00
  110. Angela Holohan
    €20.00
  111. James Moran
    €25.00
  112. Anita nic amhlaoidh
    €50.00
  113. Geoff Lillis
    €20.00
  114. Deirdre Byrne
    €25.00
  115. Thomas Clarke
    €30.00
  116. Frances Callaghan
    €10.00
  117. Mary Lawlot
    €20.00
  118. Anonymous
    €10.00
  119. Simon Scriver
    €5.00
  120. Anonymous
    €20.00
  121. Phil Kennedy
    €50.00
  122. John O'Donoghue
    €25.00
  123. Rob McCoid
    €20.00
  124. Anonymous
    €20.00
  125. Janice Mulry
    €50.00
  126. Offline Donations
    €28,874.65
  127. Lorraine Higgins
    €20.00
  128. Audrey Pierce
    €15.00
  129. Anonymous
    €20.00

4 Responses

  1. sandrine says:

    Hi, can I get some information about the committee ? who is running, organizing it ? thanks

  2. […] Initially all she wanted was to raise money to put up plaques for the dead children. She was attempting to raise €50,000 (£40,000) to create a memorial, conserving the work done by locals who have created a shrine on the site of the Tuam home, tending […]

  3. […] And meanwhile, don’t forget that the little committee established in Tuam to commemorate the children who died continue to collect funds. […]