Monday, 2 June 2014

Mass burial of 20th century orphans at Galway workhouse uncovered

Irish Central is carrying a shocking story about the mass burial of some 800 orphans in a septic tank at a former workhouse called The Home in Tuam, Galway, between 1925 and 1960, when it was run as a Mother and Baby home for “fallen women” by the Bon Secours Sisters.

"Children died at The Home at the rate of one a fortnight for almost 40 years, one report claims. Another appears to claim that 300 children died between 1943 and 1946, which would mean two deaths a week in the isolated institution."

The full shocking story is at

Funds are currently being raised to erect a memorial to the mothers and babies of The Home.

The Irish Independent also has the story at


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.

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