This is a picture of children in the Bons Secours home in Glenamaddy shortly before the institution moved to the now infamous location in Tuam. In Tuam nearly 800 children died some of whom were buried in a septic tank on the grounds of the home. You can read an excellent summary of the story here and also at this twitter feed

However it seems that as early as 1922 before the Tuam home ever opened it was known that there was an unusually high death rate in the institution run by Bons Secours nuns when it was located at Glenamaddy. This was published in The Tuam Herald in November 1922 when it reported on a meeting of the County Homes Committee. This meeting had heard how two members of the County Homes and Home Assistance Committee had visited Glenamaddy to look at the state of the buildings there and disturbingly “to inquire into the high death rate there since it opened as a childrens home”. The meeting noted the following

Tuam 1922

I couldnt find evidence in the press of the committees further inquirys. When the home moved to Tuam while there were articles in the press that reported on the dire conditions at Glenamaddy but there seems to have been no mention of the high death rate. The only other mentioned of deaths at Glenamaddy I found was point (i) in this advert in the Connacht Tribune in 1925. We live in a dark society with a dark past.



2 comments on “Bons Secours children’s home scandal known as early as 1922.

  1. Aine on

    Bravo for excavating the call for tender in the Connacht Tribune. Interesting how they knew they wanted three different sizes of coffin in advance…………..

  2. Rita Cahill on

    I was born in St Patricks Mother and baby Home in 1971 in Navan Road I have All my Documentation of Every Vaccine trial Abuse i Received From 3months right up to fourteen years of age 1986 and i was forever ill i got cancer three times then and broke out in rashes every time i had polio vaccine and sugar lumps, feeling tired a lot and having Convulsions after every shot vaccine Polio diphtheria


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