Saturday, 24 August 2019
796 babies each had a mother and it's the mothers that are on my mind today as we prepare for tomorrow's event at the Tuam Babies illegal burial plot.
What kind of circumstances led to their pregnancies?
Where were the fathers in all of this?
Who were the fathers?
How many pregnancies were the results of incest or rape?
An older lady shocked me recently by saying glibly that 'it was nothing to take a girl against her will in those days.'
The men she knew, thought nothing of it.
How disturbing is that?
How many of those mothers carried the trauma of the pregnancy, subsequent birth and final release of their babies the rest of their lives?
How many of those women never had another baby because the trauma of losing the first was too great?
How many women went on to overcompensate with numerous babies afterwards?
And just how many women died whilst in confinement?
Not just in Ireland but all over Europe from the 1920's -90's 💔
SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST 2PM TUAM HOME BABIES BURIAL SITE IN THE DUBLIN ROAD HOUSING ESTATE, ACROSS FROM MAIN TUAM CEMETERY ON THE ATHENRY ROAD. ALL VERY WELCOME TO THIS EVENT, TO SING, PLAY A TUNE, READ A POEM, SAY A FEW WORDS TO HONOUR THE BABIES WHO AWAIT JUSTICE. Catherine Corless