Monday 1 May 2017

'I'm so lucky, I could have been one of the babies'

Specialist engineers use a radar to search the burial site at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Photo: Ray Ryan
Specialist engineers use a radar to search the burial site at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Photo: Ray Ryan

Ryan Nugent

A woman who grew up in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home has admitted she is "lucky" to be alive - following the discovery of human remains at an excavation site in the area.

Significant discoveries were made by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of children between the ages 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years.

A woman - known as Breda and who grew up in the home - has admitted her shock at yesterday's revelations.

Speaking to RTÉ's 'Liveline', Breda, who was there for most of the 1950s, said she found the news "so upsetting".

Identity

She said that she had been one of the lucky ones and has her foster mother to thank for it.

In recent years she has been in contact with her birth mother along with a number of her extended relations.

"I have met my birth mother, but we don't get on too well. I met her lots of times and I'm in touch with her," Breda said.

"I never brought up the subject (of the mother and baby home); she's not in Ireland at the moment, she's abroad at the moment, she's 92.

"I've first cousins, I know my identity now. I've an idea where I came from," she said.

"I'm from Galway and my ancestors came from Clare, so I researched my background and I was really delighted about that."

She added: "I'm so lucky I'm here to tell (the tale), I could have been one of the babies. I could be one of them, thank God I'm not.

"I'm here and I'm not ashamed about Tuam. I'm so lucky, where I went. It's only the last few years I found my family, since my foster mother past away."

Irish Independent

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