Friday 20 October 2017

Poignant video pays tribute to 796 babies who died in Tuam Mother and Baby home

So much pain: A memorial at the area where many infants’ bodies were buried in Tuam
So much pain: A memorial at the area where many infants’ bodies were buried in Tuam
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

State broadcaster RTÉ has produced a poignant video to remember the 796 children who died in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

The video, which runs for almost five minutes, lists each infant along with the year they died and their age.

"The work of Catherine Corless brought to light 796 children's death certs relating to the home in Tuam. Here are all of their names," the broadcaster said in a tweet from the Claire Byrne Live show.

Ms Corless, an amateur historian, is credited with bringing to light the burial of children in an unmarked ground on the property.

Ms Corless has written in the Irish Independent this week about the 798 death certificates in total she investigated (two of the children were buried in the main Tuam graveyard as they were orphans).

A criminal investigation into the deaths is now considered likely and the people of Galway will be asked to be involved in deciding a suitable memorial  to commemorate the children who died there.

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