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Gerry Devaney’s story: ‘They made it very clear they were not my parents. I was taken out to work...I would class myself as a slave’

Gerry Devaney has finally found some closure on his past

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Memories: Gerry Devaney, with a photgraph of his mother who died two years after his birth in 1946

Memories: Gerry Devaney, with a photgraph of his mother who died two years after his birth in 1946

Memories: Gerry Devaney, with a photgraph of his mother who died two years after his birth in 1946

Two days before Covid lockdown in March Gerry Devaney received a call from Tusla. “I had been in contact for months before that. I had this inkling that there was someone out there belonging to me. Tusla said they’d do the best they can and sure enough they did.”

The letter from Tusla confirmed that Gerry had a brother, Patrick, who was born in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in 1941. His mother, Margaret, who was unmarried, was from Mayo originally. She was first pregnant at 16 and Patrick was born at 6.5lb in June, but died of malnutrition that Christmas.

According to the letter Gerry received from Tusla, his brother Patrick was discharged from Galway Hospital on December 23, 1941 and “unfortunately died of Marasmus (malnutrition), at the age of six months, on December 26, 1941.


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