Saturday 16 February 2019

Tuam babies brought home heartbreak for Simone

Harrowing tale: Simone Kirby (left) stars in new RTÉ drama ‘Resistance’, and is at the centre
of a forced adoption storyline
Harrowing tale: Simone Kirby (left) stars in new RTÉ drama ‘Resistance’, and is at the centre of a forced adoption storyline
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The actress at the centre of the forced adoption storyline in RTÉ drama 'Resistance' said it had a huge resonance for her, the cast and crew.

Simone Kirby said one of the scenes was shot shortly after it was confirmed that hundreds of babies were buried in a mass grave on the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. "When the story broke of the Tuam babies, that really brought it home to us...we were really shocked, and it made us feel this story was even more important," she said.

Simone plays Ursula Sweeney, a code-breaker who is forced to give her child up as she was unmarried and her fiancé was killed at war.

Ursula is told by the nuns that her child is to be adopted by a couple from Boston. In desperation, she offers to spy for the IRA in exchange for them getting her son back.

Meanwhile, artworks depicting the story of the Tuam home have been brought together in tribute to the children who died there.

Paintings, murals, sculptures and other installations will form an exhibition called 'Stay With Me', opening in the In-spire Gallerie in Dublin's city centre this month.

Tribute: A mural and a dress form part of the ‘Stay With Me’ exhibition at the In-spire Gallerie. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tribute: A mural and a dress form part of the ‘Stay With Me’ exhibition at the In-spire Gallerie. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Artist Bonnie Kavanagh with her china heart installation in memory of the Tuam babies. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Artist Bonnie Kavanagh with her china heart installation in memory of the Tuam babies. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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