Comment: The horror in Tuam continues to unfold... Tiny bodies dumped in a septic tank, left to rot without human dignity
The horror in Tuam continues to unfold but the story has thrown up an unlikely heroine, writes Donal Lynch
On the face of it there doesn't seem anything especially macabre about the site of the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam. Nestled between middle-class semi-ds and bathed in a soft winter light, it looks less like a latter-day Auschwitz and more like the kind of plot an ambitious developer would be licking his chops over. Hoarding is still erected around the site known locally as the Children's Graveyard on the Dublin Road.
To heathen eyes the carefully landscaped grotto in the corner almost looks like some kind of art installation. And even when you remember that actual human baby bodies were found here, you still have Galway County Council's newly minted description of the place - a Garden of Peace - to becalm you.
Just two weeks ago they declared it a protected site, which is "a structure that a planning authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view". Every one of those well-meaning adjectives seemed to place the dark history of Tuam at a sanitised, academic remove. They seemed to presuppose that the healing was done.