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Chairman of the Bethany survivors group Derek Leinster at the unveiling of the memorial to 222 children from the Bethany Mother and Child Home, at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin Photo: PA

Chairman of the Bethany survivors group Derek Leinster at the unveiling of the memorial to 222 children from the Bethany Mother and Child Home, at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin Photo: PA

Chairman of the Bethany survivors group Derek Leinster at the unveiling of the memorial to 222 children from the Bethany Mother and Child Home, at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin Photo: PA

AT the Bon Secours home for mothers and children, 796 children were buried in a mass grave over 37 years (1925-61). At the Bethany Home in Dublin, 221 children were buried in unmarked graves over 28 years (1922-49).

The Bethany Survivors Campaign supports Catherine Corless's commendable research on the Tuam deaths and her efforts with Teresa Killeen Kelly to place an appropriate memorial stone at the Tuam site. The Tuam Graveyard Committee attended the April 2 unveiling of the monument to Bethany children in Mount Jerome cemetery.


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