Wednesday 20 June 2018

A still from Secret Child short film. Austin Taylor, who plays Gordon, Aaron McCusker (Bill) and Fiona Glascott (Cathleen)

‘I couldn’t have published this memoir if my mother was alive - it was too painful for her’ - Irish man raised in mother and baby home 

The subject of mother and baby homes is a hugely emotive one in Ireland given the horrendous litany of abuse experienced by many women who found themselves pregnant out of wedlock. Shunned, shamed and silenced by society many were parted from their babies and children through forced adoption or even death. Growing up in such an environment often took a physical and emotional...