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6/4/2014 (1 year ago)

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Children believed to have been buried in septic tank between 1925 and 1961

In a revelation far more grisly than the most harrowing stories of Gothic horror, the bodies of nearly 800 children have been discovered near the home for unwed mothers in Ireland this week. The children were believed buried in a septic tank between the years of 1925 and 1961.

Local historian Catherine Corless has delved into the troubled history of 'The Home.' The facility was a former workhouse that had been turned into a home for mothers and their babies in 1925 by the Sisters of Bon Secours.

Local historian Catherine Corless has delved into the troubled history of "The Home." The facility was a former workhouse that had been turned into a home for mothers and their babies in 1925 by the Sisters of Bon Secours.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: The Home, Tuam Ireland, unwed mothers, mass grave


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The mass grave found near the home in Tuam, Ireland, contained the bodies of children who either perished from infectious diseases or malnutrition.

Two boys stumbled across the unmarked grave when they were playing near the site of St. Mary's Mother and Baby Home, which has since been converted into a housing estate. Officials are now scrambling to determine how to proceed.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Officials with the Catholic Church are meeting to discuss plans for a memorial for the 796 children. Ciaran Cannon, minister of state in Ireland's Department of Education, is calling for an inquiry into the mass grave.

"The evidence to date seems to suggest that something very horrific went on there," Cannon told reporters. "Let's try and determine exactly what happened here first of all. Surely, there are people alive who have a connection with the place. I do think an inquiry is required."

Local historian Catherine Corless has delved into the troubled history of "The Home." The facility was a former workhouse that had been turned into a home for mothers and their babies in 1925 by the Sisters of Bon Secours.

When Corless began to look for the death certificates for the children in the mass grave, she learned there were 796 deceased, ranging from infants to nine-year-olds.

"There and then I said this isn't right. There's nothing on the ground there to mark the grave, there's nothing to say it's a massive children's graveyard. It's laid abandoned like that since it was closed in 1961," Corless says. She's now leading a campaign to raise funds for a memorial that will list the names of all the children.

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