Due to local historian’s efforts and dedication they’ve found 800 remains of babies and children who died at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland.
An underground structure divided into 20 chambers containing a huge amount of human remains had been discovered at the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway.
The remains went through a DNA analysis and it’s been confirmed the ages range from 35 weeks to 3 years old and were put to rest in the 1950s. The orphanage home closed in 1961 which held mothers and their children. For decades the plantation had suspicions that the majority of orphans who at died at the facility were buried on their grounds in unmarked graves, which is a common thing at other Catholic-run facilities.
In 2014, the government decided to investigate the Catholic orphanage with the help of a local historian, Catherine Corless, who recovered death certificates for 800 children who lived at the orphanage – but a burial record for only one orphan.
Corless recollected how local children discovered a pile of remains in a hidden underground tunnel while playing in the filed in the mid-1970s. ““Everything pointed to this area being a mass grave.”
The findings were disturbing and sad, the government’s commissioner for children pledged that the remains will receive a proper burial. “We will honor their memory and make sure that we take the right actions now to treat their remains appropriately,” Zappone said.