Friday, 16 February 2018

My name is Bridget by Alison O'Reilly

In 1946, twenty-six-year-old Bridget Dolan walked up the path to the front door of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Alone and pregnant, she was following in the footsteps of more than a century’s worth of lost souls. Shunned by society for her sins and offered no comfort for her pain, Bridget gave birth to a boy, John, who died at the home in a horrendous state of neglect less than two years later. Her second child was once again delivered at the home and was taken from her, never to be seen or heard from again.
She would go on to marry a wonderful man and have a daughter, Anna Corrigan, but it was only after Bridget’s death – and in the aftermath of the explosive revelations that the remains of 796 babies had been found in a septic tank on the site of the home – that Anna discovered she had two brothers her mother had never spoken about. Was her baby brother’s body in the tank? Anna still doesn’t know.
Through Anna, this book puts on the record the life of Bridget Dolan and all the forgotten women and children of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Guess there was a whole other attitude to babies and women in the 20's and 30's.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January 2018

Fairy Tree
Happy New Year!!!

Ten days into January and so far so good. 

I'm not one for resolutions particularly but as I lead a fairly hectic lifestyle, decided a week before Christmas to look at where my energy was going and what might be taking up unnecessary amounts of time. Straight away social media popped up as something that needed to go, so I decided there and then to pull away from Facebook and Twitter.

Three weeks later and things have simplified, I have a lot more headspace, the creative juices are beginning to flow once more and the perceived lack of time is no longer an issue. 

Snail mail, email and the phone never went away and believe it or not, people still use them. Happy Days.
Lough Corrib
Frost patterns

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Press Statement January 2018.

Press Statement
January 2018.

Tuam Home Survivors Network:  
The members of the Tuam Home Survivors Network have given careful consideration to the Report of the Expert Technical Group Report on Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway, published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, T.D. on December 12th 2017.
It is the view of the members of the Network that the only appropriate actions to be taken are, and always have been as follows:
1.    A complete excavation of the Tuam site to ensure the the recovery of all human remains contained there.
2.    The relocation to an appropriate and secure location of all human remains recoverable at the site.
3.    Recovery and relocation to be undertaken with all the expertise and resources necessary to preserve as far as possible, the individual identity of each set of remains.
4.    Post-mortems to be conducted in respect of each set of remains.
5.    The taking and cataloging of the DNA from all remains to create the most complete database possible.
6.    An invitation to be extended to all those who have reasonable grounds to believe that members of their family may be buried at the Tuam site to provide their DNA.
7.    That invitation to be published widely including the UK and North America.
8.    The immediate convening of an Inquest by Coroner for North Galway or the appointment by the Attorney General of another coroner to open such Inquest.
9.    That such Inquest be convened without further delay, to inquire into the cause of death of each child, recorded by the Registrar General as having died in the Tuam home, for whom no burial place heen recorded, notwithstanding that it may have to adjourn until such time as progress has been made with the exhumation and identification of remains.
10.  None of the above to be undertaken by any person or body without the clear and unambiguous authority presently provided by Irish law.
It is the unambiguous position of the members Network that the bare requirements of law, statutory, constitutional and human rights, nationally and internationally recognised, cannot be met in any other way.
It is the view of the members of the Network, that the only useful discussion which could take place must be confined to the urgent implementation of what has to be done.
If the Minister wishes to contest the view of the Network, we request that she provide a comprehensive written response.
Peter Mulryan,

Mother & Baby Screening 2nd February in Campbell's Tavern, Cloughanvover, Headford

Through the generosity of Willi Campbell, Ger Hassett and Ishka films a special screening of Mother and Baby  Campbell's Tavern, Cloughanvover, Headford will take place on Friday February 2nd at 8.30pm. 

This incredibly cathartic film highlights the lives of three survivors from the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.
Moving, cinematic and healing in content, this beautiful award-winning film will captivate you. 

The evening will open with music followed by the film, and finish off with a 30 minute discussion.

All welcome to this free event

Mia Mullarkey
Director & Filmmaker
Ishka Films

Email: /

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Technical Report on the Tuam Site Stage 2

Technical Report on the Tuam Site Stage 2: Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway

Delivered to Minister Katherine Zappone, Department of Children and Youth Affairs 

By the Expert Technical Group 

N. McCullagh 
L. Lynch 
A. Harte 
H. Tuller 
T. Clayton 
B. Farrell

Finalised 19th October 2017

click on link to download your copy:

Please note it is a large document running to over 230 pages in total

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Remember your Sacred Heart this Christmas

This is utterly incredible!!!!!! Jut spent the last five mins.shaking and crying with the emotion of this. What support!!

I paint the side of my house every year for Christmas with Santa for the children. This year 'for the Children', I wanted to bring awareness to the 'Survivors helping Survivors' in Tuam. Tuam Home Survivors Network launches to night in the Correlea Court Hotel this Saturday 16th December all welcome also there will be a screening of 'Mother and Baby' by from 6pm. 

We heal the past in the present, and this terrible episode in the past is on 'My House', to be healed in the light of this Christmas Present. Through my tears as I type I Pray, God be with the ones that can't be with God.

Monday, 11 December 2017

All welcome.
A fantastic opportunity to see the amazing Sharon Murphy (the Voice UK) live at 3.30pm in the restaurant at the Corralea Court Hotel this Saturday 16th December.
Also meet the producers: Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell and see the award-winning 'Mother and Baby' by Ishka films in the upstairs room from 6pm.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Tuam Home Survivors Network: Official Launch

Tuam Home Survivors Network and website will be officially launched on Saturday 16th December 2017 @3.30pm in the Corralea Court Hotel, Tuam.
The primary mission of the group is to support survivors of Mother and Baby Homes by offering solidarity and friendship through a peer-supportive network while holding State and Religious Orders to account.
The group will be launched by Catherine Corless and Mia Mullarkey of Ishka films. Mia's award winning short documentary: ‘Mother and Baby’ which will be screened on the day, had its world premier at the Cork Film Festival on November 18th where it won first prize. 
The day will commence with music by Sharon Murphy (The Voice UK) and will end with story-telling and craic.

All are welcome.