Almost 800 babies were buried in a concrete, septic tank in the grounds of a home for unmarried mothers in Galway between 1925 and 1961, according to research by a historian.
The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway, Ireland.
The bodies of 798 children were buried at the Tuam mother and baby home, which was run by The Sisters of Bon Secours.
In 1975 the grave was found by two local boys, but the scale of bodies was not examined until recently, after historian Catherine Corless made repeated requests to the state for official records.
The site is believed to be one of 10 similar homes across Ireland – three others are believed to hold the remains of another 3,200 babies and infants.
Mary the unmarried mother wept.
The same people, she said, threw stones at me on the streets of Nazareth.
Magdalene the fallen woman wept.
They took my name in vain, she said, when they enslaved my sisters in their laundries.
The baby Jesus wept.
They out-Herod Herod, he said, when they slaughter these innocents.
All true Christians may not weep but raise our fists in anger.
You may forgive them Lord, we say, but we shall not!
June 12, 2014