Annual commemoration for the women and children of Bessborough takes place today

The annual commemoration for the women and children of Bessborough takes place today.

It comes amid calls for a full investigation into the former institution in Cork to establish whether or not there is a mass burial site on the grounds of the mother and baby home.

nine-thousand-seven-hundred-and-sixty-eight Mothers and eight-thousand-nine-hundred-and-thirty-eight babies were admitted between 1922 and 1998 when the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, ran Bessborough and in that time 923 children died, at the home or after being transferred from the home.

Bessborough Support Group are calling for a full investigation into the deaths and burials associated with the former institution as burial records only exist for 64 of the children, meaning that 859 children are missing.

Speaking to RedFM News, Carmel Cantwell who’s brother William was born at the home in 1960, and died six weeks later in St Finbarr’s Hospital, wants a thorough investigation into the site:

“The truth. That’s all we want, we think the children deserve, ultimately, the truth. I think if the local authorities and Government got together, and they did an independent archaeological investigation. I don’t think there’s any shortcuts, you can very delicately excavate the ground, and I think very quickly it will tell you. There’s already been some trenches gone in parts of the grounds that were done by developers. But I really think it needs to be independent.”

The commemoration will take place at 2pm today at the Bessborough Centre.


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