Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation – Info

TraffickedA Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes and a select few County homes has been established.

If you were in – resident, worked in or had connections with any of the Mother and Baby homes on the list below between 1922 and 1998  the commission would like you to get in contact with them.

You can write to their confidential committee or meet with them in person.  They are looking to hear from former residents, employees and others with relevant information to hear about their experiences.

List of Institutions under Investigation

(1) Mother and Baby Homes as follows:
1) Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne, Co Meath;
2) Belmont (Flatlets), Belmont Ave, Dublin 4;
3) Bessboro House, Blackrock, Cork;
4) Bethany Home, originally Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 and from 1934 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6;
5) Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway;
6) Denny House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4, originally Magdalen Home, 8 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2;
7) Kilrush, Cooraclare Rd, Co. Clare;
8) Manor House, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath;
9) Ms. Carr’s (Flatlets), 16 Northbrook Rd, Dublin 6;
10) Regina Coeli Hostel, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, and
11) Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary;
12) St. Gerard’s, originally 39, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.
13) St. Patrick’s, Navan Road, Dublin 7, originally known as Pelletstown; and subsequent transfer to Eglinton House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4, and
14) The Castle, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal.

(2) County Homes
A representative sample of those County Homes selected by the Commission as both fulfilling a function with regard to single women and their children similar to the institutions at (1) above and where the extent of the operation of this function is considered to merit their inclusion for the purposes of the investigations set out at Article 1(I) to (VIII) above having regard to factors such as the number of relevant births, the duration of such operations and the typical length of accommodation period of these mothers and children.
1Historical and official sources may refer to these institutions by various names, and in some cases the Homes may have moved premises during their period of operation.

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FREEPHONE: 1800 806 688
POST:   Mother and Baby homes
       Commission of Investigation,
        73 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2
P.O. Box 12626, Dublin 2
All identities will be held in confidence.  
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4 thoughts on “Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation – Info

  1. Hi

    I’m hoping you can help.

    My late Grandmother Madge McBride stayed in the Regina Coeli mother and baby unit in Dublin in approximately 1935. During this time she had a son, Louis. My Grandmother contracted measles and was taken to hospital to Cork Street Hospital for 3 weeks. During this time Louis was still being cared for at the Regina Coeli. Upon her return she was told that Louis has passed away and she should pray for him. She was never told where he was buried or given a death certificate. Her daughter Evelyn would like to know if there is any information on file regarding her mother or brother.

    We would be very grateful if you have any information.

    Kind regards

    Kerry Quinn

    • Hi Kerry, the best person to advise you on what to do is Kathy Finn. The Regina Coeli should hold all the files including the death certificate and place of burial. If you contact Kathy by email on she will explain to Evelyn how to get the information and what kind of documents you might need to produce to prove who you are etc. Let me know if you have any luck. I also have a phone number for Kathy if you need it. Kind regards,

      • Hi Mannix

        Thank you very much. Your help is very much appreciated. I have sent an email over to the above address.

        Kind regards

        Kerry Quinn

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