As my interest grew in genealogy, and in particular Irish genealogy so did my desire to learn more about the history of Irish mother and care homes, orphanages, adoptions and Magdalene laundries. A history where so many links between mothers (& fathers) and their children were lost, masked, destroyed - and where unimaginable experiences occurred. This section highlights some of the resources available regarding this special focus. Should you have any additional ideas, stories and more please contact me via email. - Bridget Bray, founder The Genealogy Event
BOOK: BANISHED BABIES BY MIKE MILOTTE
This book outlines the history of Ireland's baby export ('adoption') business and provides a very focused insight into the management of these process by the State and the Church.
book & movie: philomena
The movie Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steven Coogan tells the story of one woman - and her son's - quest to find one another. Based on the book by Philomena Lee "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by Martin Sixsmith.
site: magdalene laundry, limerick
Created by Evelyn Glynn this site shares the history of the Magdalene laundry in Limerick with photos, oral histories and more.
BLOG: CONALL O'FATHARTA
Conall O'Fatharta, an award winning Irish journalist has created this blog dedicated to articles focused on the treatment of mothers and children.