Forgotten Mass Graves in Ireland
The murder of Orphan Children did not begin in Tuam, in County Galway, but instead started in St. Patrick’s, Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road in Dublin and spread to over two hundred similar Institutions throughout Ireland. Today there is the “Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation” and other groups who are working together to help unearth the forgotten graves of thousands of child victims and their mothers who were directly murdered by the Nuns, and other Religious Orders, aided by International Drug Companies and their local collaborators, across most of the Counties in Ireland. Today there are over 220 secret mass graves yet to be identified in Ireland, now to be led by “Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation” Still today there are many eyewitnesses, survivors alive, to talk about the deaths and many survivors have documented their own testimonies, many of these same survivors have lost, Mothers, Brothers, and Sisters in these shameful places in Catholic Ireland. Sadly all of these graves are unmarked, and untended, some in remote sites throughout the country, while others are close to town centres and villages. The graves are in various states of decay, some buried under grass and soil, others in septic tanks, and in some cases, bones could be found right at the surface.
There is a tendency in Irish society to forget what happened, or a sense that they don’t want to know, that orphan children’s lives and their mothers were extinguished in these forsaken places, the Mother and Baby Homes run by the Catholic Religious Orders, for profit. The Irish Catholic Church authorities were indifferent to this mass death because they considered most of the children and their mothers as vermin "unwanted" or "dangerous" to Irish Catholic way of life. The Irish Catholic Church particularly targeted unwed mothers and their children, and also targeted ethnically Irish Travellers families and their children. Also children with mental or physical defects (disabled children). The Irish Catholic Church and their collaborators killed children for ideological religious reasons, the killings were encouraged by the blessings Irish Catholic Church in provable actions with the Drug Companies where children healthy and with disabilities were used for their untried drug experiments.
Those deaths of unwed mothers and their children started decades ago, almost from the inception of these Religious Institutions and grew steadily throughout the years, but many warning signs were ignored and already present in Ireland well before the 800 children in Tuam's mass grave in their septic tank was found. The fact is the Irish Catholic Church believed that unwed mothers and their children to be impure and must be wiped out or make them slaves. This is how the Industrial schools and Magdalene Laundry came into been. Children going to these Institutions were the bi-products of the Mother and Baby Homes, first, the women, the mothers ended up in the Magdalene Laundry and their children ended up in the Industrial schools. Handicap children were considered useless and were kept in appalling conditions and soon died, from neglect. It’s also a proven fact that there were also many drug experiments done on both healthy children and the handicap children. The Irish Catholic Church authorities also incarcerated a number of children and their mothers in the notorious State Mental Hospitals, where physicians and medical researchers used a number of these children, for illegal medical experiments which often resulted in the deaths of the children.
It is also known that thousands of babies were kidnapped, from the Mother and Baby Homes and sold or transferred to the illegal Catholic Church Adoption Agencies to be adopted by suitable wealthy Catholic American families for cash. If again we take for example the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, up to 1,000 children and babies were illegally adopted and were trafficked from the home, in Tuam, Mother and Baby Home, alone, according to the Health Service Executive of Ireland, illegally sold into the United States of America, without their mother's consent. There were 'headage payments' of up to $3,000 for each child sent illegally to the United States, paid to the Nuns.
Also the Commission of Investigation found a "significant" quantity of human remains, aged from 35 foetal weeks to two to three years, interred in "a vault with twenty chambers." a few hundred bundles in each chamber, stacked. The Commission's statement reported that "The Commission has not yet determined what the purpose of this structure was but it appears to be related to the treatment/containment of sewage and/or waste water. The Commission has also not yet determined if it was ever used for this purpose." Carbon dating confirmed that the remains date from the time-frame relevant to the operation of the Mother and Baby Home by the Bon Secours Order of Nuns, Between 1925 and 1961.
The Commission stated that it was shocked by the discovery and that it is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way. The Irish Police, an Garda said there was no criminal investigation, because there was no evidence of a crime, this is even before the Irish Police looked at the evidence, how extraordinary.
Many handicap children and healthy children were kept naked, with no covering. When typhus or polio and diphtheria broke out, the Drug Company Doctors ordered the transfer of infected children to other wards, which caused increased mortality among the children. The Drug Companies only wanted to observe the effects on other healthy children and tests their new drugs. Tens of thousands of orphaned children, now grown men and women, have returned to Ireland to this day, many of these survivors, now adults continue to searched throughout Ireland for their missing Mother’s, Brother’s and Sister’s. The legacy and bequest of the Irish Catholic Church rule, run amuck, all these children were displaced in the various Industrial Schools, Orphanages, Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundry and even the legal and illegal Adoption Agencies that operated in Ireland. In addition thousands of Irish babies were sent to clergy in the United States to be illegally adopted by Catholic families there. What many thousands of survivors alive today have now slowly realise is that, many of the new mass graves, supposedly been unearthed contain some if not all their families. And worse still is the Irish Catholic Church, stubbornly refusing to assist, to release any documentations to help the survivors in finding their own family members. The Irish Catholic Church conveniently destroyed most if not all the documents it has, so that they could not be brought to court or sued.
Also the Nuns and the Religious Orders deliberately starved children and babies to death, malnutrition was listed as the main cause of death at most Mother-and-Baby Homes, in spite of the fact that the Nuns were paid for each child in it care, but when the child died the Nuns falsely still collected money on the dead child, by altering the official papers, by saying the child was still alive.
While inspections conducted by Official Inspectors from the Galway County Council, reported “everything in the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway was in great, in good order and congratulated the Bon Secour Sisters on the excellent condition of their Institution, in spite of the fact, that many of the babies and children were suffering from malnutrition, and 12 out of 31 infants examined were described as being "emaciated and not thriving". It also says that the Mother and Baby Home was overcrowded, with 271 children and 61 mothers living there. Death rates were extraordinarily high: 34 per cent of children died in the home in 1943; 25 per cent died in 1944; 23 per cent died in 1945; 27 per cent died in 1946.
The official report states, "the care given to infants in the Home is good, the good Sisters are careful and attentive; diets are excellent. All was very well, according to the local collaborators, who were wine, dined, by the Nuns, the gullible Inspectors from Galway County Council;- Meanwhile 2,875 children and women died since the Bon Secour Nuns took over the Mother and Baby Home, from 1925 to 1961, that over 1,000 babies were illegally adopted, but the figure of 1,000 babies sold was in reality very low and some experts think that figure of 1,000 is higher at 2,000 babies sold and again some think much higher. In reality babies and young children died from starvation, exposure, and a lack of adequate clothing and shelter.
The Irish Catholic Church authorities were indifferent to this mass death which they knew about, as it was the norm in all their other Religious Institutions in the Irish State. They considered most of the younger children to be unproductive and hence “useless eaters.” Because children were generally too young to be used for forced labor. In spite of their acute vulnerability, many children and their mothers discovered ways to survive. Children and their mothers smuggled food and home medicines into the Mother and Baby Homes, or were give badly needed food and medicines by their visiting families.
Many angry survivors, both men and women now, describe having been sexually abused, raped, gang raped or witnesses to prostitution at a young age, at the hands of their adoptive Catholic parents in America or the many clerics who befriend them in their new homes.
Owen Felix O'Neill