Irish American Heritage Museum
21 Quackenbush Square
The Irish American Heritage Museum will host, via Zoom, Mother and Babies Homes: A Personal Story with Clodagh Finn on February 17 at 6.00 PM.
Email the museum to receive the Zoom link, or call 518.427.1916 for more information.
On January 12th, 2021, The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, established in 2015 by the Irish government to investigate mother and baby homes, published its report. Eighteen homes were investigated, even though some 182 institutions, individuals and agencies were involved in adoption, informal ‘adoption’ and other forced family separation. Just 549 people – 304 mothers and 229 children – gave testimony to the commission’s confidential committee. Even with those extremely limited numbers, it found that between 1922 and 1998, some 56,000 women and 57,000 children resided in those 18 homes, and around 9,000 or roughly 15 per cent of the children died.
Clodagh Finn, an author and journalist, will share her personal story and discuss the Commission and Report with us.