JOHN McGurk at the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Photo: Ray Ryan

Mother and Baby site covered with white crosses as campaign for excavation continues

PART of the former Mother and Baby Home site in Tuam was filled with hundreds of small white crosses on Saturday morning, each one bearing the name of one of the 796 infants who died at the home but for whom no burial records exist.

The handmade white wooden crosses made their way to Tuam from Germany where they had been decorated by secondary school pupils who are taking part in a project highlighting the mistreatment of women and children in Ireland and elsewhere.

The poignant event was spurred by the donation of the crosses by a Scottish native who now lives in Germany and heads up a campaigning and fundraising group that advocates for children’s rights and seeks to help children impacted by poverty or in distress.

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