File Photo A preliminary excavation is to take place at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. The tests were requested by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, which
Preliminary excavations commenced last week at the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, County Galway.
The new tests were requested by the Irish Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, which is investigating the death and burial of up to 800 babies who died at the home, after their death certificates were discovered by local historian Catherine Corless.
Head of RTE’s investigative unit Philip Boucher-Hayes, who is on the ground at the dig, reported that there was no sense of drama surrounding it despite the international coverage the story has garnered.
Instead, tall plywood hoardings have been erected around the reputed burial site, discreetly obscuring the dig going on inside. Boucher-Hayes reports that he counted four or five men digging, with assistance from a mini digger onsite, and a forensic archaeologist.
Chilling words of the plaque errected outside the burial ground at Tuam.
The question is, what will they find? Are there indeed human remains there? And if there are not, where are the estimated 796 babies whose deaths were recorded?
There are far too many credible local reports about the presence of bones for there not to have been bodies buried there at some point, Boucher-Hayes added.
One local man, Franny Hopkins, uncovered one reputed burial place with his friend Barry Sweeny when the pair were looking for apples in 1975. They climbed a wall and arrived at the abandoned site, where they soon lifted a concrete lid that uncovered a hole they say was filled with human remains.
Let me guess…. err – The kiddie fiddling, murdering, perverts known as the Catholic Church are involved – you know – the procurers of children for sacrifice and sexual abuse.