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Second burial ground found at Tuam mother and baby home

It is not believed. however, that the plot holds any more bodies than previously disclosed.

Image: Laura Hutton via Photocall Ireland

A SECOND BURIAL ground has been found at the Tuam mother and baby home, where 800 children are believed to have died.

A report in today’s Irish Daily Mail says that the burial ground is adjacent to the one which made international headlines in the summer.

The site was found by local historian Catherine Corless, who told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the site was a “continuation” of the first site.

She said that she had noticed a proposal from the local council to do something to with the site. The plan had been to build a playground on the site.

Almost 800 children died at the home run by the Bon Secours Sisters from 1925-1961.

Corless said that the site does not mean that there are additional bodies, however.

“There had been some questions about how 800 babies could be buried in such a small corner, but this map clearly indicates that the site was much, much larger than that.”

Corless says that the minutes show that Galway County Council was aware of the site as far back as 1979.

She says that the maps and minutes “absolutely prove” that the children are buried there and are being “walked on and driven on”.

She said that she has met with Children’s Minister James Reilly, but said that he did not give her a timescale for the Commission of Inquiry.

Read: The world is talking about Tuam’s 800 dead babies

Read: Here’s the latest information about the Tuam mother-and-baby home

Read: ‘It’s time to do something’ – The forgotten mass grave of 800 babies in Galway

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