The Shame of Ireland
A Group has called on the Government to include former residents of a Protestant-run home in the redress scheme for victims of abuse. The Bethany House Survivors Group represents people who attended two Bethany Homes in Dublin between 1921 and 1972.
The group was formally announced in May 2010 following the discovery last week of unmarked graves of children at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.
The children had resided in Bethany Home, a residential institution which operated in Blackhall Place, Dublin, from 1921-1934 and in Orwell Road, Rathgar, until it closed in 1972.
A total of 219 unmarked graves containing the remains of children who were residents at the home between 1922 and 1949, have now been found. The Bethany mother and baby home was run by evangelical members of the Church of Ireland but had no formal connection with that church. It operated at Blackhall Place in Dublin from 1921-34 and at Orwell Road, Rathgar, until it closed in 1972.
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