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The amateur sleuth and the lost babies

How amateur historian Catherine Corless exposed a national scandal in Ireland – the discovery of a children’s mass grave at a former mother and baby home.

Catherine Corless has always been interested in history. She’s from Tuam in the west of Ireland, and after her children had grown up, she enrolled in history classes. As a little girl, she had always been aware of the local Mother and Baby Home – a Catholic institution for unmarried mothers and their children. When she started digging, she couldn’t find much public information about the place, but then she unearthed a shocking statistic – almost 800 children had died in that home, but their bodies were missing. Catherine began tirelessly investigating. Her work would thrust her into the spotlight and expose a national scandal in Ireland.

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(Image: Catherine Corless. Photo credit: PA.)

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