Belonging by Catherine Corless: Author has banished shame and broken silence

Review: Corless fleshes out individual accounts from some of many Tuam survivors

Catherine Corless at the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home in 2019. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Catherine Corless at the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home in 2019. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Catherine Corless has become a national and international figure since her extraordinary research work on the Tuam mother and baby home, and her ongoing advocacy for survivors and relatives of those who inhabited that institution. 

Corless grew up beside the home and went to school with some of the children who lived there. Later in life she became interested in the history of the home after doing a local history course, and set out to write about its origins and development.

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