271. Bessborough House, in County Cork (Ireland)

Children born outside marriage was regarded as shameful for the mother and her family, so the children were often sent to homes hidden from the local communities.

It seems that some of the children were used as guinea pigs in vaccine trials. Some of the children were hurt in the process. Some might even have died. It is not clear if that happened because for obvious reason records were not kept because people realized that it became a dark chapter of Irelands history.

It couldn’t have been fun to be there as a teenager, if a child made it that far in this home.


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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

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