icap (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy)

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Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation

The Irish government has launched a Commission of Investigation into the Mother and Baby Homes and a representative sample of County Homes that existed in Ireland between 1922 and 1988.

The Commission would like to hear from anyone who was resident in or who worked in any of the Mother and Baby Homes or County Homes which are the subject of the investigation. They would also like to hear from people who have personal knowledge about the homes, for example, family members of residents, regular visitors or those who supplied services to the homes.

Their Confidential Committee welcomes written submissions and will also meet in person with a number of former residents, employees and others with relevant information to hear their experiences. They will not reveal the identity of any person who contacts them.

The institutions under investigation are:

  1. Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne, Co Meath
  2. Belmont (Flatlets), Belmont Ave, Dublin 4
  3. Bessboro House, Blackrock, Cork
  4. Bethany Home, originally Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 and from 1934 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
  5. Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway
  6. Denny House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4, originally Magdalen Home, 8 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2
  7. Kilrush, Cooraclare Rd, Co. Clare
  8. Manor House, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath
  9. Ms. Carr’s (Flatlets), 16 Northbrook Rd, Dublin 6
  10. Regina Coeli Hostel, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
  11. Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary
  12. St. Gerard’s, originally 39, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1
  13. St. Patrick’s, Navan Road, Dublin 7, originally known as Pelletstown; and subsequent transfer to Eglinton House, Eglinton Rd, Dublin 4
  14. The Castle, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal

For more information, please visit www.mbhcoi.ie


To contact the Commission:

By confidential freephone  

ROI: 1800 80-66-88

UK: 00 353 1 6445088

The lines are open Monday to Friday (excluding Irish Bank Holidays), 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm

By email


By Post

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation

73 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, D02 N773, or P.O. Box 12626, Dublin 2


If you are in any way affected by this investigation and would like to access emotional support, please contact icap on 020 7272 7906 (London) or 0121 666 7707 (West Midlands). Alternatively you can download our therapy referral form from here.


icap is a registered charity, number 1079353