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Republic of Shame: Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes

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Join Caelainn Hogan (author, Republic of Shame) and Liverpool-based survivor-advocate, Dr Maev McDaid, for a panel on Mother and Baby Homes.

Republic of Shame: Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes

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Rendall Building, University of Liverpool, L69 7WW

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Join Caelainn Hogan (author, Republic of Shame) and Liverpool-based survivor-advocate, Dr Maev McDaid, for a panel on Mother and Baby Homes.

Until alarmingly recently, the Catholic Church - acting in concert with the Irish state - operated a network of institutions for the concealment, punishment and exploitation of 'fallen women'.

In the Magdalene laundries, girls and women were incarcerated and condemned to servitude. And in the mother-and-baby homes, women who had become pregnant out of wedlock were hidden from view and - in most cases - their babies were adopted - sometimes illegally.

“At least in The Handmaid's Tale they value babies, mostly. Not so in the true stories here”, Margaret Atwood responding to Republic of Shame.

As many as 86,000 people are thought to have been directly affected by Mother and Baby and County Homes in Ireland. Many of these men and women moved to England.

Join Caelainn Hogan (author, Republic of Shame) and Liverpool-based researcher and survivor-advocate, Dr Maev McDaid, for a panel discussion on this topic and on the recent relief scheme for survivors as announced by the Irish government.

This event is hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival 2022.

Click here to learn more about the Liverpool Irish Festival, including the full events listing for the 2022 Festival.