On Wednesday 2nd April 2014 at 4pm a headstone bearing the names of 222 babies and young children from Bethany Home was unveiled in Mount Jerome Cementry, Harold's Cross, Dublin.

An Ecumenical service conducted by Canon Mark Gardiner in the Victorian chapel in Mount Jerome Cemetry and was attended by survivors of Bethany Home and thier families, along with representatives of both Church and State. Survivors had travelled from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Austrailia and Portugal to attend the ceremony.

The 6ft memorial stone made from Kilkenny limestone is decorated with carved designs of toys to signify a lost childhood and trees in recognition of the length of time the campaign for recognition has taken.

Derek Leinster, chairman of the Bethany Homes Survivors Group, who spent nearly 4 years in the home as a child said the survivors quest for redress from the State would not end with the memorial.

The Protestant-run home for unmarried mothers and their children was in operation from 1921 to 1972. It was first based in Blackhall Place, Dublin and later moved to Rathgar.


Update March 2015

Memorial updated to reflect additional five children

Another five names have been added to the headstone in Mount Jerome Cementry, Harold's Cross, Dublin. These are in addition to the 222 babies and young children on there already.

Unveiling of Bethany Homes Grave (from RTE)

The short clip (to the left) was from RTE news (2 April 2014) where Government ministers joined their Northern Assembly counterparts, church representatives and survivors of the Bethany Home for the unveiling of a monument. This was erected to remember to over 200 children buried in previously unmarked graves.

The 222 children died between 1922 and 1949 in the now-defunct home and were buried secretly in Mount Jerome Cemetery nearby.

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Bethany Homes Service

The clip (to the left) was filmed at the Survivors Service (2 April 2014). This was erected to remember to over 200 children buried in previously unmarked graves.

The 222 children died between 1922 and 1949 in the now-defunct home and were buried secretly in Mount Jerome Cemetery nearby.

Flash player is required to view this external video (located on RTE)

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