junemay wrote: »
Me too, after 35 years.
Breda Kelly wrote: »
My son was born in holles st hospital in 1973" we were in the good shepherd convent until march 1973" when he was adopted. When I did try to find him ..it was too late he has died in 2002" he would have been 40 this feb.
Jackeen68 wrote: »
Does anyone remember Fr. George Aggar who would come once a month to say Mass and hear confessions? He was so sweet and kind. I kept in touch with him for a few years after but then he left for a mission in Africa and we lost touch.
survived wrote: »
hi sunshine 1799 glad to hear you had a very good experience in dunboyne and were treated so well, unfortunately not all of us were so lucky I feel quite insulted that you would say we were lying, could so many people be telling untruths ? Yes some days were ok but believe me there were others that werent but sadly we all have our own memories and our own ghosts.
Black Witch101 wrote: »
I found my birth mother a few years ago - she is one of the most vile persons I have ever met - thank God she did give me up - absolute horror of a human being. For those searching, tread lightly, is my advice. I wishI'd let sleeping dogs lie. Thankfull I am a very strong person, so it didn't bother me, but weaker people could get very hurt if they met a birth mother like that thing who gave birth to me.
sunshine1799 wrote: »
Sorry I didnt mean to insult anyone its just you hear so much in the media vilifying the nuns because they never made me feel bad the opposite really. Sorry again I was very insensitive to others who feel they were mistreated by the orders. I was there in the 80s and it was ok the only person that made me feel bad was myself I am not saying it didnt affect me, it did, as I was so young but I was luckier than most as my circumstances was ok. Lou
Laura1968 wrote: »
I was in Dunboyne from Nov '84 to March 1985, not dates I have seen anyone else post about.
At that stage there were no babies there, but one of the bedrooms was still called the nursery, which is what it had been. We were known by our first names, with the addition of our middle name if there were two girls there with the same first name at the same time.
The taxi company used for night trips was the sixes (76 66 66) taxis in Dublin, as my uncle drove for them, and he told me about it.
Thanks for the name of the retreiver dog, Jacko, and for Sr Ambrose who I had forgotten. Sr Claire was/is a midwife, and did the anti natal classes, with us all on mats spread down along the corridor. I was back to visit Sr Cait once when my daughter was about 2, and she was thrilled to see us, but it was strange to be in the "convent" side of the house.
Does anyone remember the plane crash? A light aircraft came down in the field behind the house on weekwhile I was there. And the central heating packed in, and took weeks to get fixed :-(
Siobhan, from Cork, Siobhan Mary from Donegal, Bernie from Galway, Cathy from North Dublin, I wonder where you are now. Other faces I can remember, but not the names. Chrissy was the domestic lady, daft as a brush, but heart of gold :-)
2808 wrote: »
I was born in December 1971 and given up for adoption six weeks later from the Good Shepard, Dunboyne. I had great adoptive parents but sadly they are both deceased many years now. I never looked for my birth mother because I felt if she wanted to find me that she would be looking for me. Reading these posts has made me realise that maybe things aren't as simple as that.
Mazdoll wrote: »
My son is twenty this week. It has been two decades since I spent my pregnancy in the Good Shepherd Mother and baby home in Dunboyne. My son is with me and we have not had an easy life but a good life "together". I always think of all the girls who were there in dunboyne spending their preganacy with me. All the babies given up for adoption, where are they now, the heart ache and loss of the Mam's and the waiting for contact over these years.
I think of the letters we had to write to our babies, newly born at the time and the cries in the "after hospital room" from us mothers for the loss of our children.
If any of you are reading this, I have not forgotten and for every milestone I reach with my son, I think of you and hope that one day you will be reunited.
busylizzydaisy wrote: »
I was there in the 1980`s there we were told our babies were going for adoption and that was final. i was so afraid to ask any questions. in the hospital we werent given any pain killers or anything
i had not a clue of giving birth or anything did not know what was going on or anything they were so mean there I REMEMBER waking up after been sick
i dont know how long i had been there or even what day it was and i woke up in this thing all i could see was horrible white / grey walls and a horrible smell
The time I spent there will remain with me forever I will always have the feeling of been abandoned by the very community of people that was supposed to upstanding and a pillar of the community.
If anyone is reading this and was a resident in Dunboyne I would like to hear from you
survived wrote: »
Hi busylizzie i too had a dreadful experience in holles street no pain relief, being left uncovered for visitors to gape at, so humilating but who cared I was from dunboyne and an unmarried mother didnt matter i was in labour for nearly 2 days and my daughter was 11lb OUCH !! .
ilovemyweedogs wrote: »
What are we meant to do now i feel like i need counselling, is there any one feeling like this