Speaker: Rita McCarthy
This is the story of the County Clare Nursery. A Mother and Baby Home that was housed in the Kilrush Workhouse from 1922 – 1932.
This Institution was set up as part of the County Clare Amalgamation to replace the Poor Law in the County. It also became the facility for unmarried pregnant women and their children as well as acting as an Orphanage.
Upwards of 400 children were born there but the poor condition of the building and the lack of adequate provisions for the women and children meant a horrendously high death rate.