My Name Is Bridget: The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In 1946, 26 year-old Bridget Dolan walked up the path to the front door of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
Alone and pregnant, she was following in the footsteps of more than a century’s worth of lost souls. Shunned by society for her sins and offered no comfort for her pain, Bridget gave birth to a boy, John, who died at the home in a horrendous state of neglect less than two years later. Her second child was once again delivered into the care of the nuns and was taken from her, never to be seen or heard from again.
She would go on to marry a wonderful man and have a daughter, Anna Corrigan, but it was only after Bridget’s death that Anna discovered she had two brothers her mother had never spoken about. In the aftermath of the explosive revelations that the remains of 796 babies had been found in a septic tank on the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, she became compelled to try and find out if her baby brothers’ remains were among them.
Here, Anna and Alison O’Reilly piece together the erased chapter of the life of Bridget Dolan and her forgotten sons, reminding us that we must never forget what was done to the women and children of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 1 minute|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 February 2021|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 5,640 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This excellent book, as well as bringing to life Bridget's story and the attempts by her daughter to trace two lost little boys, shows the power of the media and vested interests, in the USA particularly, in suppressing what I consider to be a crime against humanity. It is hair raising to think that documentary crews who were set to investigate the story turned back because of the powerful forces selling the story short and insisting that it was nothing more than sensationalism.
But it wasn't.
The State Pathologist for Ireland confirms everything.
The book was clearly written in a hurry and could do with some editing, which is why I only gave it four stars. But later editions should sort that out.
This book heralds a major breakthrough in this sad and disgusting story. If you have any interest in what went on at Tuam I urge you to buy this book
As for the appeal of the book, it is written very much with the sort of emotional edge you would find in a tabloid, with sentences, words and passages repeated. I wonder did the author edit the book herself? It could have done with a thorough substantial edit if you ask me, as it seems a bit rushed. I also noticed that one of the case studies she talks about later on, says that she the mother and baby home was Kirwan House. It was not, it was The Bethany Home, so she has not got her facts straight. I know this because I know the person who she wrote about. Still, overall I enjoyed reading this book.
This book gives us the facts of the case and also gets behind the facts to give us the very personal and moving stories of the people involved. Bridget's story is told movingly by her daughter Anna. Anna's sense of loss and grief about her two lost brothers is palplable. She is a very determined lady and will keep going in her quest for the truth about her brothers stories.
The journalist Alison O'Reilly has done a fantastic job in putting the story together. She gives the facts and manages to blend the real human stories in so that the reader is completely brought along.
Although this is a heart breaking read, there is a hope that some day, the families can find closure and bring their relatives home for buriel where they belong.
A well deserved 5 stars.
This is one of the best books I've read in years. So so emotional, full of highs and lows and highs. It is so informative. I highly recommend this book which is now out on audio cassette which is hugely helpful as many of the survivors prefer listening.