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Status of transfer of adoption records
Please note, we try to keep this page updated regularly, if you find that information is out of date please feel free to contact us to let us know.  You can also visit the Tusla website here for further information on the location of records.

Adoption Agencies

Adoption Authority
Address: Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Tel 01-2309300 
Email adoptioninfo@health.irlgov.ie 
Web http://www.aai.gov.ie  

Files/records held:
The Adoption Board has details on all legal adoptions since 1953.
Also holds records for the St. Therese's Adoption Society, Whitefriar St., Dublin 8, and Catholic Women's Aid, Cork.

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St. Patrick's Guild
Address: 203 Merrion Rd
Dublin 4.
Tel: 01-2196551

UPDATE: St. Patrick's Guild records are currently being transferred to Tusla.  We will update this page when we have further details.

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Sacred Heart Adoption Society
Sacred Heart Adoption Society, Bessboro is now closed - enquiries to:
Child and Family Agency
Regional Adoption Services
Páirc Na gCrann
St Stephen’s Hospital
Sarsfield Court
Glanmire
Co. Cork
Phone: 021 4858650

Files/records previously held by Bessboro:

The Catholic Women’s Aid Society, 14 Browne St, Cork (possibly now with the Adoption Authority) - records held by:
Child and Family Agency
Regional Adoption Services
Páirc Na gCrann
St Stephen’s Hospital
Sarsfield Court
Glanmire
Co. Cork
Phone: 021 4858650

The Children’s Welfare League, Brown St, Cork
Current location of records unknown, contact:

Child and Family Agency
Regional Adoption Services
Páirc Na gCrann
St Stephen’s Hospital
Sarsfield Court
Glanmire
Co. Cork
Phone: 021 4858650


Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary - records now held by:
Child and Family Agency
Adoption Service,
2 St Andrew’s Terrace,
Newtown,
Waterford.
Tel: 051 – 860048

Sacred Heart Convent, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath
Records now held by:

Child and Family Agency
Regional Adoption Services,
County Clinic,
St Conals Campus,
Letterkenny
Co Donegal.
Ph: 074 9104716


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St. Louise's Adoption Society
Address:
HSE Information & Tracing Service
2nd Floor Nexus Building
Units 4/5
Blanchardstown Corporate Park
Dublin 15 
Tel 01-897 6858 / 01 897 6881

Other files/records held (by the HSE):
Dublin Health Authority / Dublin Board of Assistance, 1 James’ St., Dublin 8
St Patrick’s Home, Navan Road, Dublin 7
Rotunda Girls Aid Society, RGAS, Procathedral, Dublin 1 (See below)

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Rotunda Girls Aid Society (RGAS):

The RGAS has now closed and files are with the HSE - enquiries to:

HSE Information & Tracing Service
2nd Floor Nexus Building
Units 4/5
Blanchardstown Corporate Park
Dublin 15 
Tel 01-897 6858 / 01 897 6881

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Cunamh 
Address 30 South Anne St. Dublin 2
Tel: 01-6779664.
Email: info@cunamh.com 
Web: http://www.cunamh.com 

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St. Attracta's 
Address: St. Mary's, Sligo.
Tel: 071-43058
Email:  stattractas@gmail.com  

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St. Mura's
Address: Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Tel: 074-21653 

Other files/records held:
Nazareth House, Fahan, Lifford, Co. Donegal.

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St Clare’s Adoption Society (Stamullen)

St. Clare's is now closed and files are with the HSE - enquiries to:

Regional Adoption Service
Child and Family Centre
Dublin Road
Drogheda
Co. Louth 
Tel: 041 – 9832963

Other files/records held (by the HSE):
Meath County Council
Monaghan County Council
St Joseph’s Babies’ Home, Stamullen, Co Meath
Good Shepherd Home (Ard Mhuire), Dunboyne, Co Meath

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PACT
Address: 15 Belgrave Rd. Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Tel: 01-4975155.

Files/records held:   
Bethany Home, Rathgar

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St. Brigid's
Address: 16 The Coombe, Dublin 8
Tel: 01-4542917.

NOTE:  St. Brigid's is not accredited by the Adoption Authority and is therefore not authorised to carry out traces.  We suggest you contact the Adoption Authority for assistance.

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Challenge (Ossory) Adoption Society
St John’s Adoption Society
St Kevin’s Adoption Society

The above agencies are now closed and files are held by the HSE - enquiries to:

HSE South
Adoption Service
2 St Andrew’s Terrace
Newtown
Waterford               
Tel: 051 – 860048

Other files/records held (by the HSE):
Wexford County Council

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St Anne’s Adoption Society

St. Anne's is now closed and files are held by the HSE - enquiries to:

Adoption Department
Unit 4
South Ring Business Park
Kinsale Road
Cork
Tel: 021 – 4927250           

Other files/records held (by the HSE):
Cork Health Authority

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St Mary’s Adoption Society, Killarney

St. Mary's is now closed and files are with the HSE - enquiries to:

Adoption Department
Kerry Community Services
Rathass
Tralee
Co. Kerry 
Tel: 066 – 7154628

Other files/records held (by the HSE):
Kerry Health Authority

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St Nicholas' Adoption Society

St. Nicholas' Adoption Society is now closed and files are with the HSE -enquiries to:

Regional Adoption Service
West City Centre
Seamus Quirke Road
Galway         
Tel: 091 – 548430

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Adoption Services Department
St. Mary’s Headquarters
Castlebar,
Co Mayo                                                                                                             

Tel: 094 – 9022333

Files/records held:
Mayo County Council
Mayo Health Authority

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Limerick Catholic Adoption Society 

Limerick Catholic Adoption Society
is now closed and files are with the HSE -enquiries to:

Adoption Department Parkbeg House
2 Elm Drive
Caherdavin
Co. Limerick 
Tel: 061 - 206840

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St. Catherine's
Address: Clarecare, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare
Tel: 065-28178.

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“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting loneliness." 

Alex Haley, Author of Roots 



 

 

 

 

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