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Manor House, Castlepollard

The Manor House Mother and Baby Home at Castlepollard was run by the Sacred Heart Sisters, the same order of nuns as Bessboro in Cork from 1935 until 1971, as well as Sean Ross Abbey. According to Mike Millotte's Banished Babies, 278 babies were secretly exported from Castlepollard to the US for adoption. 

At present we have no further information regarding Castlepollard.  Please contact us at heritage@adoptionrightsalliance.com if you have further  information that may help.

Records for Castlepollard are now held at:


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

Photos were kindly donated by Judy Campbell.

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

Entrance to Manor House, Castlepollard

Back of hospital

Altar in church

Baptismal Font

Inside Manor House, corridor behind leads to chapel

According to the guide, the maternity ward was on the 3rd floor

Memorial for the babies - no marked graves anywhere

Side entrance to the chapel

The "Hospital" - Manor House to the right


View from balcony

View from altar

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Please note we have gathered the information from survivor accounts and what little records are available to the public.  Until the religious run agencies open their records it will not be possible to compile a full history of past adoption practice in Ireland.  If you have any corrections, contact us at  heritage@adoptionrightsalliance.com 

“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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