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Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne
The Ard Mhuire mother and baby home in Dunboyne was opened by the sisters of the Good Shepherd in 1955.  It closed in 1991. 
The Good Shepherd sisters also ran Magdalene Laundries in New Ross, Waterford, Cork, Limerick.  For information on the Magdalene Laundries visit
Justice for Magdalenes who have uncovered evidence that women and girls were transferred from Ard Mhuire (which received state funding) to Magdalene Laundries.

Unfortunately we do not possess further information about Ard Mhuire.  Please contact us at heritage@adoptionrightsalliance.com if you have further information that may help.

Records for Ard Mhuire are held by:

Health Service Executive North Eastern Area
Regional Adoption Service
Child and Family Centre
Dublin Road 
Co Louth

Tel:  041 – 9832963

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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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