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Sean Ross Abbey

Sean Ross Abbey was run by the Sacred Heart Sisters, the same order of nuns that ran the Sacred Heart Convent in Bessboro Cork from 1930 until 1970, as well as Manor House in Castlepollard.  According to Mike Millotte's Banished Babies, 438 babies were secretly exported from Sean Ross Abbey to the US for adoption, second only to St. Patrick's Guild.  


Martin Sixsmith's book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee concerns a US adoption from Sean Ross Abbey.


Records for Sean Ross Abbey are now held at:


Child and Family Agency
Adoption Service,
2 St Andrew’s Terrace,
Tel: 051 – 860048

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

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

Set 1 kindly donated by Judy Campbell

Sean Ross Abbey

Staircase facing you as you entered the convent

Mother Barbara's Grave

White building is where the mothers' bedrooms were and the building in front was the nursery

Old farm buildings, now used as workshops

Possible location of graves

Aerial photo of Sean Ross Abbey

Set 2 kindly donated by one of Sean Ross Abbey's alumni, Brian Lockier

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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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