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St. Patrick's Home, Navan Road
St. Patrick's Home on the Navan Road was initially known as Pelletstown and was originally set up to provide for children in poverty in Dublin during the late 1800's.  It was run by the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, (now called the Daughters of Charity). According to Mike Millotte's Banished Babies, St. Patrick's Home was involved in the secret export of 254 children to the US for adoption from the 1940's to the 1970's.  St. Patrick's closed in 1985.

Records for St. Patrick's are held by:

Health Service Executive, Northern Area
Child Care Services, Health, Service Executive Northern Area, Park House, North Circular Road, Dublin 7
Tel: 01 – 8387122

At present we have no further information regarding St. Patrick's Home.  Please contact us at heritage@adoptionrightsalliance.com if you have further  information that may help.

The photographs below were taken by Sr. Maeve O'Sullivan.  Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

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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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