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Summary

One woman, the secrets of a small town and a quest for justice that rocked a nation.

Catherine Corless could not have known where her interest in local history would lead her as she began researching the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway in 2010. Uncovering no less than 796 missing burial records of children born there, the stark truth of their place of rest became clear: a disused sewage tank on the old home site, where two boys had once stumbled upon bones. 

But who were these lost children, and what had happened to them in the care of the Bons Secours order of nuns? 

Determined to know more, Catherine's painstaking research led to a quest for justice that continues still, as, often against fierce resistance, she brought to light a terrible truth that shocked the world, impacted the Vatican and led to a Commission of Investigation in Ireland. 

Part memoir, part detective story, Belonging is both a personal account - of identity, beginnings and Catherine's search for her own mother's lost story - and a recounting of her forensic crusade on behalf of the lost babies of Tuam. It speaks to the tender love of a mother and her child, to the unforgettable screams that echoed through the corridors as babies were taken against the parent's will and to a mystery that continues to this day, as so many still search to know where, and to whom, they belong.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Catherine Corless (P)2021 Hachette Books Ireland

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Tragic story

This book is absolutely fantastic. Giving a voice to children who had their voice stolen by church and state. Catherine Corless’ determination, grit and fearlessness is outstanding. Her words in the final chapter about the playground had me in tears. I thank her for exposing the cruel treatment of the women and children and for fighting for justice for them. I only hope the babies get a proper funeral and burial soon.

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powerfull

loved it!! incredible story loved by an incredible lady. I was lost in the story great writing

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Belonging

This was the most moving and most incredible book I have listened to. There are no words to describe what happened in the Tuam Mother and Baby home but Catherine Corless should be honoured with the highest award for what she has done and she narrated it beautifully. Moving beyond words

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A shocking and sad tale

I don’t have strong enough words to describe how amazing I think Catherine Corless is. She’s gone even higher in my estimation having just finished this book, I had no idea just how far she has gone to ensure the right thing is done for poor families. Well worth a read.

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Excellent narration of a very powerful story. A great start to my audible book journey.

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Remember the children that Ireland forgot.

Narrator was brilliant,. Catherine's anger, frustrations and sadness came through her voice. Highly highly recommend.

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great

Great book I really enjoyed it. would recommend this to others for sure. Great