Mother and Baby Homes — Republic of Ireland

The establishments listed below provided at least some accommodation for unmarried mothers and their babies. They include maternity homes, before-and-after-confinement care homes, hostels for pregnant working girls or working mothers, and Magdalen Homes.

Where available, the 'Places' column shows the accommodation provided for mothers and babies (exact figures could change over time).
Note that over the years, many institutions changed location and/or name, sometimes more than once. The accommodation provided, age of those admitted etc. at a home could also vary.

Co. Cavan

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Cathedral Road, Cavan1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Clare

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Auxiliary Home, St Joseph's Terrace, Cooraclare Road, Kilrush1922Unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Cork

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Sacred Heart Home, Bessborough1922Unmarried mothers and their babies  
West Cork County Home, Convent Road, Clonakilty1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  
Bessboro House, Blackrock, Cork1922 25m/25b 
St Finbarr's, Douglas Road, Cork1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  
North Cork Auxiliary Home, The Showgrounds, Fermoy1920sUnmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Donegal

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
The Castle, Newtowncunningham  8m/8b 
County Home, The Glebe, Stranorlar1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Dublin

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Gerard's, 39 Mountjoy Square, Dublin1933Fee-paying privatecases and 'select destitute cases'.20m/12b 
Miss Carr's (Flatlets), 5 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin  8m/8b 
Dublin Magdalen Asylum, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin1766Respectable class on first fall. Free. Protestantss only.20under 20
Belmont (Flatlets), Belmont Avenue, DublinDOC 11m/11b 
Dublin Magdalen Asylum, Denny House, Eglinton Road, Dublin1766 7m/7b 
St Kevin's Institution, James Street, Dublin1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  
St Patrick's Mother and Baby Home, Navan Road, Pelletstown, Dublinc.1906   
Regina Coeli Hostel, North Brunswick Street, Dublin    
Dublin Bethany Home, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin1934   
Templeogue Nursery Rescue Home, Little Fortfield, Templeogue1910First fall maternity cases. Remain 6 months after birth of baby. Payment when possible.12no limit

Co. Galway

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Dublin Road, Tuam1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  
Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home, Dublin Road, Tuam1926   

Co. Kerry

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Rock Road, Killarney1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Kildare

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Woodstock Street, Athy1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Kilkenny

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Chapel Lane, Thomastown1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Queen's County (Co. Laois)

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Columbkille's County Home, St Joseph's Terrace, Mountmellick1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Leitrim

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Station Road, Manorhamilton1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Limerick

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Borough Home, Shelbourne Road, Limerick1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  
County Home, Gortboy, Newcastle West1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Longford

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Dublin Road, Longford1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Louth

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Dublin Road, Drogheda1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  
County Home, Ardee Road, Dundalk1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Mayo

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Davitt's Terrace, Castlebar1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Meath

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Ard Mhuire Mother and Baby Home, Maynooth Road, Dunboyne1955   
County Home, Patrick Street, Trim1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Monaghan

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Laurel Hill, Castleblayney1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

King's County (Co. Offaly)

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Emmett Road, Tullamore1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Roscommon

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Golf Links Road, Roscommon1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Sligo

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Ballytivnan Road, Sligo1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Tipperary

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Deer Park Road, Cashel1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  
St Anne's, Sean Ross Abbey, Short Corville Road, Roscrea1930   
County Home, Castlemeadows, Thurles1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Waterford

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Springmount, Dungarvan1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Westmeath

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Manor House, Castlepollardc.1928Maternity Home.  
St Peter's Hospital, Castlepollardc.1937Maternity Home.136m/120b 
County Home, Castlepollard Road, Mullingar1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Wexford

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Munster Hill, Enniscorthy1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies  

Co. Wicklow

Name and LocationFounded/ OpenedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
County Home, Union Lane, Rathdrum1920sInmates included unmarried mothers and their babies