Her little brother Stephen, sadly died there at a few weeks old and is buried in an unmarked grave in Dun Laoghaire.
Of course I made the dolls for her. As I sat and sewed Stephen’s tiny doll I cried and cried. I felt so honoured to be holding this little baby in my heart as my hands sewed. This baby I never met, a person I would never know, but who was nonetheless important and special and worthy of being loved. I thought every baby who had died like this, in one of these homes should be held in this way.
So I resolved to do that, to make a doll for each baby that died in Ireland’s Mother and Baby homes.
It was then I did some research and realised that the numbers were staggeringly high: estimated at around 6000! There is no way that I could do this task alone. And so began The Bábóg Project.
I recruited a few friends and we put our heads together to work out a way to make this happen.
We launched the Facebook page in November 2018 and shortly after that I created a pattern that we could send out to people. The Project has been growing from there. We found some other patters we could use, knitting, knotting and crochet. In the summer of 2019 I started offering free workshops both public and to private groups.
The project is still growing and we still have a long way to go. It is an incredible journey and I am so humbled by the amount of time, care, love and attention people have and do give. It will be an incredible day when we first see all 6000 dolls laid out together. It will be so powerful and such a strong statement.”