Home: Part One

17 March - 17 July 2021

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Premieres 17th March, 7pm

Watch on our YouTube channel

The national theatre of Ireland's response to the report on Mother and Baby Institutions

In January 2021 the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes published its report investigating the discrimination experienced by vulnerable women and children in Mother and Baby Institutions in Ireland. It asserted that, over 76 years from 1922 to 1998, some 56,000 mothers and 57,000 children were kept in the 14 Mother and Baby Institutions and four County Homes it examined.

Home: Part One is a direct response to the report on Mother and Baby Homes, focusing on the testimonies of survivors. Home: Part One will be broadcast on St. Patrick’s Day 2021, a day where we celebrate our identity should also be a day for us to reflect on Ireland’s history and on the experiences of its citizens. It will be available to watch back for four months after.

The readings will stream on our YouTube channel at 7pm on 17th March 2021.

For a running order and credits, download our online programme.

School’s Resources 

Our Community and Education team have worked with teachers from Larkin Community College to create educational resources to accompany Home: Part One. They are designed for Junior Certifitcate, Transition Year and Leaving Certificate classes and consist of a Teacher’s Pack and Supporting Slides.

Download – Teachers Pack

Download – Supporting Slides


Home: Part One is in aid of Barnardos Post Adoption Service. Please support the service by making a donation at www.barnardos.ie/donate

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Images: Ste Murray

The testimonies will be read by some of Ireland’s leading actors and public figures, with live music performed by Mary Coughlan and Johnny Taylor.

Readers: Karen Ardiff, Ivana Bacik, Cathy Belton, Jane Brennan, Noelle Brown, Siobhan Callaghan, Orla Casey, Catherine Connolly, Derbhle Crotty, Amelia Crowley, Anne Enright, Hilda Fay, Liz Fitzgibbon, Brenda Fricker, Gráinne Hallahan, Mary Healy, Esosa Ighodaro, Jess Kavanagh, Lauren Larkin, Susan Lohan, Síle Maguire, Ruth McCabe, Gillian McCarthy, Denise McCormack, Mary McDonagh, Eleanor Methven, Sarah Morris, Marie Mullen, Laura Murphy, Mary Murray, Máire Ní Ghráinne, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Donna Anita Nikolaisen, Melissa Nolan, Helen Norton, Marion O’Dwyer, Olivia O’Leary, Aisling O’Sullivan, Geraldine Plunkett, Joan Sheehy, Noni Stapleton, Carmel Stephens, Catherine Walsh, Eleanor Walsh, Ali White.

Filmed portraits, in order of appearance:

Portrait 1: Joan McDermott
Portrait 2: Mary Coll
Portrait 3: PJ Haverty
Portrait 4: Catherine Coffey O’Brien
Portrait 5: Anne Fitzgerald


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