Excavation begins at site of former mother and baby home on Offaly border

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Excavation begins at site of former mother and baby home on Offaly border

Excavation begins at site of former mother and baby home on Offaly border

Excavation works have begun on the site of a former mother and baby home on the Offaly-Tipperary border this week, the Irish Daily Mail has reported

It's thought that more than 270 could be buried at the site of Sean Ross Abbey near Roscrea.

The abbey was the focus of Oscar-nominated film Philomena in 2013, the story of Philomena Lee, whose son was taken from Sean Ross Abbey and adopted by a family in the US.

The dig comes after a commission of investigation into mother and baby homes, established in 2015, discovered irregularities in the ground. Remains will be examined to determine age and year of death.

The dig is expected to continue for a three-week period.