Sacred Heart Sisters to Care for ‘Angels Plot’

ROSCREA’S Sacred Heart Sisters have given assurances that a grave site in Sean Ross Abbey containing the remains of mothers and babies who died in child birth, will remain a sacred space for relatives to visit, ahead of a planned takeover of the Abbey by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

ROSCREA’S Sacred Heart Sisters have given assurances that a grave site in Sean Ross Abbey containing the remains of mothers and babies who died in child birth, will remain a sacred space for relatives to visit, ahead of a planned takeover of the Abbey by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

Concerns for the future of the “Angels Plot” in Sean Ross Abbey, a former “mother and baby” home, were reported by the Tipperary Star last week. Collette Chambers said she and other adoptees would block any sale of land where the remains of young mothers and their children are buried.

This week, a spokesperson for the Sacred Heart Sisters said they have assured Ms Chambers that the Order will care for the Angels Plot for as long as they are able. Sr Julie Rose said they had received correspondence from Ms Chambers concerning the site on May 30th. The response below has since been conveyed to Ms Chambers.

“We would like to make it clear from the outset that there has never been any question of this area being part of any proposed disposal of property at Roscrea. On the contrary, the Sisters have always considered the plot to be sacred and have lovingly cared for it over many years, as can be seen by any visitor there. Please be assured that we are committed to looking after the plot for so long as we are able,” says Sr Rose.

“Indeed, although the Sisters out of necessity will shortly be vacating Corville House, arrangements have already been made for a small Community of Sisters to remain resident in alternative accommodation at the entrance to the Estate. In this way we shall ensure that the plot continues to be properly maintained.

“As to Sean Ross Abbey itself, it has been agreed in principle that the ownership and responsibility for this area is to be assumed by the Office of Public Works (OPW), and you will understand that we are unable to make any statement on their behalf. It is our sincere hope that this response will allay your concerns as to the future of the Angels Plot at Roscrea. With every good wish.” The letter is signed by Sr Julie Rose, “for and on behalf of the Trustees.”