Republic of Shame | Caelainn Hogan

Sharing Stories on the Mother and Baby Home Era in Ireland

With the ongoing legacy of the mother and baby home institutions still affecting countless lives in Ireland and beyond, Republic of Shame author Caelainn Hogan will be visiting midlands counties in August to engage in discussion with locals about this topic and its resonance. Roscommon Arts Centre, The Backstage Theatre Longford and The Ramor Theatre Cavan will host visits where people living in or from the midland’s region are invited to discuss this time in Irish society and how it may have affected them. Reflections that are coming to light following recent media coverage of the national report is creating a possibility for people of all ages to talk about what happened in the past and about the ongoing legacy of the mother and baby institutions and provides an opportunity to document any personal responses on this issue for inclusion in a podcast focusing on the midlands counties. *Inclusion in this is an option not a pre-requisite. All sharings will be treated confidentially.

Caelainn will be in Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday August 20th and people are invited to come forward and engage with Caelainn on the day in an environment that is welcoming and safe. The wish is to collect responses from the area and encourage conversations around experiences of pregnancy in Ireland, searches for answers about origins and identity, the status of illegitimacy, faith and family, shame and exclusion, and unspoken stories. All stories and reflections are welcome.

Anyone wishing to speak with Caelainn can email her at All sharing’s will be treated confidentially.

Caelainn Hogan is a journalist from Dublin whose book Republic of Shame investigates the ongoing legacy of the religious-run institutions, narrated through her own experience of speaking with survivors and those who helped operate the shame-industrial complex. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The Guardian, Harper’s, The Dublin Review and more.

This project is part of the LIVE Network, a literary network that was established in partnership with Words Ireland, in 2018, as part of a Literary Audience Development Scheme, managed by curator Dani Gill. The LIVE Network supports writers and aims to animate communities and generate interest in reading, writing and literature as an art form.


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