Links The mission of the Adoption Support Network of Ireland is to promote and demand equal human and civil rights for all those affected by the outdated, unjust Irish adoption system. In Ireland and across the world, Amnesty International exposes the truth, speaks out and creates change.Within Ireland, Amnesty International Irish Section campaigns, lobbies, and carries out research to oppose attacks on the human rights framework, and to hold the Irish Government accountable for compliance with the international conventions it has ratified.

Birth Parents of Adopted Children (Cork): “We are a support group based in Cork for birth parents of adopted children. We meet quarterly for support and provide a telephone support service. If anyone is interested in further details, you can email

Justice for Magdalenes: Former members of the Magdalene Memorial Committee have joined with a group of Magdalene Laundry survivors to form a new group to campaign for justice for women who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries. Contact: Claire McGettrick, PRO, Justice for Magdalenes at Crocknahattina, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.

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Know My Own: Know My Own is a Cork-based support group for adopted people, allied to AdoptionIreland. Monthly meetings are held in the Ardmanning Inn, Togher. Please see the AdoptionIreland Mailing List for further details (details of meetings are posted there) or e-mail

The Adoption Authority: Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Direct lines for Adoption Information and Tracing Unit: 01-2309327 / 01-2309328/ 01-2309325 Main Switchboard: 01-2309300 Duty Social Worker: 01-2309306 E-mail: Website: The Authority has details on all legal adoptions since 1953. Also has the records for St. Therese’s Adoption Society, Whitefriar St., Dublin 8, & Catholic Women’s Aid, Cork.

Mathair Áil: Mathair Áil is a group of Irish mothers who lost one or more children to adoption. They run monthly support meetings, have an internet based support group and a helpline number at 087 645 1494 which is available to callers on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm and on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Access to information and support is provided on the Mathair Áil website

Births, Marriages and Deaths, (General Registrar’s Office): Dublin Office: Joyce House, Irish Life Mall, Talbot Street,Dublin 2. Tel: 01-6711968.Please note this office has relocated from its previous Lombard Street location in Dublin.        Roscommon Office: General Register Office, Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon. Tel: 090 6632900 LoCall: 1890 252076 Fax: 090 6632999 or

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