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Author Anne Briggs held up her book 'The Swan Garden' during the Jan. 8 meeting of the Reedley Drama Club. Briggs is an Irish Mother - Baby Home survivor and shared her experiences with those in attendance. 

Clovis  author Anne Briggs visited the Reedley Drama Club on Jan 8 to share her life story which began in an "Irish Mother - Baby Home" in Castlepollard, Ireland in 1949. 

Irish Mother - Baby Homes were orphanages for unwed Irish mothers and their babies. The centers operated from 1904 through 1996.

Briggs lived in an Irish orphanage in Dublin through her 4th birthday.  She said that although she was in poor health, she was brought to America at age five to live with her new adoptive family.   

She shared her experiences of growing up with her adoptive family in the United States, and her desire to connect the missing dots of her life by finding her birth mother  and Irish family so that she could understand what had happened.  

According to, a three year long investigation called the "Clann Report" detailed abuse by nuns against the unwed mothers and their children who stayed at these types of orphanages.

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