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"They were regarded as the children of sin," he said. "They were only little children, aged four to seven years of age, it was a horrible way to treat them."  They grew up, he said, behind the high walls of the mother and baby home - set up by the Church for women who became pregnant outside marriage and their illegitimate children.  "The walls were 8 ft to 12 ft high and the kids were in behind. The only opportunity to meet was at school. But they were segregated from us," Mr Dwyer said

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"They were regarded as the children of sin," he said. "They were only little children, aged four to seven years of age, it was a horrible way to treat them." They grew up, he said, behind the high walls of the mother and baby home - set up by the Church for women who became pregnant outside marriage and their illegitimate children. "The walls were 8 ft to 12 ft high and the kids were in behind. The only opportunity to meet was at school. But they were segregated from us," Mr Dwyer said

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