West Limerick woman Philomena Lee is glad the mother and baby homes scandal has led to more people finding out about their origins.
For 50 years, Philomena Lee kept a secret of the birth of her son, Anthony, in a mother and baby home in the 1950s; he was adopted by an American family, one of 60,000 Irish children adopted into the US.
Her efforts to trace him was chronicled in a book and was then made into the Academy Award-nominated film, Philomena.
Philomena Lee was speaking last night at the Éigse Michael Hartnett in her hometown of Newcastle West.
She told Radio Kerry she’s glad people are finding out more about where they came from, in light of the mother and baby homes scandal.