New research suggests that some 796 children were secretly buried in the sewage tank of a home run by nuns in Tuam, Ireland, where unmarried pregnant women were sent to give birth in an attempt to preserve the country's devout Catholic image, NBC News reported. People who lived near the home-- run by nuns from the Bon Secours Sisters congregation between 1925 and 1961 -- said they have known about the unmarked mass grave for decades, but a fresh investigation was sparked this week after research by a local historian purportedly showed that of the hundreds of children who died at the home, only one was buried at a cemetery.
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This file photo shows Kilmacduagh, an old monestrry in the Burren.
Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 Updated at 10:13 PM EDT