According to the cops, the little Belle was left on the beach less than 24 hours after her birth. When she was found, her body was covered in sand because of the high winds.
Death is a universal truth that makes life even more precious to lead. But, death's inevitability has never lessened the pain and trauma people go through when they lose their loved ones. Anyone's death makes hearts mourn and weep, but sometimes, some deaths are hard to comprehend. In a shocking incident, a tiny box was found laid in the ground by two men. The box had a lifeless baby who was officially buried under the name of 'unknown baby'.
‘Unknown baby’ found on Balbriggan beach buried in cold lonely grave with no mournershttps://t.co/7woC6dUCPp— Extra.ie (@ExtraIRL) March 11, 2019
The body of the baby was discovered on a beach in Balbriggan, north Co Dublin, last year during Christmas. This heart-wrenching news stirred up the internet and left everyone shocked. However, when those two men were burying the child, there were no mourners to be found. The burial took place at 9 a.m. in the morning when a coroner's ambulance drove up beside the plot in Glasnevin Cemetery in north Dublin that carried a wooden box, reported THE IRISH SUN.
The entire burial process was noticed by the onlookers on the beach who saw it not lasting for more than three minutes, which was an unusual setup for a funeral ceremony. Unusual because there were no mourners, no women present or relatives or priests or flowers. There were no tears either. The little baby girl had no one of her own to bid her goodbye for one last time, except for the two men who finished their job in the shortest period of time.
It was indeed one of the painful sights to look at the fact that the baby didn't have anyone left on this earth who could have shed tears for her after her death. The 'unknown baby' was known as 'Belle' by gardai. Her death was everywhere on the internet when her lifeless body was discovered on Bell beach in Balbriggan at 10 a.m. on December 16. When she was found, she was wrapped in cloth when a beach clean-up volunteer found her.
According to the cops, the little Belle was left on the beach less than 24 hours after her birth. When she was found, her body was covered in sand because of the high winds. Soon her body was taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital before putting it in the morgue. The saddest part was no one ever came forward to claim the baby's body but DNA tests were carried out to find her family. CCTC was also under scrutiny to find out about the family.
Many public appeals were made by gardai and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency for the child's mother to come forward and claim the body with a promise that she will be treated with love and care. A week after the news went out about the lifeless body of the baby found on the beach, over 100 people held a vigil on the Bell beach to honor the child.
Garda Sergeant Fiona Savidge from Balbriggan Garda station thanked people in the general area for the assistance. However, unfortunately, there was no one present at Belle's burial except the gravedigger and an undertaker. She was given a pauper's funeral which was funded by the Department of Social Protection. Human Rights Issues at the Former Site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, published last year, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr. Geoffrey Shannon wrote, "There has long since been recognition of the right to a decent burial."
The way Belle was buried disappointed many. Catherine Corless spoke with Extra.ie revealed the names of 796 children who were buried at the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. She said she was horrified to learn that no one attended the child's burial. "I am sickened by this. It is like nothing has changed,’ she said. ‘We are fighting for justice and dignity for the way 796 children in Tuam were buried, and on Friday we have another child buried — OK, in a grave in an angels plot, but with no social workers, no gardai, no one at all. It is very sad and very cold."
She continued, "Why didn’t someone make sure the child had someone there to give them a proper funeral? I am in disbelief. I am lost for words — the little child needs to have a plaque or something. It’s not right at all." After the burial, members of the public started leaving flowers on the child's grave when news about her burial was put out.
Catherine Corless played a pivotal role in uncovering details of a mass grave at the site of a former mother-and-baby home in Tuam. Today she was awarded an honorary degree https://t.co/qklE4yKgi1 pic.twitter.com/g9gBdSGMyj— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 7, 2018
Members of the public began to leave flowers on the child’s grave when news trickled through that she had been buried. Fr Hugh Kavanagh, from the Rowlagh and Neilstown parish in Clondalkin, Dublin, later blessed the child’s grave over the weekend, and told Extra.ie: ‘I received a call from a member of the public who felt something should be done for the child so I went to the grave and blessed it with holy water and said a few prayers.’