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Dear Daughter

The unwanted child from a relationship between a Nigerian medical student and a married Dublin woman, Christine Buckley was abandoned at three weeks and subsequently brought up in Goldenbridge orphanage where life for her and other children like her, was pure hell.

The traumatic experiences of Christine Buckley at the Goldenbridge Orphanage and on her subsequent search for her birth parents who left her in the care of the institution.


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Dear Daughter
  • RT ONE, Monday 7 April, 11.05pm