Bye Baby


  • My mother has a secret.
  • It’s not something we’ve ever really spoken about.
  • But now, after more than forty years, she’s finally ready to reveal her troubled past.
  • I’m just not sure I’m ready for what I’ll find out.


  • London, 1970.
  • Unmarried, pregnant and alone – young Irishwoman Bridget Reilly has nowhere to go and no one to turn to when she gets the shock of her life at just twenty years of age.
  • Banished to an institution for unmarried mothers and their babies, the future for Bridget and her child is anything but certain.

Bridget Reilly

A mother and grandmother, who has courageously told her story to help others. Bridget grew up in a tiny town on the West Coast of Ireland, before moving to London as an 18-year-old. She fell pregnant out of wedlock in her early 20’s - the events of which are depicted in Bye Baby. Bridget now lives in Perth, Western Australia, where she is retired after more than 40 years of nursing around the world.


Daniel Donnelly

Daniel Donnelly is an Australian-Irish writer and experienced journalist. He has worked in print, radio and television over the past decade. He’s covered a plethora of stories, from murders, plane crashes, executions and horrific cases of sexual assault, to profiles on inspirational individuals, and unexpected love stories.

Daniel wrote Bye Baby for his mother Bridget, after she asked him to help tell the story of her secret past

Craic Publishing

A modern, hybrid publishing company. Craic Publishing produces quality, entertaining and informative non-fiction and fiction books and e-books. We also produce content for social and traditional forms of media. Our mantra is “quality over quantity.” There are several titles planned for release in 2018/19.