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A Woman to Blame. The Kerry Babies Case by Nell McCafferty PDF

By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the beginning and dying of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. consequently she confessed to the homicide, by means of stabbing, of one other child. all the medical facts confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the fees have been dropped, persevered to insist that she had given beginning to twins conceived of 2 assorted males.

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The misery of her watching family was tersely summed up by Aunt Bridie during the following Easter 1983. She met Aunt Aquinas, home for a visit, at the front door and said ‘Joanne’s pregnant. ’ There was little else to be said. Joanne was happy, her family was not. When the baby, Yvonne, was brought back in May from St Catherine’s hospital, the others were slightly embarrassed. They didn’t know what to say to the neighbours who called in. There was no conventional way to end the halting introduction of the child: ‘This is Joanne’s daughter Yvonne .

Horrific exceptions apart – and they are many – the day of the damaged cowboy is done, as is the day of the damaging cleric, doctor, lawyer and elected politician. We are not fully healthy yet, but we are getting there and it is wonderful. 1. The Cahirciveen Baby The tombstones in the graveyard of Cahirciveen, County Kerry, seldom record when a person was born. They boast, rather, of the longevity achieved by those now dead: ‘Margaret O’Sullivan, aged 95’, says one; John Keating was ninety when he finally passed on.

There was no welfare payment for separated wives. Women in financial need relied on the discretionary judgement of a Poor Law officer. There was no knowledge, much less recognition, even among us, of the extent of wife-battering in the home. There were no refuges for such women. There was grim stoic acceptance of the adage that if you make your bed, you must lie in it. Romance and sex had little to do with marriage, within which, as the late Nuala Fennell put it, women faced a nightmare of unremitting pregnancy.

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