New PDF release: A Woman to Blame. The Kerry Babies Case

By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the delivery and loss of life of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. hence she confessed to the homicide, by way of stabbing, of one other child. all the clinical 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, persisted to insist that she had given beginning to twins conceived of 2 assorted males.

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The farmhouse was thatched with straw, and water had to be fetched from the well, but it was home to Mary Hayes, and the council dwelling with its modern conveniences was not. Eventually they had to move there for sleeping purposes to comply with the contract of tenancy, but real life was firmly centred on the farmhouse. It had been that way for as long as she could remember. II Mary Fuller’s father, a primary-school teacher, had married into the farm and Mary was eventually chosen to help keep domestic order in what had become an extended family.

The chaplain, who is also head of CURA in Kerry, is of course bound by confidentiality in both roles. He can only report back to Mr Creedon if the patient authorises him to do so. Father Quinlan did not report back. The hospital notes showed, though, said Mr Creedon, that after speaking with the priest his patient was ‘recovered somewhat in spirit though depressed in demeanour’. He sometimes referred distressed patients to a psychiatrist, said Mr Creedon, but in this case had not done so. His patient had now been referred to the police.

There was a friendly rivalry between her and Guard Moloney, who was a native of Cork city. When the Kerry and Cork teams should meet, Kathleen would shout ‘Up Kerry’ and Liam would shout ‘Up Cork’. Ned was even more passionate. He was secretary of the Abbeydorney branch of the GAA. Besides the football and hurling, he had personally set up a ladies’ football team. His pursuits patterned those of Uncle Maurice, after whom the local football pitch, Fuller Park, had been named, and like his late uncle he joined the Abbeydorney drama group.

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