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By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the beginning and loss of life of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. as a consequence she confessed to the homicide, through stabbing, of one other child. the entire medical proof 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 delivery to twins conceived of 2 diverse males.

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Kathleen opened it to find a group of agitated women standing there. They wanted to speak to her mother. Kathleen roused her mother, who was sleeping by the range, and they listened at their front door to the three women, who were all related to a man called Jeremiah Locke, who worked as a groundsman in the sports complex with Joanne. Neither Kathleen nor her mother had ever heard of him. The three angry women who faced them were Jeremiah’s mother, wife and sister-in-law. His wife Mary was eight months pregnant.

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. The cemetery bears proud testimony to one advantage of existence in a small quiet town on the western Atlantic seaboard, in Ireland’s most scenic county – people live a long time. ‘There are two kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Kerry’ goes the local saying.

To understand what was done to Joanne Hayes, and why, and how much has changed as a result of that, it is necessary to set a context. When John Paul II came to Ireland in 1979, he preached against contraception, divorce and women’s work outside the home. There had been stirrings of modernity on the island, thanks to the Irishwomen’s Liberation Movement, founded in 1970, and accession to the European Union in 1972. The IWLM demand for the legalisation of contraception had met with popular support, and opposition from state and church.

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