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The Kerry Babies Case: A Woman to Blame

The Kerry Babies Case: A Woman to Blame [Kindle Edition]

Nell McCafferty
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Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, concealed the birth and death of her baby in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1984. Subsequently she confessed to the murder, by stabbing, of another baby. All of the scientific evidence showed that she could not have had this second baby. The police nevertheless, insisted on charging her and, after the charges were dropped, continued to insist that she had given birth to twins conceived of two different men.

About the Author

Nell McCafferty is an Irish journalist, playwright, civil rights campaigner and feminist

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3441 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Attic Press; Reprint edition (25 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BO4CXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman to blame: The Kerry babies case 12 Dec 2012
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Very well written and sympathetic to the main players. Well worth reading as even after some 29 years it still has a powerful Message for women's rights.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Every Man is Blamed 17 Dec 2013
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This book, the only one on the Kerry Babies, as far as I am aware, had the opportunity to be an important observation on a particular time in Ireland, just before a cultural explosion was about to go off (later known as the Celtic Tiger).

It's author is a well respected journalist.

How she let herself down, in my view. While the basic facts of the Kerry Babies are there the book is like a pantomime, where any Irish MAN is the big bad wolf and any Irish WOMAN is the suppressed down trodden victim.

Of course if you are a feminist you are entitled to these views and I am certain that Irish society was a lot more like that then, and maybe still is a bit now.

If, though, you are writing a factual work as a serious journalist then the reader deserves a debate with rational and well presented differentials and arguments, not an virulent anti man rant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Power! 19 Nov 2012
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This story shocked and repelled me. The way this woman was treated by thoughtless and powerful men is disturbing and sadly happens too frequently. This book raises the awareness of how the innocent and marginalised so easily become the victim of male authority. Even when logic and good sense would seem to be a minimum requirement in understanding another human being's plight, this is sadly lacking. Hypocrisy from Church and the justice system is rife. I had to read this book - not because I enjoyed its content but because I need to take a stand in never allowing this incident to reoccur.
5.0 out of 5 stars required reading for all teenage girls 13 May 2014
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Still one of my favorite books of all time. I can't even tell how many times I have shared or given a copy of this book to a friend.
4.0 out of 5 stars For people with feelings for others 21 Oct 2012
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The book is hard to read in places, but it shows how easy it is to get mixed up in problems that would have been much easier to solve earlier. It also shows how families can be affected by one mistake.

I felt truly sorry for the victim, and no pity at all for the father.
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