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Ann McCabe: 'I am 17 years down the line. It never goes away. Ever'

Ann McCabe doesn't want an apology from Adams for her husband's murder; she wants a condemnation, says Maeve Sheehan in Limerick

Published 24/02/2013 | 04:00

Ann McCabe, widow of Garda Jerry McCabe
Ann McCabe, widow of Garda Jerry McCabe

AT the lonely graveside of slain detective Adrian Donohoe, two women embraced in tears. They were strangers with a shared grief; both their husbands had been taken from them in painfully similar circumstances.

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Caroline Donohoe's husband was gunned down without warning by a gang of thieves robbing a credit union on the Cooley Peninsula on Friday, January 25. Ann McCabe's husband, Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, was gunned down without warning by a gang of IRA men robbing a post office in Adare 17 years ago.

Whether thieves or the IRA, the effect is the same; two devastated mothers left widowed and bereft. As Ann has discovered in the two decades since she lost her husband, time doesn't numb the pain.

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