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
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.
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.