Saturday 22 July 2017

Emer O'Kelly: My sadness over aunt locked up for falling in love

Emer O'Kelly

Emer O'Kelly was horrified to learn her own family was guilty of having a young mother incarcerated

IT WAS the late Eighties and I was drinking coffee with two older women. They were sisters-in-law, my mother and my aunt, well-off widows who did not meet very often because my mother (unjustifiably) disliked my aunt intensely. I suspected that many years before, my aunt might have tried to prevent her brother marrying a woman 14 years older than he was.

But it was not the brother/husband, now dead, who was the topic of conversation. It was his other sister, whom I had always been led to believe was also dead.

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