Friday 20 January 2017

Love and care sit uneasily in a world of dog eat dog

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

Catherine Corless: has shown great courage and integrity. Photo: PA
Catherine Corless: has shown great courage and integrity. Photo: PA

Catherine Corless has done humanity a great service in the courage, determination and integrity she showed in bringing to light the extent of the desecration of the bodies of innocent children and the barbaric conditions in which they lived, died and were buried.

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I remember well the whispered murmurings when a girl became pregnant outside of marriage. The euphemism that she had 'jumped the fence' seemed to imply that the man had remained in his assigned enclosure. The girl disappeared; her return after nine months rekindled the gossip that surrounded her and her family.

I remember one case where a young unmarried mother who, on returning from seeing her baby for the last time, had the courage to attend the local dance but was shunned by the men. The male dominance in church and State worked against the humane consideration of the place of women in Irish society.

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