Tuesday 16 January 2018

Anguish, but anger too, at adoring dad's dreadful deed

Martin McCarthy feared his wife would deprive him of their child, so he deprived lovely little Clarissa of a life, writes Maeve Sheehan

Rebecca McCarthy clutches Clarissa’s cuddly sheep
Rebecca McCarthy clutches Clarissa’s cuddly sheep

AT the funeral Mass for Martin and Clarissa McCarthy in the packed parish church in Schull, Fr Anthony O'Mahony told the congregation: "I suppose we never know what goes on inside the head of another person. If we did, maybe we could solve a lot of problems, maybe we could stop a lot of things from happening. Maybe we wouldn't be here today at Clarissa and Martin's funeral. Maybe."

When Martin McCarthy drove around the townlands of Schull and Ballydehob on his farming chores last Tuesday, plenty of people who met him thought he seemed grand. He was seen tending to his dairy farm in Foilnamuck, near Ballydehob. He spoke with some of his neighbours, who later told gardai that he seemed fine. One neighbour told a local newspaper that he seemed like "he hadn't a care in the world".

He was not entirely fine, though. His marriage to his young American wife, Rebecca (he was 50 and she is 25), was under strain according to reports, and sources said he feared being parted from their only child, Clarissa. But west Cork farmers are not known for wearing their hearts on their sleeves.

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