Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today
The items were pitifully sparse. A beige fleece blanket from Penneys, a scarcely used paper bag from Marks & Spencer and a rumpled black sack.
It was a collection, laid carefully out on the table by gardaí, that spoke silently, but with tremendous power, of inexperienced youth, poverty and sheer blind terror.
The modern-day equivalent of rags, it was all that lay between a tiny, newborn baby girl and the elements.