Justine McCarthy‘Please forgive me if you are not the person who I think you are. But I think your sister is my mother.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Notwithstanding the sheer volume of newspaper articles, television documentaries, investigative reporting and even big-screen movie adaptations documenting incidents where women were shamed and mistreated in Ireland, having committed the cardinal sin of getting pregnant outside of wedlock, it’s easy to see these episodes as long-lost relics of the past. But each and every one of those episodes has left its …

Long Lost Siblings?‘There had always been talk of a possible older sister.’

As heard on liveline

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Last week, Karen McKenna’s father, George McKenna, was listening to Liveline. Suddenly, he came into the room his daughter was in and excitedly asked her if she had been listening to the radio. “There’s after being a woman on Liveline: Liz McKenna,” George told his daughter. “He had the biggest smile on his face and he said, ‘I wonder if …

“The other girls found their parents… If I could just get the birth cert… that’s all I want.”

As heard on liveline

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Liveline can be the most extraordinary programme, sometimes. And one of the things that makes it extraordinary is how, on occasion, a simple phone call about a particular issue can reveal the most unexpected, poignant and deeply moving of human stories. Today was one of those days. And Ann O’Rourke’s was one of those stories. Ann is now 66 years …