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from a 2004 Scannell documentary on Ann Lovett.

Gay Byrne (@.34) considers the Sunday Tribune‘s front page story by Emily O’Reilly on Ms Lovett’s death on the Late Late Show in 1984.

Good times.

Ann Lovett report praised by journalist who broke the story (irish Times)

More revelations may come in tragic story of Ann Lovett (Irish Examiner`)

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of 15-year-old schoolgirl Ann Lovett who died shortly after giving birth alone to a baby boy beside a grotto in Granard, Co. Longford.

Filmmaker Leo de Boer’s short 1987 documentary ‘For Ann Lovett 1968-1984’ covers the last day of Ann’s life.

The Ann Lovett letters (Roisin Ingle, Irish Times)

Ann Lovett: Silence That Will Never be Broken (Caroline O’Doherty, Irish Examiner)

Previously: Forgetting Ann Lovett

When Women Were Women

In The Grotto


They ruled through masses and mass congregrations
They took this child and her child’s life
Her cross bared her stripped her
Not even time for stations
No explanation why their final destination was this grotto…
Losing in this lotto.

JJ Kikola – (They Were) Deaf To Her Child’s Cries

A tribute to schoolgirl Ann Lovett, who died attempting to give birth in a grotto in Granard, Co Longford, on January 31, 1984.

JJ explains the background to the song here.

Previously: Forgetting Ann Lovett

JJ Kikola


Irish Times journalist Rosita Boland after a talk to final year journalism students at Dublin City University.

Ann Lovett was the 15-year-old schoolgirl, from Granard, Co Longford, who died giving birth beside a grotto in 1984.



A short Scannal documentary about the tragedy (including revealing Gay Byrne/Sunday papers moment) here. Part two here.