Remembering Ann Lovett
Wednesday 5 February at 6.30pm
John Hume Building
Lecture Theatre 4, NUI Maynooth
Ann Lovett was 15 years old when she left her school early on the 31 January 1984. She didn’t go home. Instead she disappeared into the grotto by the graveyard in the town of Granard, Co Longford. There, all alone, she gave birth to a baby boy. Several hours later they were both found dead.
The lonely death of Ann Lovett and her son said everything about a society that could claim to respect and value women’s lives while abandoning a frightened pregnant teenager. Her death ignited a public conversation about the type of society that Ireland was and what it needed to become.
To remember the thirtieth anniversary of Ann Lovett’s death, and its significance for Irish society, the Department of English at NUI Maynooth has convened a panel discussion. Joining in the conversation will be Catríona Crowe (Head of Special Projects, National Archive), Justine McCarthy (Journalist, Sunday Times), Anne Mulhall (School of English UCD) and Ailbhe Smyth (Feminist). It will be chaired by Sinéad Kennedy (Department of English NUIM).
The evening will begin with a short performance in memory of Ann Lovett by singer Christy Moore.
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