Remembering Stolen Lives - 78 Women and 10 Children

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 09:30 AM

Remembering Stolen Lives

Today is Day 16 of the 16 Days of Action and UN Human Rights Day. There is no greater violation of a woman’s human rights than the right to life itself.

During the 16 Days of Action campaign our Remembering Stolen Lives series has highlighted the story of six women murdered in Ireland to provide a real insight into the human tragedy of intimate partner homicide.

Since Women’s Aid started to keep record in 1996, 1 in every 2 female homicide victims in Ireland has been murdered by a current or former intimate partner.*

This means that 78 women have had their lives stolen by those who were closest to them – their boyfriends, husbands and partners or those they had ended relationships with. 10 children were also murdered alongside their mothers.

Today we remember the 78 women and 10 children and their families and friends left to mourn them.

Sandra Tobin, March 1996, Age 35
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Noeleen Cawley, April 1996, Age 39
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Martina Halligan, May 1996, Age 33
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Angela Collins, May 1996, Age 49
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Patricia Murphy, May 1996, Age 36
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Maura McKinney, August 1996, Age 58
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Janet Mooney, September 1996, Age 29
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Bernie Sherry, April 1997, Age 44
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Kitty Gubbins, May 1997, Age 70
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Elizabeth Troy, July 1997, Age 60
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Sheila McDonagh, September 1997, Age 26
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Mary Kelehan, December 1997, Age 49
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Mandy Smyth, January 1998, Age 26
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Chantal Bergeron, August 1998, Age 42
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Catherine Hegarty, February 1999, Age 33
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Marie Hennessy, May 1999, Age 36
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Bente Carroll, May 1999, Age 45
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Catherine Mullins, October 1999, Age 43
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Maeve Byrne, September 2000, Age 37 and her sons Alan aged 10 and Shane aged 6.
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Jean Reilly, December, 2000, Age 34
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Jennifer Wilkinson, December 2000, Age 24
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Susan Prakash, December 2000, Age 28
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Mary Whelan, March 2001, Age 27
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Debbie Fox, July 2001, Age 30 and her sons Trevor aged 9 and Cillian aged 7
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Geraldine Kissane, October 2001, Age 23
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Linda Dunne, September 2001, Age 24
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Lorraine O'Connor, October 2001, Age 19
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Joan Power, March 2002, Age 43
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Rosie Collinson, March 2002, Age 50
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Niamh Murphy, May 2002, Age 20
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Carmel Coyne, August 2002, Age 42
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Jean Scanlon, January 2003, Age 33
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Cliona Manger, February 2003, Age 20
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Natasha Gray, February 2003, Age 25
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Georgina Eager, May 2003, Age 29
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Xiang Yi Wang, July 2003, Age 21
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Ann Flynn, August 2003, Age 50
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Dolores McCrea, January 2004, Age 35
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Janet Chaney, April 2004, Age 47
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Rachel O'Reilly, October 2004, Age 31
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Colleen Mulder, December 2004, Age 41
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Celia Bailey, March 2005, Age 54
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Mary Hannon, April 2005, Age 59
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Catherine McEnery, July 2005, Age 35
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Ann Walsh, August 2005, Age 23
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Rosemary Dowling, October 2005, Age 49
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Siobhan Kearney, February 2006, Age 37
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Karen Guinee, June 2006, Age 23
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Sheola Keaney, July 2006, Age 19
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Rose Patterson, April 2007, Age 30
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Ciara Dunne, April 2007, Age 23 and her daughters Shania aged 5 and Leanne aged 2.
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Sara Nelligan, June 2007, Age 31
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Jean Gilbert, August 2007, Age 46
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Amanda Jenkins, October 2007, Age 27
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Joanne Mangan, October 2007, Age 20
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Marion O'Leary, October 2007, Age 53
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Ciara Ni Chathmhaoil, November 2007, Age 22
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Lorraine Flood, April 2008, Age 38 and her son Mark aged 6 and daughter Julie aged 5
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Kezia Gomez Rosa, August 2008, Age 26
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Carmel Breen, November 2008, Age 57
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Noeleen Brennan, November 2008, Age 38
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Celine Cawley, December 2008, Age 46
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Rebecca Hoban, December 2008,Age 28
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Joan Vickers, April 2009, Age 43
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Lisa Doyle, September 2009, Age 24
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Joselita Da Silva, October 2009, Age 33
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Loredana Pricajan, January 2010, Age 36
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Breda Cummins, May 2010, Age 31
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Helen Donegan, May 2010, Age 30
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Sarah Hines, November 2010, Age 25 and her son Reece aged 3, her daughter Amy aged 5 months.
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Katarzyna Barowiak, March 2011, Age 25
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Diane Burroughs, April 2011, Age 30
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Rudo Mawere, January 2012, Age 26
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Sarah Regan, February 2012, Age 30
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Mary Ryan, May 2012, Age 37
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Aoife Phelan, October 2012, Age 30
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Olivia Dunlea O’Brien, February 2013, Age 36
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Deirdre Keenan, February 2013, Age 51
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We also remember the rest of the 204 women who have been murdered in Ireland since 1996 including the 62% of women were murdered in their own homes.

Where cases have been resolved, we know that overall 89% of women are murdered by someone known to them – a current or former intimate partner, a son, neighbour, an acquaintance and 99% of perpetrators were men.

We remember those 33 women murdered but where no perpetrator has been charged and the 20 other cases yet to come to trial. Our thoughts are with their families who are waiting for justice.

'Still I Rise'...

You may shoot me with your words.

You may cut me with your eyes.

You may kill me with your hatefulness.

But still, like air, I'll Rise...

~ Maya Angelou

R.I.P

*This is where the case has been resolved.
** All information is sourced from the Women's Aid Female Homicide Media Watch, 1996-September 2014.

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