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There will have been cuddling, congratulations and maybe even cake in celebration of the birth where the doting parent leaves wrapped in a warm blanket of satisfaction having shown off their pride and joy.
It's hard to believe that 40 years ago, Maura O'Dea was denied this rite of passage.
"It's hard to believe now what kind of bloody society we lived in," she says. "No one was supposed to be having sex outside marriage in Ireland, and if you did and got pregnant then you gave the baby up for adoption -- only an inadequate woman would keep her child." Maura (now 73) did keep her child and in doing so tried to find other 'shadow women' in the same position, raising their children alone.
She put an ad in a newspaper offering to meet unmarried mothers at her new home on Kimmage Road and was shocked by the response.
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One-parent families make up 11% of all households in Cavan.
"After feeling such isolation it felt like vindication." From those Wednesday night meetings, Cherish was born.
I have a close family friend whose parents divorced when she was young, and it was a tough experience for everyone to go through.
Their world was turned upside down as she went from a full household to living with just her mom and seeing her dad a couple of times a week.
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