Jean McConville

IRA still shamed by murder of mother-of-ten

Jean McConville smiling with three of her ten children shortly before she was murdered and disappeared in December 1972.

Jean McConville smiling with three of her ten children shortly before she was murdered and disappeared in December 1972.

All these years later the IRA still can’t get away from Jean McConville, the Protestant mother of ten who was abducted and brutally murdered in December 1972.

On an unknown date the 38-year-old Belfast woman was coldly shot in the back of the head and her body secretly buried close to a secluded beach in County Louth.

On the same night that Jean McConville’s remains were dumped in a shallow grave some fifty miles from her home, her children, aged six to sixteen, became orphans. They had already lost their father Arthur to cancer earlier that year.

An IRA gang of twelve arrived at the McConville home in Divis Flats weeks before Christmas, snatching Jean despite the desperate pleas of her children, who had clambered, crying on top of their mother in a last-ditch bid to save her.

This is a short extract from Caoimhinn Barr’s weekly Barrtalk column. To read more click here

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