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 Post subject: The Hen House boy
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:15 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:55 pm 
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Thats pretty nasty that, :shocked: :[


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:05 pm 
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That is indeed a sad case.
He's obviously to a different father.
I wonder why he didn't have any
relationship with him.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:37 pm 
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Had often heard of the stroy of the boy in the hen house - very sad tale. Wonder why his brothers and sisters never said anything or did something to help him ?


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I think alot of us knew this child as Kevin.Very sad case.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:42 am 
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I agree that this was a very sad situation for this child, (whom we all understood to be Kevin) but I also feel sorry for the mother who had to resort to such desperate measures. She must have had a terrible time with such a situation weighing on her conscience. If it is true that Kevin was the boy from this article, then I remember him as being very happy traversing the 'Point with his friend, Eddy Harte. By all accounts, he was given a second chance in life and seemed to be very well cared for and respected by the locals who 'adopted' him as one of our own.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:46 pm 
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Does anyone know if this is the story about Kevin Halfpenny or were there two different cases?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:13 am 
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A quick search on Google throws up several references which appear to confirm that name, Joanne. I also found a reference to a poem by Seamus Heaney based on the sad events.


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Seamus Heaney


He was discovered in the henhouse where she had confined him. He was incapable of saying anything.


When the lamp glowed,
A yolk of light
In their back window,
The child in the outhouse
Put his eye to a chink -

Little henhouse boy,
Sharp-faced as new moons
Remembered, your photo still
Glimpsed like a rodent
On the floor of my mind,

Little moon man,
Kennelled and faithful
At the foot of the yard,
Your frail shape, luminous,
Weightless, is stirringthe dust,

The cobwebs, old droppings
Under the roosts
And dry smells from scraps
She put through your trapdoor
Morning and evening.

After those footsteps, silence;
Vigils, solitudes, fasts,
Unchristened tears,
A puzzled love of the light.
But now you speak at last

With a remote mime
Of something beyond patience,
Your gaping wordless proof
Of lunar distances
Travelled beyond love.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:52 am 
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joanne wrote:
Does anyone know if this is the story about Kevin Halfpenny or were there two different cases?

I think this extract clears up the mystery Joanne .........................................
http://www.angelfire.com/oz/uv/fckevin


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:45 am 
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A very interesting read, Northbrook. In the original article the mother is referred to as Mrs Murphy. Is it possible that her name was changed for 'discretion'? It would be too much of a coincidence that two boys with rickets were found in henhouses in County Down during the same era!


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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 11:16 pm 
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You just can't beat a bit of Seamus heaney....absolute genius ! Cheers pat.


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