I heard the documentary on RTE radio. Apart from recounting the terrible grief of the family, I thought it was an interesting glimpse into parenting back in the mid-70s
O'Toole's wife Valerie was naturally totally paralysed with grief at the murder of her young husband.--as were her young children at the loss of their father, and as was O'Toole's mother who adored her grandchildren and was very involved in their lives
In what might seem a strange move to us today, Valerie went on holiday to Spain shortly after the funeral but left her young daughters at home in Bray. While in Spain she met and fell in love with a Canadian.
She came home, packed up and without saying goodbye to O'Toole's mother or extended family, took the children to Canada, marrying her Canadian and remaining there for the rest of her life.
O'Toole's mother never saw her grandchildren again. She had lost her son and her grandchildren. She died a few short years later, from a broken heart, her other son insists..
Today, protecting the children, counselling, etc, would have been a priority..
The daughters, now middle-aged, spoke of the trauma of that rupture from all they loved in Ireland and all that was familiar to them.
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