On 31 January 1984 a fifteen year old school girl from Granard, county Longford died giving birth. Ann Lovett's body was discovered by passers-by that afternoon next to a grotto in a field. Her baby boy was still born and Ann Lovett died later that afternoon in hospital.
The death of Ann Lovett went relatively unnoticed at first and appeared only as a small story in The Sunday Tribune newspaper. As the facts emerged it became the subject of national interest and the town of Granard became the focus of media attention.
In this report for RTÉ News Alan McCullagh is in Granard, where he talks to Sr. Immaculata Principal at Anne's school on her feelings on the tragedy. Sr. Immaculata describes Ann as "intelligent, bright and outgoing" with "considerable artistic talent". The report was broadcast on 6 February 1984.
The Gay Byrne Show on RTÉ Radio 1 received hundreds of letters from women about such pregnancies. In 1996 Lorelei Harris made a radio documentary on the subject of these letters called 'Letter to Ann'. The programme looked at the opinions of Granard locals on the pregnancy and death of Ann Lovett.
The programme 'Letter to Ann' will be re-broadcast on RTÉ Radio One on 1 February at 6.00pm.
Granard, Co. Longford