Amy and Adam – are we all to blame?

My McCarthy

Amy McCarthy, a beautiful 22-year-old mother of one-year-old baby Adam, was found dead in a disused building on Sheares Street in Cork last Sunday night.

Apparently, this old building, which is in the centre of town and one that I have walked past a thousand times is often used as a squat for homeless people, alcoholics and drug users.

The Gardai are still apparently investigating what happened to poor Amy and have not ruled out foul play.

This happened in our city, under our very noses and I found myself wanting to find out more about this young girl to try to get some clue as to how something so wrong could have happened and if anything could have been done to help her.

If you look at her Facebook page it shows you a young girl who seemed to have a lot of friends who were all happy to admire baby Adam anytime that Amy posted a picture of him. It looks like he was born in March of 2016 and Adam O’Keefe is the father and her boyfriend.

What was Amy doing in this place on Saturday night and what happened her?  

Adam O'Keefe

26-year-old Adam O’Keefe, her boyfriend was arrested on Monday in Cork as he seriously assaulted another man in the city – the newspaper reports seem to indicate that Adam has been living in various charity temporary accommodation and this attack was due to the fact that he was ‘upset’ and intoxicated because of what had happened to Amy.

Adam was refused bail as it was felt he was a risk because of his vulnerable state. I wondered what was his story? Why was there no one with him at this clearly traumatic time – prison is a really great solution for this troubled kid.

His Facebook page reveals a young man originally from Midleton who was quite excited about Amy’s pregnancy over 12 months previous:

Amy McCarthy and Adam O'Keefe

my girlfriend 6 mtns pregnant and I swear 2 god I cant wait 2 b a father best thing ever luv u babe far eaver“.

Why was Adam living in temporary accommodation and where was he on the Saturday night that Amy died?

Where are the families of these two young people and what will become of their baby? Was she not living at home anymore? Did anyone try to help them?

While we might find out some of these answers in time, what is certain is that these two young people have been left down by our society, somewhere along the way.

At some point in their lives, they were unlucky and things took a serious turn for the worse.

Instead of getting the help, assistance or intervention that they desperately needed to set them on the right path and keep them safe they have fallen tragically.

Are we all to blame?

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion Communications, a full-service agency that offers Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland



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8 Responses to “Amy and Adam – are we all to blame?”

  1. margaretgoulding Says:

    Such a tragic situation Greg. Amy obviously fell through the cracks in the system, and it will probably happen again to some other vulnerable youngster.

  2. Majella Sheehan Says:

    Dear Mr Canty

    When I saw what you had said about Amy I felt I had to respond to what you written.

    I am Amy’s aunt and you have no idea what we are going through to say we are heartbroken would be an understatement.You asked in your blog where was her family well you can be reassured Amy had a very loving family behind her who done everything possible to help her and we never gave up on her.

    Amy came into this world a much loved and wanted baby 13 year’s after her sister so you can just imagine the joy she brought her family she had a fantastic childhood and very loving parents who always done their best for her.

    Amy made wrong choices in whom she was with that was beyond anyone’s control but we were always there .Her baby is all we have left so you can be sure he will cherished and loved by us all.

    Please remember there are families behind the headlines and our family will never be the same.

    Majella Sheehan

    • Greg Canty Says:

      Hi Majella,

      Thank you for getting in touch. I can only imagine the grief that your family is going through right now.

      Another member of your family contacted me recently and I do know how much Amy was loved and treasured by everyone in her family.

      My thoughts and prayers are with you, Amy and your family.


  3. Anon Says:

    Fyi Greg, Adam used beat Amy to a pulp. She used stand up to him and it made him worse. He tore her by the head in the city centre while she was pushing her son in the buggy. He isn’t a nice person

    • Greg Canty Says:

      This is heartbreaking to hear – thanks for sharing that. I understand from others that Adam had a very tough upbringing, which has probably contributed hugely towards him behaving in this way.

      It looks like badly needed interventions when they could have possibly made a difference never happened, which has resulted in this horrible conclusion.

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