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Hermann Kelly and Kathy O'Beirne

Hermann Kelly

Hermann Kelly is a writer and a former editor of The Irish Catholic. In 2007 he published "Kathy's Real Story" about Kathy O'Beirne, the author of "Kathy's Story", a book published in 2005 that depicts her alleged experiences in two Magdalene Laundries where she was abused, raped etc. The four congregations of nuns who ran those institutions have stated that Ms. O'Beirne was never in ANY Magdalene institution - and this has been confirmed by her own brothers and sisters.

In July 2009 the publisher Hodder Headline decided against going ahead with publishing Always Dancing, a sequel to Kathy’s Story, after “failing to resolve legal issues” with the author. The publisher said that it had initially pushed the publication date back to 2012 to allow time to resolve matters with O’Beirne, but had now decided against publishing the memoir at all. Hodder Headline had been contacted by O'Beirne's family as well as by Hermann Kelly and Florence Horsman Hogan.


Kathy’s Story: Is Truth The Real Victim? The Irish Catholic, 28 July 2005

Lies of Little Miss Misery, Daily Mail - 31 October 2007

Rival Writers in Live TV Dust-Up - Misery Memoir Sparks Sofa War, Irish Independent - 7 November 2007

Reply to Irish Independent article by Bruce Arnold - February 2008

Mis Lit: Is This the End for the Misery Memoir?, Daily Telegraph - 5 March 2008

Hermann Kelly's 'Kathy's Real Story' and Jersey by Richard Webster 10 May 2008

Sequel to Kathy’s Story Sparks New Furore - SundayTimes, 26 October 2008

Publisher Dumps Sequel to Magdalene Story, Sunday Times - 26 July 2009

Two Reviews : Kathy's Real Story by Hermann Kelly + The Secret of Bryn Estyn by Richard Webster, Mark Smith - 11 Dec 2011