And it was while chatting with her son about his girlfriend that Carmel began to piece together the shocking information which would have devastating implications.
From her son’s answers, Carmel realised that the man she had a brief relationship back in the 1980s, was not only her son’s father, but also the father of James’s girlfriend Maura.
Of course, their wedding day had to be kept as a somewhat low-key affair.
There was no church, no function and no amusing tales of how the lovers’ paths crossed.
A few weeks into our relationship I definitely knew that I wanted to marry James,’ says Maura.‘I had been with other people but it was different with James. I wanted to get married because I wanted to push things along. I wanted to make a commitment.’Aged in their 20s and living in Leinster, James and Maura decided to break their silence about their incestuous relationship to try to help others who find themselves in the same heartbreaking situation.
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Mail on Sunday, the brother and sister speak openly about their wedding day and their future plans for their young family.How they met is a solitary tale of the devastating impact of lies.They grew up in separate towns about 100 miles apart and they met by chance during a night out socialising in a town neither of them is from.The delighted bride and groom should have danced through confetti before being waved off by an elated congregation as they were chauffeured away in a luxury car.And then it should have been on to a hotel function room, where excited guests should have listened to amusing anecdotes from the best man on how the newlyweds met.