See one of the news reports of Judy making history in 2000
See some of the newspaper coverage detailing her life with her father
In summary Judy was first born to a Mother and Father who were not meant to be together, who fought ferociously verbally and physically. Often used as a tool‚ in these arguments between her parents she psychosomatically went deaf at the age of about three. Despite many operations to solve the medical issues causing the deafness nothing worked until she was about 11 years old when she literally decided to hear again.
Me with my Mom and Dad on my Communion Day
The first thing she remembers hearing were birds singing in the trees at the end of the back garden, after that she spent hours watching these birds fly and from here she developed a love for flying. She had a cold relationship with her Mother who she felt disliked her and an unusual one with her Father, who started molesting her from the age of about three (after she was deaf).
Saying Good-Bye to my Dad before he died three and a half years after he was sentenced to 15 years
She lived alone with her father for much of her childhood, imprisoned for almost two decades, with almost daily instances of violence and rape, including being shot in the chest, millimetres from her heart, violent home abortions, regular severe beatings and gang rapes. Her Father would regularly drug her in order that she would be sedated in order to rape her without resistance. She had a hunger for knowledge growing up and her father always managed to get her the books she wanted and needed for learning and using an iron table as a desk she learned and studied daily, it was her form of escape which was to prove enormously beneficial when she one day escaped. Eventually Judy managed to successfully escape after a number of attempts. This involved leaving the country and going to London, where she learned about life and freedom. She managed to draw on tremendous strength and resilience from her childhood experiences in order to not only survive in those early years but thrive and so she did really well professionally.
She traveled throughout Europe and North Africa, cycling and hitch hiking alone. Eventually ending up in South Africa, where she camped in what she thought was a South African camp site which turned out to be Crossroads Township, this started a love affair for her of South Africa, from here she traveled to Zimbabwe where she worked with organizations tracking and studying the behavior of elephant. She eventually moved to Cape Town after the abolition of apartheid where she got further involved in sport, representing South Africa at World Championship Scuba Diving. During this time life was both hellish, with overdoses and another gang rape, and euphoric, with fantastic adventures and experiences as she learnt to integrate into society. In 2007 she traveled back to Ireland and reported her father to the Irish Police authorities, a case that took three years to investigate and come to the High Court of the country. By which time Judy was in a relationship with her soul mate and best friend, Tiny. They both traveled from Cape Town to the court hearing in November 2000 where Judy’s father was sentenced to two terms of 15 years and two terms of six years totaling 54 years to run concurrently.
She requested the hearing be out of camera, meaning that journalists were allowed to report on the event and name all those involved. This had never happened before and made history. The result being pretty much global interest in the case as well as an increase in the number of reportings of incest and rape by 75% in Ireland. In 2004 her father, Noel Walsh was taken to a hospice in Dublin to live out his last days, dying of lung cancer. Judy was contacted by the Irish police about the situation and without hesitation she decided to travel to see him. She spent over six hours with him on her first meeting with him and saw him once again a few days later, where she managed to tell her father that she loved him and is grateful for him. This has proven to be an enormous gift for Judy as she has grown, studied and researched human behavior since those days and she realizes that the gifts she gained throughout these overwhelming challenges were priceless. Today she teaches the techniques she used to get through all her experiences with profound resilience to assist others to overcome challenges in their life as well as those who feel that there is more to life than they have been able to tap into so that they too can live masterful lives of love and fulfillment as she does today.