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Viewing Entry - Evelyn (S13547)
by Doyle, Evelyn

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Playing time for daisy/audio formats : 7 hours 4 minutes


Author / Responsible partyDoyle, Evelyn
TopicsAutobiography. Children -- Ireland -- Dublin -- Biography. Children of divorced parents -- Ireland -- Dublin -- Biography. Children -- Institutional care -- Ireland. Ireland -- Social conditions -- 1922-1973.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


Desmond Doyle, 29 a painter and decorator, is married with six children and living in the infamous Fatima Mansions in Dublin in 1953. One day he comes home to find his wife has left him. He decides to go to England to find work and is advised to put his children into the state Industrial Schools system for a short time until he returns. When he returns he is told to his horror that the children have been consigned to the state until they are 16. This is the story of how Desmond Doyle fought the Irish legal system to change the law and win back his family. Told through the eyes of Evelyn, Desmond's 9 year old eldest daughter, this is a heartrending true story beautifully told.

Additional Information

System control numberS13547
Original Print PublisherGreat Britain: Orion Publishing Group, 2003.
NarratorNarrated by Tracie Cielak and Recorded by Cathy Ryan.
Narrator NameNarrated by Tracie Cielak and Recorded by Cathy Ryan.
Participant or performer noteNarrated by Tracie Cielak and Recorded by Cathy Ryan.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator