Tea and Green Ribbons: Evelyn's Story

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9780743242592: Tea and Green Ribbons: Evelyn's Story

In the slums of Dublin in 1953, Evelyn Doyle's mother ran off with a lover, abandoning her family and leaving Evelyn's father to care for six children. Already struggling to support his children as a painter and decorator, Desmond Doyle faced the fact that he would have to turn them over to church-run industrial schools while he went to England, where he could earn higher wages and save money to support them without state assistance. He believed the placement was temporary. However, upon his return to Dublin several months later, he discovered that the Irish state had assumed custody of the children and refused to release them. Tea and Green Ribbons is the astonishing, heart-wrenching tale of Desmond's dramatic quest to get his children back, told in gripping fashion by his daughter, Evelyn.

In the ensuing years after losing his children, Desmond devoted himself to working with some of Ireland's foremost legal experts to fight both the Church and the government. Meanwhile Evelyn, his eldest child, discovered the crisp, clean joys and lonely sorrows of life in the care of nuns. After two years the Irish Supreme Court finally made an unprecedented decision -- which, for the first time in Irish legal history, took into account the children's wishes -- and Desmond, his daughter, and his sons began their lives again.

Evelyn Doyle has crafted a jewel-like chronicle of a major turning point in Irish mores and culture. Uplifting, gritty, and emotionally compelling, this stunning memoir is an unforgettable celebration of the Irish spirit.

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Poverty breeds injustice. That injustice is all the more terrible, Evelyn Doyle writes in this affecting memoir, when it is visited on children--in this instance, she and her five siblings, who became a cause célèbre in Ireland half a century ago.

The year is 1953. After his wife leaves him for another man, young Evelyn's father puts his six children in church-operated industrial schools while he journeys across the water to England to find work. When he returns a few months later, he finds that the law now considers his children to be permanent wards of the state. The nuns who have taken charge of Evelyn's fate are far from awful, and, we learn, Evelyn's father is less than a saint. Still, family is family, and, in the face of considerable odds, he labors tirelessly for his children's return. As the battle spills from one courtroom to another, the Doyle family earns the sympathies of neighbors and strangers alike, and even a few cheers from the good sisters.

The basis for the independent film Evelyn, Doyle's memoir remains full of tension and uncertainty to the very end, offering both a memorable portrait of hard times and a fine tribute to the power of familial devotion. --Gregory McNamee

About the Author:

Evelyn Doyle lived in Ireland, England, and the Outer Hebrides before moving to mainland Scotland, where she served as a psychiatric nurse and a police officer. She lives now outside Edinburgh in Scotland with her partner of fourteen years, Michael.

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