Evelyn Doyle: A True Story - The Book and The Movie

Desmond Doyle  -  The Book "Evelyn" and the Movie


"Evelyn" - The Movie

Canadian Children's Rights Council's "Movie of the year" 2004

A Great Movie

Starring Pierce Brosnan,

The true story of a father who fought the Irish government for the right to raise his own children and won in the Supreme Court of Ireland

Desmond Doyle and his family

In 1953, Desmond Doyle was a decorator living with his six children in the grim Fatima Mansions estate of Dublin when his wife left him. Against his better judgment, he decided to place his children in the care of the state industrial schools until he returned from working in England. But Doyle was horrified to discover on his return that his children had been consigned to state care until their teenage years. The bruising battle that Doyle and his solicitors undertook against the Irish legal system gained wide publicity and resulted in massive legal change: the Children Act of 1941 was broken, and Doyle was reunited with his family. Evelyn Doyle was nine years old at the time, and the story, as seen from her point of view, is both heartbreaking and suspenseful. In the battle against an entrenched and intransigent legal system, the human elements are never submerged, and Evelyn: A True Story is a deeply affecting and poignant real-life story about a fathers love for his children and how he had to fight to the Supreme Court of Ireland to get his "god-given Constitutional rights".

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Evelyn Doyle: A True Story   -  The Book

Orion

Rating: Published March 2003

Evelyn Doyle's Evelyn: A True Story takes us into a little known arena of the fight against a repressive state. And the result is a concise memoir that delivers a considerable emotional punch in its measured tones. James Joyce famously railed against the more repressive aspects of his native country, and for all its considerable beauty, the iniquities of the Establishment (both Church and State) in Ireland are well known.

In 1953, Desmond Doyle was a decorator living with his six children in the grim Fatima Mansions estate of Dublin when his wife left him. Against his better judgment, he decided to place his children in the care of the state industrial schools until he returned from working in England. But Doyle was horrified to discover on his return that his children had been consigned to state care until their teenage years. The bruising battle that Doyle and his solicitors undertook against the Irish legal system gained wide publicity and resulted in massive legal change: the Children Act of 1941 was broken, and Doyle was reunited with his family. Evelyn Doyle was nine years old at the time, and the story, as seen from her point of view, is both heartbreaking and suspenseful. In the battle against an entrenched and intransigent legal system, the human elements are never submerged, and Evelyn: A True Story is a deeply affecting and poignant real-life story that engages the reader quite as comprehensively as any novel by William Trevor or Edna O'Brien. --Barry Forshaw

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22 September 2008

This profession - and all of us in it - have failed to protect, honour, and defend one of our most accomplished and distinguished members. We have let Louise Arbour down by our silence when she needed and deserved voices of support.

On July 1, Arbour stepped down as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, an enormously prestigious and important international position.

The gratitude and praise which greeted her at the end of her term was shamefully muted. Arbour was a courageous champion of human rights, and a bold critic of the erosion of those basic tenets in our world.

She was never timid. She was never chained to a desk, was involved, hands on, outspoken, and challenging. She breathed life into the enormous portfolio that she was asked to take on.

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About The truth

"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, Second it is violently opposed. Third it is accepted as self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer
(1788-1860)