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Desmond Doyle (1924 - 1986) was an Irish painter, decorator and sometime pianist, whose children (Evelyn, Maurice, Noel, John, Kevin and Dermot) were taken into the custody of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) when his wife, Charlotte, left him on St. Stephen's Day, 1953. After placing the children in what he believed to be a temporary situation, Doyle left for work in England. While there, he met Jessie Cunningham, who was his landlady and later accompanied him back to Ireland as his "housekeeper." Upon his return to his homeland in the fall of 1954, Doyle petitioned for the return of his children. Nevertheless, the government denied his request, citing the best interests of the children (and, it is believed, disapproval of his living arrangements with Miss Cunningham). He subsequently fought a legal battle to regain custody of them, which required overturning the provisions of the Irish Children Act, 1941. This law prevented a father from caring for his own children in the absence of their mother unless she was living and gave written permission for him to do so. Doyle became involved in a case presented before the Irish Supreme Court in which it was claimed that the Children's Act contravened several sections of the Irish Constitution. In December 1955, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Desmond Doyle, and ordered that the children be returned to him and that his court costs were to be reimbursed by the government.

The events leading up to the Supreme Court's decision were recounted in the book Evelyn: A True Story, by eldest daughter Evelyn Doyle (2003, Orion Publishing Group, London). The story was also published as Tea and Green Ribbons: A Memoir (2003, Free Press, New York). Her sequel describing the Doyles' life and Evelyn's life after the Supreme Court decision was published as Nothing Green: The Sequel to the Bestselling "Evelyn" (2004, Orion Publishing Group, London).

A highly fictionalised account of these events has been recorded in the film Evelyn (2002), starring Pierce Brosnan (who plays Desmond), Julianna Margulies, Sophie Vavasseur, Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn and Alan Bates and directed by Bruce Beresford. The film only showed three children, Evelyn and two brothers (Maurice and Dermot), instead of all six of the real-life family's children.

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Il Sussidiario.net
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:45:00 -0700

EVELYN, TRAILER Questa sera Rete 4 propone il film “Evelyn” diretto da Bruce Beresford. Il film è basato sulla vera storia di Desmond Doyle – interpretato da Pierce Brosnan – e della sua lotta contro la Corte Irlandese nel 1995, per riunirsi con i suoi ...

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Live Sicilia
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:52:30 -0700

PALERMO - La nazionale italiana torna a giocare. Dopo l'amara esperienza dei Mondiali 2014, questa sera gli azzurri scenderanno in campo contro l'Olanda, terza classificata ai Mondiali. Sulla panchina dello stadio S.Nicola di Bari vi sarà il nuovo ...

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Giornalettismo
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 03:30:00 -0700

1953, Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) precipita nello sconforto quando la moglie abbandona la famiglia il 26 Dicembre. Desmond è disoccupato e senza una donna in casa, non c'è nessuno che possa badare ai figli. Il tribunale decide così che i figli ...
 
DavideMaggio.it
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:37:10 -0700

Trama: Desmond Doyle, abbandonato dalla moglie il giorno dopo Natale, è disoccupato e ha tre figli da mantenere. Ma i problemi non sono finiti: infatti la Chiesa e la Corte irlandese decidono di mettere i figli di Desmond in un orfanotrofio, finché non ...

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TVblog.it (Blog)
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:07:30 -0700

Desmond Doyle, abbandonato dalla moglie il giorno dopo Natale, è disoccupato e ha tre figli da mantenere. Ma i problemi non sono finiti: infatti la Chiesa e la Corte irlandese decidono di mettere i figli di Desmond in un orfanotrofio, finché non si ...

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Ultime Notizie Flash
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:33:45 -0700

Desmond Doyle viene è disoccupato e il giorno di Natale viene abbandonato dalla moglie. Resta con tre figli da mantenere che gli vengono tolti fino a quando non si sarà ripreso economicamente. Consigliato sì. Su canale 5 c'è Appuntamento con l'amore.
 
Il Sussidiario.net
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 01:47:48 -0700

È appena trascorso il Natale, Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) è un uomo solo con tre figli da accudire, la moglie è andata via per sempre e, come se non bastasse, al momento non ha un lavoro. I problemi sono tanti e i servizi sociali affidano i suoi ...

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UrbanPost
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 03:18:45 -0700

Serata all'insegna dei drammi irlandesi su Rete4. Alle 21.15 va in onda “Evelyn” diretto da Bruce Beresford ed interpretato, tra gli altri da, Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Margulies, Aidan Queen e Stephen Rea. Negli anni '50 in Irlanda Desmond Doyle è ...
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