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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Desmond Doyle & Friends - "Lady Of The Lamplight"
Titeltrack of the 2009 Album "Lady Of The Lamplight", on which Desmond Doyle invites a few of his friends to accompany him with their instruments or their vo...
Desmond Doyle & Okemah - "Clonmel"
this is a song off the very successful 1992 album "Clonmel" about Desmond Doyle's hometown in Co. Tipperary, Ireland for more information: www.desmond-doyle.com.
Weihnacht ist heut von Desmond Doyle
Text und Musik von Desmond Doyle unter Mitwirkung des AGV Alpenrose Vordernberg.
Propstei Aflenz Desmond Doyle
Desmond und Wolfgang zu Besuch in der Propstei Aflenz. Ein wundervoller irischer Abend mit mitreißender Musik, irish stue, Guiness and good old irish Whisky ...
Desmond Doyle & Okemah - "Star Of The County Down"
from the 1992 release "Clonmel", a beautiful traditional interpreted by Desmond Doyle and Okemah more information: www.desmond-doyle.com.
Desmond Doyle über Art of Reconciliation
Desmond Doyle spricht in Derry (Nordirland) über die Geburtsstunde der Art of Reconciliation und das bewegende Zusammentreffen mit dem Friedensnobelpreisträg...
Desmond Doyle & MCB - "Hear The Voice"
A song from the 1995 album "Heartbeat", Desmond Doyle and the Modern Country Bluesband present another beautiful example of Doyle's songwriting abilities! mo...
Desmond Doyle A Dedication
One Man, One Story, How it all Went wrong! Straight from West Kent College Media Production, Desmond Doyle - A Dedication.
Desmond Doyle on Art of Reconciliation.flv
Der Initiator von Art of Reconciliation, Desmond Doyle, über die Entstehung und Idee der Initiative "Art of Reconciliation". / Desmond Doyle speaks about the...
Desmond Doyle - Ice bucket challenge
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Delano Herald Journal
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In 1965, Desmond Doyle operated a business, and in May 1968, Mel and Betty Milbrett opened a business. A 48-by-46-foot addition was built at the back of the building in 1979. A large meeting and game room was added in the basement, a new bar room ...
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