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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 Powers nee.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 Mrs Jessie Powers nee.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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refer to book -- Evelyn: A True Story, by eldest daughter Evelyn Doyle (2003, Orion Publishing Group, London). ref Abuse survivors attack Brosnan film http://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/apr/06/filmnews.ireland

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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:45:00 -0700

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ABQ Journal
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:11:53 -0800

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Delano Herald Journal
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:07:30 -0700

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 ...
Huffington Post
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:47:27 -0800

Although it was published more than a century ago, Henry James' 1897 book "What Maisie Knew" has been adapted into a film with surprising relevance for a modern audience. In a new movie by the same name co-directed by Scott McGehee and David ...

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The National
Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:45:00 -0700

Interviewed in late 1997, in advance of the Hollywood and New York charity premieres of his second Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, in aid of women's cancer care, Pierce Brosnan recalled the disease that claimed his wife Cassie, prophetically observing ...


Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:46:35 -0700

A new €52m science and engineering initiative called 'The Bernal Project' is to generate some 225 jobs as it aims to boost Ireland's national research drives in areas such as pharmaceutical, biomedical and energy research. Ireland's head of Government, ...

Basingstoke Gazette

Basingstoke Gazette
Wed, 15 May 2013 12:03:24 -0700

Groves was one shot behind in second, with Desmond Doyle a further shot back in third. Henry Doyle had another good round in a junior Stableford competition, taking the honours with an impressive 44 points. Scratch golfer Eddie Holland produced an ...

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