Sins of the Mother

Irene Kelly

Jennifer Kelly

Matt Kelly

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13 August 2015
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Irene Kelly was brought up in poverty and abused by her mammy from an early age. But home life was still better than the time she spent in one of Dublin's industrial orphanages. In that harsh regime she was beaten and sexually assaulted. Set to work in the nursery, she saw the nuns treat the babies with horrifying cruelty.

As an adult those experiences haunted Irene. When she fell in love with Matt, who was fighting his own demons, they moved to England for a new start. They wanted their daughter Jennifer to have a better life, but in trying to protect her by hiding their past they only succeeded in pushing her away. Until, one day, Irene had a phone call from Ireland that changed everything . . .

Sins of the Mother is a powerful and inspiring story of a family whose love was tested but never broken, who finally found the strength to heal the past.

Irene Kelly grew up in poverty, abused and neglected by her mother - but this was still far better than the torment she endured in one of Dublin's industrial orphanages. When Irene fell in love with Matt they escaped to England for a fresh start. Still haunted by inner demons, Irene hid her past from her daughter Jennifer, pushing her away until, one day, a phone call from Ireland changed everything. This original and powerful memoir demonstrates how the abuse of one child can send ripples through the generations, causing hurt and anguish. Told by Irene, Jennifer and Matt, this is an epic and stirring story which shows that it is possible to overcome the worst start in life. A beautiful, heartbreaking love story that will have you reaching for the hankies.

Deirdre O'Brien - Sunday Mirror