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Sins of the Mother: A heartbreaking true story of a woman's struggle to escape her past and the price her family paid

Sins of the Mother A heartbreaking true story of a woman s struggle to escape her past and the price her family paid 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

  • Title: Sins of the Mother: A heartbreaking true story of a woman's struggle to escape her past and the price her family paid
  • Author: Irene Kelly Jennifer Kelly Matt Kelly Katy Weitz
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  • Page: 421
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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 sIrene 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.

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    One thought on “Sins of the Mother: A heartbreaking true story of a woman's struggle to escape her past and the price her family paid

    1. Shanelle Clowe on said:

      This book caught my eye randomly on a shelf in Walmart, it's funny how a place that is so very ordinary, can house extraordinary stories like these on its shelves. Anyway, I've been really into true events and memoirs lately so I thought it would be interesting to hear her story. Interesting? Try mind-blowing, devastatingly read-able and truthfully insightful. I have read about the lives of those in Magdalene environments but this was so vivid that I could see it when I closed my eyes and would [...]

    2. Claire Hipkins on said:

      Having just finished this book, I not only feel moved by the true story of Irene and her family but educated as beforehand I knew nothing of the atrocities that happened in the nun-led orphanages in Ireland.To say this book is gripping is an understatement, I very much struggled to put it down and the story kept on developing and more was revealed. It gives you an understanding of how Irene was deeply affected by her life in the orphanage and the way in which the story is written is truly beauti [...]

    3. Jenn8 on said:

      Raw Eye opening heartbreaking. Irene's own personal journey has literally been from hell and back. I believe that the absolute worst thing a child could go through is not just the abuse but the feeling that you aren't important and not loved by the two people in your life who should be the biggest source of love-your parents.Much like "a child called It", this book is raw; it's not an easy read as a parent and really at difft points, I was equally crying and wishing I could have saved those chil [...]

    4. Janice on said:

      I totally loved this book and although a tough read in terms of the content, it was a great reminder of the strength of the human spirit. It also covers a topic which needs to be talked about out loud and the affect traumas can have on ones mental well being if not treated but kept in the dark and secret. The fact that this story was based on real events and that there is a report (The Ryan Report) which documents all the atrocities committed is what made it an even more compelling read.

    5. Jill Robbertze on said:

      This true story of survival was a harrowing read, being an account of the atrocities that children were put through in an orphanage in Ireland and shockingly these abuses were perpetrated by Catholic nuns. It's hard to believe that this was going on in my own lifetime, let alone understand how this could even happen. We can only hope that society learns from this and that these things can be prevented in the future. I'm not sorry that I read this book but I do feel that I now need to find someth [...]

    6. Michelle on said:

      Full of sadness, disbelief, heartbreak, hope and admiration for breaking the cycle. Incredible story of abuse at the hands of so many adults supposed to care and keep children safe. Congratulations on being a survivor and giving your family so much more.

    7. Cynthia on said:

      This is a sad story of abuse to Irene Kelly at the hands of child "caregivers"-- in this case, parents and institutional staff (nuns, etc.) The story is universal, alas. I do love the fact that this book is so clearly written and doesn't bog down in the horrific details of the abuse, but moves on through with "just enough" of the horror for us to be moved by the child's plight, to relate perhaps from our own experiences, and to rejoice in the hope that healing does happen in some cases. The auth [...]

    8. Rai on said:

      Well this is my second orphanage story in recent history and even more amazing this is a true story. It caught my eye at Costco and I didn't buy it. And I didn't buy it again and again. finally I decide I would. and even more so, it sat unread, even street I added it to my reading list. until last night, when I devoured the book. it's just breathless and heartbreaking. and so well written. don't read it if you're sensitive or cynical but I really really recommend it.

    9. Luciana Babocci on said:

      A very powerful story of a child/woman's struggle to make the most of her life after an abusive start. Not only was she abused by her own mother but also by the orphanage run by the Catholic church. Irene Kelly is truly a survivor & very strong soul. My heart goes out to her & her family!

    10. Secondborn on said:

      WOW!!!!! At times it was unbearable to read, heartbreaking and maddening . But wow !

    11. Rama Ramaswamy on said:

      Again, yet another book that makes me feel crude to give 5 stars to a book that talks about the deep anguish that someone has gone through. I very recently came across the news of the Magdalene survivors and that is what led me to pick up this book. But I was not prepared for the heartbreaking account of Irene, the survivor, who, from the age of 5 lived a life so wretched that an entire lifetime was not enough to wipe away the trauma. Tortured by the nuns at the Catholic orphanage in Ireland whe [...]

    12. Tricia Gibbs on said:

      Great read. I enjoyed knowing each person's perspective written in their own narration. This style truly allows readers to understand depression has a flow-down. If you've been through any trauma and ever found it impossible to cope then you will relate and, possibly, get some clarity on the possibilities of change. I wasnt fond of how rushed the book seemed to me. For someone who had so many demons, I felt there was probably so much more we didn't hear enough about. On the other hand, there is [...]

    13. Monica on said:

      How this woman survived her childhood is short of a miracle. Living with an emotionally and physically abusive mother, absent father, and ultimately being sent to an Irish orphanage to endure more abuse would be more than most of us could bear. This is a true store of survivale survival and rescue of a little girl who stood alone.

    14. Alexandra on said:

      Heart breaking, I have read several novels about the horrors that happened in many orphanages around the world but each time I am shocked and appalled.

    15. Neha on said:

      Such a sad, sad story. Its a pity that the victims of such a morally corrupt crime are left with measly amounts of money to deal with their pasts on their own.

    16. Hope on said:

      Hard read at many parts but since it is a true story I felt the need to read on. How someone is strong enough to live through abuse like in this story is amazing and a testament to their strength!

    17. Mallika Chandrasekhar on said:

      This is a difficult book to read if you have had a difficult childhood and an even more difficult relationship with either of your parents. This is a story that spills your guts with the horrendous treatment children had at that difficult period in Ireland during the 1950's and 1960's especially at the Christian run orphanages. The trauma children faced at their young and impressionable age remained life long scars that sometimes never healed and costed their own lives as well as the lives of th [...]

    18. Anushree on said:

      Sins of the Mother: A heartbreaking true story of a woman's struggle to escape her past and the price her family paid by Irene KellyMy Rating : 5/5 (For the tremendous effort that Irene has put in to come out with horrific details of her childhood and later life.)I am dumbstruck and I have no idea where to start writing about this book. My knees are weak and my heart hasn't stopped crying yet. Irene Kelly has ripped it out with the story of her incredible journey and it has caused a terrifying d [...]

    19. Cardmaker on said:

      I had no problem believing that children were abused under the care of nuns but I found the abuse described to be unbelievable at times. Not being fed well, beatings, and torment are believable. Shoving open safety pins up infants' vaginas and bums is not. I'm not saying it didn't happen. I'm saying I don't find it believable.That was one of the reasons why I did not actually read the entire book. The other reason was because the woman was giving detailed descriptions of her days and nights at t [...]

    20. Zelda on said:

      The author shares with us her journey through the ups and downs of her extremely abusive childhood. From the hunger, neglect, and beatings by her mother, to the many years spent in one of the worst orphanages in Dublin; subjected to horrific abuse in all of it's forms at the hands of the sadistic, inhumane nuns who ruled there. We are shown the struggles that the after effects of such a childhood has caused the author and her family. This story was so heart wrenching; I could not put it down. Th [...]

    21. Basic B's Guide on said:

      This book made me so angry and sad. Irene's recall of her time in the orphanage was so tough. I wasn't sure I could read on. I'm very glad I did though. I have a hard time understanding why anyone would treat innocent children like that. Much to be discussed about the Catholic Church and how this has changed people's thoughts on the church and nuns. I have such a heavy heart after reading this book. Lots to be discussed including how I felt about Jennifer, Irene and Matt as they moved through li [...]

    22. Sarah on said:

      This book was awesomely written very emotive and had me in tears at several points loved Irene a fighter from the start ,her mother absolutely hated her and her torment has affected Irene from the suicide attempts to the orphanage then to be raped and then a loveless marriage that had produced 3 children with a father that would beat their mother black and blue but she survived all that and never once gave up on her children like her mother did hence the time in the orphanage and the savage beat [...]

    23. Kyla Belvedere on said:

      Heartbreaking. This account of generational abuse is heartbreaking. Yes, I found Irene's story incredibly difficult. Who can do those kinds of things to children? Who could ever look in to the face of a baby or small child and be okay with hurting them in any way? The institutionalized forms of abuse are so incredibly hard to reconcile with my belief that people, at core, are good, because obviously some are just down-right fucked up and use the guise of goodness to spread their fucked-upness.Th [...]

    24. RR on said:

      The experience itself depicted by the author was truly horrifying and unthinkable. I think her experience reminds the all of us (or at least me) how fortunate we are. I really appreciated the fact that the book not only chronicled the experience from her perspective but also her husband's and daughter's. It was a wise approach to juxtapose all of their respective views and feelings derived from the ordeal; it demonstrated poignantly the importance of communication and inclusivity when it comes t [...]

    25. Anna on said:

      This story was really distressing. Every time I picked it up it made my heart ache but since the author is brave enough to tell her story I felt that we should read it. What happened to those children in the orphanage by the hands of those nuns is incredibly sad and very frightening. Heartbreaking to think of all the little lost souls and ruined childhoods during that time. It is beyond my comprehension how someone can harm an innocent child and not at all surprising that such atrocities affect [...]

    26. Marg on said:

      I cannot believe the terrible abuse and neglect that poor Irene suffered at the hands of her parents and the horrible Catholic nuns in the orphanage in Ireland. It is an atrocity how those children were treated in that place, and also how the state and the church denied it for years after. Absolutely barbaric! I congratulate Irene that she survived her childhood and young adulthood at all and am so happy for her that she has finally found happiness and contentment. A book I could not put down.

    27. Sylvia sloan on said:

      Absolutely unbelievableI choose this rating as this book is inspirational to all those people who suffered abuse even to this we hear about it all the time. Irene Kelly I have the utmost admiration for u your family, and most of all the people who had the courage to believe you and listen to your story. No amount of money can compensate u for what u went through but good luck and don't let the demons ein

    28. Angela on said:

      A very simply written memoir. Lots of horrible facts presented in a straightforward fashion, but we get to see the effects of a horribly abusive childhood on the adult as she attempts to lead her life. It never ceases to amaze, how cruel people are drawn to positions of power, so they can use that position to abuse.

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