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.
Katy Weitz believes that most people have an extraordinary story to tell and she specialises in bringing them to the public's attention. She started her career as a Feature Writer on the national newspapers 18 years ago and within a few short years, rose to become Features Editor. In 2005 she left to set up her own real-life story agency First Features Ltd and since then has sold stories to all parts of the national and international press as well as television. With a remarkable empathy for her clients, she quickly saw that some had stories which couldn’t be told completely in 1500 w...
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Irene, 55, and Matt Kelly, 48, met 25 years ago in Dublin. They fled to Manchester with Irene's three children from a former marriage to escape their pasts and it was there they had Jennifer, now 22. As the older children left home, Irene fell deeper into depression and painter and decorator Matt was unable to reach his wife. His portrait of Irene, The Faceless Woman, illustrates how Irene hid her pain from even those closest to her. Jennifer's childhood was lonely and confusing – her unpredictable mother was there in body but absent in mind and spirit, locked away in a world of miser...
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