Little Drifters: Kathleen's Story: Kathleen's Story

Paperback | July 1, 2014

byKathleen O'Shea

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The harrowing true story of a travelling Irish family bonded by love, broken apart by life, and then betrayed by their carers in a cruel convent in Ireland."For those who we lost along the way, I tell this story. For all the children who suffered in this terrible place. For all those I consider my brothers and sisters; the ones who died, the ones who lost their minds, the ones who drown their memories everyday in a bottle of whisky, I tell this for you.Because in the end we are all brothers and sisters - and if we don't feel that bond of love between each other, just as human beings, then we are nothing. We are no better than the monsters that ran the convents."Based in Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, Kathleen's story is a story of extreme hardship, suffering and abuse. It is the story of 11 siblings, abandoned by their mother and torn from their father, incarcerated in convents and then driven apart in the cruellest ways imaginable; it is the story of their ruined childhoods and their fight for recompense. But more than that, it is a story of courage, survival and the incredible strength of sibling bonds against overwhelming adversities.Out of terrible darkness comes a remarkable story. In the tradition of Irish storytelling, Kathleen offers a mesmerising account of her family's experience.

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The harrowing true story of a travelling Irish family bonded by love, broken apart by life, and then betrayed by their carers in a cruel convent in Ireland."For those who we lost along the way, I tell this story. For all the children who suffered in this terrible place. For all those I consider my brothers and sisters; the ones who die...

Kathleen O'Shea is a pseudonym. When Kathleen was awarded compensation in 2002 under the Residential Institutions Redress Act for the abuse she endured in the convent she was forced to sign a gagging clause that prevents her from identifying herself or the institutions involved in her traumatic childhood. But she is still determined to...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007532288

ISBN - 13:9780007532285

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Very good read. I recommend this book to anyone. I feel truly sad for all those children and any child who had to endure that amount of cruelty. The book is very honest, not overly sentimental and some charmingly funny parts. Thank you Kathleen for having the strength to share your story.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read fantastic read! I really commend Kathleen who had a rough upbringing, suffered loss and still managed to find some peace. There were some parts I laughed out loud too and some I thought was incredibly sad. So glad you have shared your story. A book worth recommending.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational & heart wrenching A brave and honest account of a harsh and tragic childhood. It is an emotional heartbreaking story. Kathleen's gem of a book is one I couldn't put down. It is a rollercoster of emotion however, Kathleen & her siblings love make a truly inspiring story in the face of dark times. Well done and thank you for sharing your wonderful story.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little drifters Very sad in parts but a good book. Glad that some were able to enjoy lifr after leaving that horrible place.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A personal view of recent Irish history. It took me a little time to adjust to the chatty language and writing style, but, once I did, I found this to be a very interesting and personal account of a troubled time in both Catholic and Irish history. Although the potential was there for it to become overly sentimental and judgemental, it never did. This is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes uncomfortable tale of the tremendous love of a family for each other. An altogether good read!
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little drifters Thank you very much for your time in speaking out about the terrible time you had. Thank you for having the strength to speak about it as well. The only way forward is to open the door on the lives that are forever changed by circumstances and life and that we never have a time like that again. Thank you for your strength. Xoxo
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Drifters Kathleen's story This poignant and well writte story will touch any feeling person's heart. It is not fiction but true. So many children had their lives destroyed in this abomidable way. What really hurts is that the so called carers were the cause of the children's distress & misery & got away with it. What hurts even more is that even now in a more enlightened time these things are still happening. We must believe and help the children. They need and deserve our love & support.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little drifters Thanks for sharing your story with us
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little drifters Thanks for sharing your story with us
Date published: 2014-04-14