The Shame of Ireland
Sorry for the delay in answering, but I've been having a bad period in my recovery after major surgery for Gastric Cancer.
No, I did not have English blood. The Irish Church State was a very sick inward looking society. Amnesty's International Report going back decades on child abuse in Ireland was published in late September, is aptly titled; 'In Plain Sight'. It hold society in general responsible for what happened. I whole heart-fully agree that people knew what was happening but chose to look the other way.
I'm sure the family I never got to know, and only recently researched were typical of many families throughout the land. My birth mother I've learned was forced into marriage because she became pregnant. After the 'wedding' she was disowned by her family: her parents, two sisters and four brothers, never to see them again. No doubt there are many off springs by the name of Doyle to whom I'm related that are still living in Dublin.
It is beyond my comprehension how any parent, brother or sister could abandon one of there own and her children. It is all the more cruel when one considers that my birth mother suffered the loss of two of her children in a period of two weeks, in late Oct early Nov of 1930 in Cork Street hospital. One boy was nine and a half months old, the other was two and a half years old. There was no support or compassion from her family in a time of need. It was as though she was dead.
The Religious Orders and that sick society taught me well. Their example was to be avoided at all costs. Animals provided a better example in how to care for their young. They were not people to be looked up to, but rather to be avoided at all costs. Thank God I discovered the true meaning of love that enriched my life.