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A love divided
Caffrey, Peter.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
New York, NY : New Yorker Video, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Based on a true incident in County Wexford, Ireland, this film tells how one family's problem in dealing with a religious decision swept up first a town, and then a country. Sean and Sheila Cloney (played by Liam Cunningham and Orla Brady) are Catholic and Protestant. In order to marry in the Catholic church in Ireland, Sheila signs the required Ne Temere pledge that she will raise any children from the marriage as Catholics. She honors this pledge for a long time as her little girls part to go to Mass with their father on Sundays while she goes to services with her father and sister. However, she draws the line when the local parish priest, Father Stafford (Tony Doyle), insists on her oldest daughter goint to the Catholic school without any regard for the idea that the parents have the right to make this dicision.
General Note:

DVD release of a 1999 film.


Special features: Original theatrical trailer ; scene selections; interview with actress Orla Brady ; historical photo gallery."

For specific features see interactive menu.
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DVD 3762 Adult DVD Central Library

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The dramatic tale of a marriage between Sean Cloney, a Catholic, and Sheila Kelly, a Protestant in 1950's Ireland. A happily married couple whose lives and love are severely tested by the powerful religious forces around them. Based on a true story.

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Library Journal Review

When her older daughter reaches school age, the Protestant wife of a Catholic husband in a late-Fifties-era Irish village reneges on a pledge to raise their children in his faith. Rather than yield to her spouse and his local pastor, the resolute mother flees with both her children. Based on a true story, Sydney Macartney's sentimental film makes a strong case against religious hegemony. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.