Woman raised as a Southside Foster-Girl publishes her story

by Rachel Cunningham
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Sadie Harpur, who was raised in Mount Merrion as a foster-child, has published her first book The Hidden World of a Foster-Girl.

The book is dedicated to the memory of her late foster-brother Gary and the official launch included a short ceremony to honour his memory.

Sadie’s book has another Southside connection in that it was written by Jackie Hayden who was raised in Sandyford. Hayden topped the Irish book charts with two editions of My Boy, his book about the late rock star Philip Lynott. As he says, Sadie’s story is an inspirational tale of one woman facing all that life threw at her, and winning in the end through sheer guts, determination, honesty and love. It was a privilege for me that Sadie asked me to help her tell her story.”

As she explains in The Hidden World of a Foster-Girl, Sadie, who now lives in Gorey, went through turbulent periods of high anxiety as a Foster-Child. Suffering from learning difficulties resulting from undiagnosed dyslexia, she was described as mentally below average, and suffered bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and was repeatedly bullied. She endured serious teenage problems, including self-harming, violent outbursts, zero self-esteem, and the eventual suicide of her much-loved foster-brother Gary.

Sadie says, “writing The Hidden World of a Foster-Girl was hugely therapeutic for me. It helped me look deep into my past and unlock thoughts and experiences I had hidden away in a dark place. But there were many good times too, and I look back with fondness to my childhood in Mount Merrion.”

The Hidden World of a Foster-Girl by Sadie Harpur is available from bookshops for €15.

For further information contact Sadie Harpur [email protected] 

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