Work

In this extract Hugh Smullen describes his work as a delivery man for the flour mill. He remembers lifting 20 stone bags of wheat or flour on his back and carrying them onto the delivery lorries. He describes the extremely physical nature of his work.

Hard physical work, such as that described by Hugh Smullen, was a common feature of the employment of many men living in the inner city during the early life of the participants. Others describe long absences from their families, and from Ireland, while they were away at sea. A further feature was the seasonal and therefore intermittent nature of the work that was often taken up by these men. The women describe the work that they undertook, which was necessary to supplement the family income and which they could facilitate around their primary role as homemaker. These women often undertook cleaning jobs in people's homes or in offices or they took on factory shift work.

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