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Seamus Marken talks about the social roles performed by women when he was a child.

In this extract Seamus Marken talks about the women that would come for deaths. Their role was to wash the bodies and to to lay them out, then they would keen at the…

Betty Dempsey talks about how her mother would go out at all hours of the night delivering babies or caring for the dead in the community.

In this extract Betty Dempsey remembers her mother used to go out at all hours delivering babies or caring for the dead in the community. She notes that her mother died quite young, at 48, from pneumonia which she caught while out during the…