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Holles Street Hospital, 1936

Holles Street Hospital. According to a section of the Irish Statute Book 1936: "...the National Maternity Hospital situate in Holles Street in the City of Dublin was founded in the year 1894 for the relief of poor lying-in women and for the treatment…

Holles Street maternity ward. 1935

This photograph shows a maternity ward in Holles Street Hospital c.1935. Note the immaculately starched uniforms of the nurses and the neat-and-tidy beds and cots of the patients.

Many of the interviewees were born in this hospital

Holles…

May Smullen remembers her sister was an excellent dressmaker.

In this extract May Smullen talks about how her sister was an excellent dressmaker. She remembers how her sister would make bomber jackets for her brother from her fathers old postman jackets when he had finished with them. She also remembers her…

Eileen McCann speaks about her family life and remembers things weren't that easy for her.

In this extract Eillen McCann speaks about her family life and remembers that things weren't that easy for her. She remembers that her husband was away at sea a lot which meant that she had the primary responsibility for her family, she says that she…

Angela McFarland remembers her early married life.

In this extract Angela McFarland tells us about her early married life. She says that her husband worked in the coal yard during the winter and the docks during the summer. She remembers that things were difficult for her at that time as she had full…

Hugh Smullen recalls his first car which he bought with money that he won on the grand national.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers winning the money to buy a second hand car on the grand national. He remembers how he used to take the family out for the day on Saturdays with his car. They would all drive to Dollymount Strand in north Dublin…

Betty Watson compares her life to that of her mother and remembers that her mother had a hard life.

In this extract Betty Watson recalls how her mother used to take bundles of washing to the wash house on Tara Street in order to earn extra money to support her family. Betty notes that her life is very different now to her mothers and she remembers…

Managing Motherhood: Negotiating a Maternity Service for Catholic Mothers in Dublin, 1930–1954

There has been a considerable body of research into maternal and child welfare in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Britain and western Europe. The emphasis has been predominantly on the role of fertility decline, war and the emergence of…

The mortality from tuberculosis in Saorstát Éireann: a statistical study

There were 3,774 deaths from tuberculosis in Saorstát Éireann in 1929, or 128 per 100,000 of the estimated population. For the fourth year in succession declines have been recorded. The rate in 1929 was 6.6% less than the rate in 1928,…

Irish tuberculosis death rates: a statistical study of their reliability, with some socio-economic correlations

In an important paper which was published in the Journal of this Society for 1930, Geary surveyed Irish tuberculosis statistics. This communication has as its first aim to analyse along similar lines the figures of the decade 1926-36. Various points…