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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…

Carmel O'Reilly talks about the expectation when she was a young mother to stay at home and mind her children.

In this extract Carmel O'Reilly tells us that when her children were young the expectation at the time as that women stayed at home to mind them. She remembers that did cleaning jobs a night but her primary responsibility was to look after her…

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