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The Flats

The author talks about playing truant with his friends in Saint Stephens Green, and describes how they used to torment the park caretaker.

Extract from: Byrne, L. (2004) The Flats. Baltimore (U.S.), L.L.L.P., p.…

St. Stephen's Green.

St. Stephen's Green This picture shows people relaxing in deck chairs.

Saint Stephen's Green. National Library - Reference Number: VAL…

The Fruit Markets

The ornate Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market in Smithfield was extensively restored in the late 1990s. Approximately 30 independent fruit, vegetable, flower and fish traders were housed in the Market. Interviewee Angela McFarland lived in this…

Marie Murphy remembers the different types of work undertaken by her family

In this extract Marie Murphy remembers the different work her family did. In particular she remembers her mothers fruit and veg stall which has been in her family since her grandmother. Marie now works on the stall as does her…

Marie Murphy talks about her fruit and veg stall which has been in her family for three generations

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In this extract Marie Murphy talks about the fruit stall that has been in her family since her grandmother ran it.…

Seamus Marken talks about his work as a journeyman butcher in Sumerhill and in Moore Street

In this extract Seamus Marken talks about his work as a journeyman butcher in Summerhill and in Moore Street. He says that journeymen butchers were a very proud people in Dublin at one time. He says that he finished working as a journeyman butcher…

Jim Quinn talks about his experiences working on the merchant ships out of Dublin port

In this extract Jim Quinn talks about his experiences working on the merchant ships out of Dublin port. He worked on coasts and remembers travelling all around the coasts of the UK, and Europe. He also remembers running with oil ships across the…

Jim Quinn remembers starting work as a seaman when he was 16 years old

In this extract Jim Quinn says that he began working as a seaman when he was 16 years old and he worked there until retirement at age…

Hugh Smullen remembers the instability of employment and the various jobs he undertook

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers being made unemployed from the delivery job in the flour mills. At this time he was married and had just started a family. He remembers he started working in the coal yard delivering coal. However this work was…

Hugh Smullen describes the very physical work that he undertook during his life

In this extract Hugh Smullen describes the very physical work that he undertook when he worked 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…

Eileen McCann remembers starting work in a solicitor's firm when she was 55 years old

In this extract Eileen McCann remembers starting work in a solicitors firm when she was 55 years old. She worked there until she had to retire at 65. She tells us that she loved working here and that she got on very well. She worked in administration…

Betty Watson reflects on the expectations she had as a young woman.

In this extract Betty Watson reflects on the expectations she had as a young woman. She observes that like most women she focused her attention on getting married and settling down with a nice family. She remarks that things are very different now…

Speaking volumes: a Dublin childhood [extract pp28-33]

Brief history of Swift's (St. Patrick's) Hospital (pp.28-9) - descriptions of Thomas St. street traders (p.29) (link to Moore St. traders?) descriptions of small 'huckser' type shops (pp.29-31)

Extract from: Devlin, Edith Newman (2000) Speaking…

Hugh Smullen vividly recalls his working life which started at age 14.

In this extract Hugh Smullen vividly remembers his working life which started at aged 14. He remembers leaving school at 14 and starting work as a messenger boy for a Tailor Shop in the city centre. He remembers vividly working as a delivery boy and…

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Eileen McCann talks about leaving school at 14 and starting work in Jacob's factory.

In this extract Eileen McCann speaks about leaving school at 14 and beginning work in Jacobs factory. She remembers that she left work there when she got married after which she worked as a cleaner in different people's houses. Later in her life she…

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Betty Watson expresses regret at having to leave school at 14. She reflects on the deprivation of education in her early life.

In this extract Betty Watson expresses regret at having been forced to leave school at 14. She reflects on her life as a wife, a mother and a housekeeper and acknowledges the lack of educational opportunities open to her as a younger woman which…

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Angela McFarland remembers starting full-time work at age 14.

In this extract Angela McFarland remembers when she first started working full time at age 14. She remembers working in Jacob's factory for a time. In this extract she recalls going to the interview for the…

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Power's Court, View from Delahunty's Buildings

Power's Court, View from Delahunty's Buildings. A delivery boy with his cart advertising Lipton's Tea stands outside a terrace of houses. The cobbled street must have made pushing a heavily-laden cart an arduous business.

Power's Court, View from…

Delivery boy

In the days before supermarkets, many shops employed messenger boys to run errands and to deliver customers' shopping. The grander stores generally supplied a smart uniform like the one worn by the young man in this photograph.

Interviewee Hugh…

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It's a Long Way From Penny Apples (Extract pp.28-33)

Author's story of life in Summerhill slum as one of 14 children - Rise to wealth through hard work and determination - Stephen's Green dream idyll (p.28), Rationing (p.31).

Note: like many of the interviewees, Cullen left school at 13. His early…

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Betty Watson notes that she has worked throughout her life beginning when she was 14.

In this extract Betty Watson remembers that she has worked throughout her life beginning when she was 3 weeks short of her 14th birthday. She remembers that she had to stop work when she got married but that she restarted in her married name.…

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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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Betty Watson talks about her husband's job in the gas company.

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In this extract Betty Watson speaks about her husbands job in the gas company.…

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…