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Hugh Smullen talks about rationing when he was a child.

In this extract Hugh Smullen says that aside from his recollections of food stamps and rationing of clothing he doesn't have much memory of rationing during the second world war. He attributes this to the fact that they never really had much in the…

Hugh Smullen talks about when his father died and how difficult things were for his mother.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers when his father died and things became very difficult for his mother. He talks about her strategies for surviving the poverty of the time when there was no welfare or little by way of state support. He remembers…

Angela McFarland remembers the tenement house she lived in when she first got married.

In this extract Angela McFarland remembers the tenement house she lived in when she first got married. She occupied two rooms in the house. She remembers that things were often difficult but there were good times there too. She tells us that you…

Stephanie Cannon recalls that life was much harder when she was growing up compared with today.

In this extract Stephanie Cannon remembers that things were hard when she was growing up, much harder than today's life. She describes the housing conditions of her home when she was young and remarks that people have everything now by comparison and…