In this extract Angela McFarland talks about her first paycheck when she started work at Jacobs Factory. She Spoke about giving up her wages to her mother who then gave her pocket money. She remembers she used to always make sure she kept her dance money from the pocket money given to her by her mother.

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So do you remember your first paycheque from Jacob’s?

Yeah, 17 shillings.

17… and what did you do with it?

Gave it to me had to give it up …

The whole lot? And she then gave you your pocket money?

She gave me two shillings back till the following week again.

So that went on until you got married obviously …

No, as the years was going on I became to be a piece worker which I got more money and so I could give my mother more and could keep more for myself.


That was my first wages, two shillings for your pocket money and it’d be about €2 … could you imagine being handed €2 now!

What could you buy for that then?

Well you could buy a few things …

You got to go to the dance with it though?

Well I always kept my dance money! And then my eldest sisters worked, they all worked and they used to give us money as well, you know, so we weren’t too bad.

So they could buy …

There was worse off than us, let me tell you Deirdre, a hell of a lot worse off than us.

Yeah, tough times.

Very, very much so, yeah.


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Childhood, Work



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"Angela McFarland remembers her first pay check when she started working in Jacob's factory.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #121 (accessed February 21 2018, 7:26 am)