In this extract Hugh Smullen talks about the importance of family support. He remembers that his father was ill with TB and that there was a fear that his sister was becoming ill, as a result his Aunt took his sister in. This was to help out his mother and his family.

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So you had five other brothers and sisters.

I’d five other brothers and sisters, then an aunt … a sister of my mother’s took Mary, who was next to me, she took her, this is the way they done things to help out, you know, they took eh, they took Mary do you see?

This would have been after your father died was it?

Or even maybe before because he hadn’t got the best of health like all the time, he got Tuberculosis, you know, and that was rampant at that time, we were lucky though that we didn’t …

Yeah, you were very lucky …

We were very, very lucky … Mary did end up with a cloud on the lungs, it had to be watched and all but sure she’ll be 80 now in January so she’s okay like. But they took her, my mother’s sister took Mary in … and then there was Rose, Rosy, and em Pascal, James and Willy and that was … they were the brothers so they were left, so three of them are gone although I’m the eldest … Willy, Pascal and Rose have died … there’s Mary, I and James have survived.


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Dublin City Life, Community, Social support



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"Hugh Smullen talks about the importance of family support.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #179 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:48 am)