In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers when he first starting courting his now wife, May. He remembers that he used spend his tips from his delivery job bringing her out to the picture house and afterwards they would share a bag of chips and mug of Bovril. He remembers they were really happy and that they did that every week.

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..and so we’d get the penny a bag and that would be four and tuppence each, you see, me and the other guy, so we’d go into Keating’s in Store Street and we’d have a pint each after that because you’d be actually carrying them, like, you’d have no shirt, just carrying these sacks up and then … May and I are going together since I was 18, May was 16, you see, so with the money that I’d have left after getting the pint May and I could go to the Bohemian picture house that night and I could buy her a little bag of sweets and then we’d go in and have our supper, a single and a mug of Bovril and that covered that, isn't that right? That was our night out! And we were really happy with that, we thought that was great … I used to do that every week.


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Store Street, Phibsborough


Dublin City Life, Living, Entertainment, Courting



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"Hugh Smullen remembers when he first started courting his now wife, May.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #221 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:52 am)