In this extract Angela McFarland tells us about her early married life. She says that her husband worked in the coal yard during the winter and the docks during the summer. She remembers that things were difficult for her at that time as she had full responsibility for the entire household and for the rearing of her children. She says this was considered a woman's duty at that time.

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Well my husband worked in the coal …

He worked in the docks and then the coal was it?

He worked on the coal in the winter and the docks in the summer.

Okay. And how long did he do that for?

Oh for years, years, yeah, sure they drank more than they gave up you know...but what could you do, you had to get on with it.

So that were you kind of responsible for the household?

Everything, everything, you name it I had to do it.

The budgets and the food and the …

Everything … that was the woman’s job at that time, mind the kids, wash the kids, dress the kids, leave the kids to school … there was no cars then to bring them, you know…


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Dublin City Life, Work and Family, Family



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"Angela McFarland remembers her early married life.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #236 (accessed February 21 2018, 7:24 am)