A brief biography of Carmel O'Reilly, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.

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Pearse Street area of Dublin city


Shop assistant, mother

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Carmel O’Reilly was born in 1921 and grew up in the Pearse Street area of Dublin. She had a total of six brothers and sisters. Her family shared a room in a house just off Pearse Street. Carmel began work in a pork butcher when she was 14 years old and continued working there until she married at aged 21. Her husband worked as a taxi driver in Dublin and they were very happy together. They had two daughters and three sons. Carmel’s husband died very suddenly when they were married for little more than 15 years. This meant that, for the most part, Carmel reared her children on her own. She remembered that life was often quite difficult after her husband died. While she never returned to full time work she did take up cleaning work at night to help supplement her family income. Carmel really appreciates her community and she is particularly fond of a neighbour who has been her friend for a long time and who is a great source of companionship and friendship. Despite having had a stroke recently Carmel remains a very optimistic person and says that she is very lucky as she is very close to her family. She’s particularly proud of her grandchildren who have done very well in school, university and in their careers and she enjoys going for breakfast and a bit of shopping in town with her daughters every week.

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"Carmel O'Reilly." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #286 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:44 pm)