A brief biography of Jim Quinn, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.

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South Docklands area


Merchant seaman

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Jim Quinn was born in 1930 and grew up around the Pearse Street area of Dublin city moving from Bath Avenue near Ringsend to Shore Street in his early childhood. Jim was the eldest of two sisters and one brother. His father worked as a butcher in Townsend Street.

Jim remembered that he worked pretty much all of his life as he helped his father out in the butchers. After finishing school at 14 Jim served his time as a watchmaker as well as a telegram boy. When he was 16 years of age Jim decided to become a seaman and he began his career on the merchant ships leaving Dublin and Liverpool ports. As a result of his time on the sea Jim is very well travelled. He has worked all along the coasts of the UK and Europe as well as travelling across the Atlantic to Canada and the Labrador straits as well as Newfoundland.

Jim met his wife in Clery’s and he has three children as well as a fourth child which himself and his wife acted as guardians for. Jim is very proud of his children who he says are all doing very well in work and in life. He places a lot of emphasis on education and on reading, having always had a passion for books since his childhood.

Jim maintains his curiosity and interest in reading and educating himself plus he keeps himself active by walking as often as he can. He says that he is looking forward to turning 100 and getting his check from the president!

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"Jim Quinn." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #289 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:44 pm)