A brief biography of Marie Murphy, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT projects.

Item Type


Birth Date



South docklands area of Dublin city


Street trader - fruit and vegetable stall.

Biographical Text

Marie Murphy was born in 1937 in Grand Canal Street in the south docklands area of Dublin city. Marie was the third child in a family of four, she had an older brother and sister and a younger brother. Her father worked in the coal yards on the docks while her mother ran a street stall. Her family moved to Clarence Place in the North inner city of Dublin when Marie was young, there they occupied the top floor of a house which included two rooms plus the hall space. Two other families divided the lower floor of the house between them. Later, Marie’s family moved into Pearse House flats on Pearse Street.

Marie married in her early twenties and had seven children; this included five daughters and two sons. She now has thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. From the age of 14 Marie worked at different jobs including working as a soup packer for Astoria soups on Westland Row as well as helping her grandmother and her mother who were street traders in Pearse Street. Together they ran a stall selling primarily fruit and vegetables but also, Marie remembered they sold chicken and fish at one time. Upon marriage Marie finished working in soup packing but continued assisting her mother on her stall. She subsequently inherited the stall and continues trading on Pearse Street today. She is now assisted by her own daughter.

Marie vividly remembers the Pearse Street area of Dublin and reflects on how much the streetscape, as well as the lives of the people living and working in the area, have changed during her lifetime. Marie remembers a very happy childhood. While they all worked very hard, her family were relatively comfortable and they had a steady supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. Marie also acknowledges the strong sense of community that was evident during her childhood and early married life. Significantly, she says that she often misses tenement life. She recalled that people relied on their neighbours and this helped to create a feeling of community. She feels that there is a lot of isolation now among the community compared to when she was younger particularly among those living in houses rather than flats. She says that when you live in a tenement or a flat you are never lonely.

About this item

Date Added



"Marie Murphy (née Moore)." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #291 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:44 pm)