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When did you leave school?

Left school at 14 years of age, and I went to work at 14 years of age. And I worked in a place on Townsend street called Hilton it was a mattress factory…it was very near here, mattresses and furniture. You know all that...I was 25 years there, from when I was 14 I was 25 years in it and they said, there was not only me there were a couple of more girls like me there, “look we’ve got machines that can do you work now, so your card will be ready next week” and that’s all we got, our card


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Work, Childhood, Education

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"Betty Dempsey remembers starting work at age 14." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #311 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:40 pm)