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What kind of music did you used to like?

Well, teenage… well from 14, I suppose, to 18 I wasn’t mad about… how would you put it? Music didn’t concern me in the sense that I wasn’t the way teenagers are now about music, for instance, I never could afford records for that matter, you know what I mean? That particular stage of my life was a rough period in as much as my father was out of work for 18 months, he was sick, you know, that’s the only reason he was out of work and I can tell you I was fighting for survival, as far as I was concerned, you see, my sisters - the two eldest had started to work, I had an older brother who... I have to say about him he was a gentleman, I can’t say it about myself, but he couldn’t take the cut and thrust of life, you know what I mean in the sense of… like, the thoughts of having to go out and graft, you know what I mean? Like, my mother was, if you can imagine, put to the pin of her collar to manage so I said ‘we have to get more money’ so how do we get it? you get it by working so I would go out onto the street and I would ask the dealers do they want anything, I would get up early in the morning and I would meet the dealers coming into the street and you see they had a great pride, they always wanted to be the first out, they’d put their stall out, one of them would come in and they’d look at you and I’d be standing at the corner ‘are you doing anything?’, ‘no’, so we’d put out the stall, you’d get anything from two shillings to half a crown, you might get a second one, now a lot of them have their own families who would come down and do it for them but sometimes there wasn’t and then at 8 o’clock the butchers shops… at that time there were 22 butchers shops on Moore Street so they would be opening up, so I’d go up to all the butchers shops and I would say ‘do you want any messages?’, now some of them made, how would you say, tea jointly, others made it individually so one fella might want, like, they didn’t make sandwiches… well they did, cheese was about the only thing you could get at that time, some of them would ask you to get bread and butter and different little messages like that, tea or sugar, what have you, and when you went back to a shop one fella might give you a hapenny, another fella might give you a penny, some would say ‘I’ll see you again’…


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"Seamus Marken remembers how hard it was to make some extra money for the family." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #344 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:42 pm)