In this extract Betty Watson recalls how her mother used to take bundles of washing to the wash house on Tara Street in order to earn extra money to support her family. Betty notes that her life is very different now to her mothers and she remembers that her mother had a hard life.

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Do you think your life as an older women in Dublin is it different compared to your mother's life

Ah yeah, an awful difference, my mother like couldn’t read or write, she could sign her name but she had to go to, there was a wash house on Tara Street, and she used to go to the wash house every other day, three or four days a week, take bundles of washing to earn money to subsidise her income…and I mean, I suppose as we started going to work she had to go less and less but I mean people used to be saying eh…she’d have a bundle of washing for someone for a half crown and a bundle of washing for someone for 5 shillings, so it was, my life was easy in comparison to hers, it was easy when my kids were small, even now as I’m older it’s much more easier.


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Dublin City Life, Work and Family, Work

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"Betty Watson compares her life to that of her mother and remembers that her mother had a hard life.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #75 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:52 am)