That's Just How It Was

That's Just How It Was

by Mary Thorpe

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“That’s Just How It Was is a moving family tale through which much can be gleaned about life during the push for Irish independence… This is a satisfying, emotionally involving read.”- Clarion Review “Authors of family memoirs often overload their narratives with minutiae that puts nonfamily members to sleep. There are no such encumbrances in Mary Thorpe’s biography of her remarkable grandmother, Bridget O’Rourke. Thorpe…carefully blends Bridget’s story with the events of her day, some of the most pivotal events in Ireland’s history.”- Blueink Review


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ISBN-13: 9781491889879
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 02/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mary Thorpe was born and raised in Wolfetone Square, West Bray, in County Wicklow, Ireland. She was the middle of five children of Patrick and Lolly Kavanagh (nee O’Rourke). She attended St. Patrick’s National School, where she gained a certificate of education at fourteen years of age. She worked in a lot of factory jobs until she met and married Ian Thorpe in England and they had five children. When Mary was forty-one years old, she made the decision to return to education and undertook a course of study in Langley College in Berkshire. Having then gained the relevant qualification to gain entry into university, she applied for and was accepted onto a university course of social sciences, which included social work and higher education. On completion of the university course, Mary was appointed to many social work posts. When her husband and mother died in 1997, she moved north to Preston to be near her daughter. Mary retired in October 2010, and now lives in Preston in Lancashire.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Foreword 11

Historical Background 13

Early Years 35

Moving to Dublin (Crosstwaithe Park) 45

Getting Married/Living in Dublin 64

Moving to Bray 98

Andrew's Death/Life without Him 123

Appendices 185

Bibliography 263

Books/Magazines/Archive Records 271

About the Author 273

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