By Kevin Murphy
Mary Ann Sullivan grew up in a dirt-floor, stone hut in Derrylea, County Mayo. one after the other, Mary Ann’s father positioned his seven kids on Cunard liners sure for the US. In 1908, it was once Mary Ann’s flip and, quickly adequate, she grew to become a family servant in Brockton.
Denis Murphy was once from Killarney, County Kerry, and sailed to the USA in 1894 together with his mom and 3 siblings. His father went on forward to paintings at R. B. Grover sneakers in Brockton. finally, Denis Murphy turned a hoseman with the Brockton fireplace Department.
In 1918, Mary Ann met Denis at a dance. years later, they married and birthed 3 boys—Thomas, Robert and Edward. through dint of local intelligence and difficult paintings, the lads all turned clinical doctors.
Brockton’s shoe used to be a tree mendacity throughout a raging river that allowed a number of Irish-Americans to arrive better flooring. quickly adequate, the water tore the tree away, simply as Brockton’s a hundred chuffing, snorting shoe factories relocated or closed their doorways. at the present time, each final one is gone.
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