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 placed his seven childrens on Cunard liners certain for the United States. In 1908, it used to be Mary Ann’s flip and, quickly sufficient, she turned a household servant in Brockton.
Denis Murphy used to be from Killarney, County Kerry, and sailed to the US 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 grew to become 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. by means of dint of local intelligence and difficult paintings, the lads all grew to become clinical doctors.
Brockton’s shoe used to be a tree mendacity throughout a raging river that allowed a number of Irish-Americans to arrive greater flooring. quickly sufficient, the water tore the tree away, simply as Brockton’s a hundred chuffing, snorting shoe factories relocated or closed their doorways. this day, each final one is gone.
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