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 little ones on Cunard liners sure for the USA. In 1908, it used to be Mary Ann’s flip and, quickly sufficient, she grew to become a family servant in Brockton.
Denis Murphy used to be from Killarney, County Kerry, and sailed to the US in 1894 along with his mom and 3 siblings. His father went on forward to paintings at R. B. Grover footwear in Brockton. ultimately, Denis Murphy turned a hoseman with the Brockton hearth Department.
In 1918, Mary Ann met Denis at a dance. years later, they married and birthed 3 boys—Thomas, Robert and Edward. via dint of local intelligence and tough paintings, the men all grew to become scientific doctors.
Brockton’s shoe used to be a tree mendacity throughout a raging river that allowed a number of Irish-Americans to arrive larger flooring. quickly adequate, 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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