Pauline Matthews was born in 1950 in the Ballintemple area of Cork city. When she was an infant her mother contracted tuberculosis and was confined to the chest hospital in Mallow. Shortly afterwards, Pauline contracted the disease, leading her to be hospitalised in St Raphel's Montenotte. Pauline's father was in the merchant navy, meaning he was away for long periods. After an accident at sea, he too was hospitalised, in Australia. The loss of the father's income meant that Pauline's aunt had to not only be the sole visitor to her sister and niece in the hospital but also, hold down a job to provide for her three relatives.
10 February 2020
Ireland; Cork; 1950s;
Cork Folklore Project Sound Archive
Cork Folklore Project
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Cork Folklore Project, “Pauline Matthews,” accessed September 21, 2023, https://corkfolklore.org/archivecatalolgue/document/507.